Observing Climate Change Through Citizen Science: Signs of the Seasons Workshops in Maine

Citizen Science Trainings to Be Hosted by Extension and Sea Grant

Signs of the Seasons, a citizen science project that aims to understand Maine’s changing climate, will be hosting a series of in-person workshops for individuals interested in participating. 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. Further workshops will be held in Falmouth, Wells, Augusta, Camden, and Boothbay throughout April and May. A complete schedule can be found on the Signs of the Seasons website. In addition to in-person workshops, a 3-part webinar series is available for those unable to attend in person.

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 leave with the tools and knowledge necessary to set up their own observation site to record changes in phenology. The project aims to recruit 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 detailed record of the seasonal changes in the region. This data is shared with collaborating scientists and resource managers for further analysis. The workshops are free to attend but require registration on the program website. For more information or reasonable accommodations, contact Keri Kaczor at keri

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