A group of citizen scientists are currently participating in workshops hosted by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant to learn about rockfish phenology along the Brunswick coast. The workshops are part of the science project for citizens, Signs of the Seasons, which aims to recruit volunteers across the state to monitor and document changes in more than 20 different indicator species such as rockweed, milkweed, watermelons, butterflies and lilacs.

The first practice is scheduled for Thursday, April 4, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm at Stimpson’s Point in Brunswick. Additional workshops will be held in various locations such as Falmouth, Wells, Augusta, Camden and Boothbay throughout April and May. More details about the workshop schedule can be found at extension.umaine.edu/signs-of-the-seasons. For those unable to attend in person, a three-part webinar series is also available.

During the workshops, 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. Data collected by these volunteers contributes to a detailed record of seasonal transformations in the region and is used by collaborating scientists and resource managers.

The workshops are free but registration on the program’s website is mandatory. For additional information or to request accommodations, individuals may contact Keri Kaczor at keri.kaczor@maine.edu or 207

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