Maine Extension and Sea Grant will offer citizen science trainings in April and May

Citizen Science: Exploring Phenology with University of Maine and Maine Sea Grant Workshops

A group of enthusiastic citizens are taking part in workshops led by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant to learn about rockweed phenology along the coast in Brunswick. These workshops are part of the Signs of the Seasons citizen science project, which aims to recruit volunteers across the state to monitor and document changes in more than 20 different indicator species like rockweed, milkweed, loons, butterflies, and lilacs in order to better understand Maine’s evolving climate.

The first training session will take place on Thursday, April 4 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Stimpson’s Point in Brunswick. Additional workshops will be held throughout April and May at locations such as Falmouth, Wells, Augusta, Camden, and Boothbay. Participants will learn how to make scientific observations of phenology, practice making these observations, and acquire the necessary tools and knowledge to establish their own observation sites to record changes in phenology.

The Signs of the Seasons project is free to join, but individuals must register on the program website prior to attending a workshop or webinar series. For further information or accommodations, individuals can contact Keri Kaczor at keri.kaczor@maine.edu or (207)974-9502 or Beth Bisson at beth.bisson@maine.edu . Don’t miss out on other upcoming events in your area!

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