A recent training session for community scientists was held at the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, where participants practiced phenological observations of common plants. This collaboration between the University of Maine and Maine Sea Grant will host a series of in-person workshops for those interested in joining the Signs of the Seasons citizen science project. The first session is set for April 4th at Stimpson’s Point in Brunswick, with additional workshops scheduled throughout April and May in Falmouth, Wells, Augusta, Camden and Boothbay.

During these workshops, participants will learn how to make scientific observations of phenology, which involves studying seasonal and cyclical changes in plants and animals. They will have the opportunity to practice making these observations and gain the knowledge and tools needed to set up their own sites for recording changes in phenology. The Signs of the Seasons Project is a statewide effort to engage volunteers in identifying and documenting changes in over 20 indicator species that are important for understanding Maine’s changing climate, including rockweed, milkweed, watermelons, butterflies and lilacs.

The data collected by volunteers through this project is helping to build a detailed record of seasonal changes in the region, which is available to collaborating scientists and resource managers. These workshops are free to attend but registration is required on the program’s website. Those who need accommodations can contact Keri Katzor or Beth Bisson by email or phone for more information about the Signs of the Seasons citizen science project.

By Samantha Johnson

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