Seasonal Change Initiative: Maine Sea Grant and University of Maine Cooperative Extension Host Workshops for Citizen Science Project Participants

Citizen Science Trainings to Be Hosted by Extension and Sea Grant

Maine Sea Grant and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension are hosting a series of in-person workshops for individuals interested in joining the Signs of the Seasons citizen science project. The first training session will take place on Thursday, April 4th from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Stimpson’s Point in Brunswick. Additional workshops will be held throughout April and May in Falmouth, Wells, Augusta, Camden, and Boothbay. A full schedule can be found on the Signs of the Seasons webpage.

Those unable to attend in person can participate in a 3-part webinar series. Workshop participants will learn about phenology, which is the study of cyclic and seasonal changes in plants and animals. They will practice making observations and leave with tools and knowledge necessary to set up their own observation site to record changes in phenology. Signs of the Seasons aims to enlist volunteers to identify and record changes in over 20 different indicator species, including rockweed, milkweed, loons, butterflies, and lilacs. These observations are vital for understanding Maine’s changing climate.

Data collected by volunteers participating in Signs of the Seasons is used to create a comprehensive record of seasonal changes in the region. This information is shared with collaborating scientists and resource managers for further analysis. The workshops are free to attend but require registration through the program website. For more information or to request reasonable accommodation, contact Keri Kaczor at keri.kaczor@maine

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