Seasonal Science: Maine Sea Grant Offers Workshops to Participate in Signs of the Seasons Citizen Science Project.

Citizen Science Trainings to Be Hosted by Extension and Sea Grant

In-person workshops are being offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant to individuals interested in taking part in the Signs of the Seasons citizen science project. The first training session is set for Thursday, April 4th from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Stimpson’s Point in Brunswick. Further workshops will be held in Falmouth, Wells, Augusta, Camden, and Boothbay throughout April and May. A complete schedule can be found on the project’s webpage. For those unable to attend in person, a 3-part webinar series is available.

During the workshops, participants will learn how to make scientific observations of phenology, which is the study of cyclic and seasonal changes in plants and animals. They will practice making observations and receive the tools necessary to set up their own observation site to record changes in phenology. The goal of Signs of the Seasons is to recruit volunteers who will identify and record changes in over 20 different indicator species, including rockweed, milkweed, loons, butterflies, and lilacs. These observations are critical for understanding Maine’s changing climate.

Volunteers’ data is used to create a detailed record of seasonal changes in the region and shared with collaborating scientists and resource managers for further analysis. The workshops are free to attend but require registration on the program website. Those interested can contact Keri Kaczor at keri.kaczor@maine.edu or Beth Bisson at beth.bisson@maine

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