• Tue. May 28th, 2024

Citizen Science Booms in Maine: Workshops Teach Phenology to Observe Changes in Rockweed and Beyond”.

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 28, 2024
Maine Extension and Sea Grant will offer citizen science trainings in April and May

A group of citizen scientists in Brunswick are learning about rockweed phenology through workshops hosted by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant. The Signs of the Seasons citizen science project is part of this initiative, with additional workshops taking place throughout April and May in locations such as Falmouth, Wells, Augusta, Camden, and Boothbay.

During these 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. The aim is 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 data collected by these volunteers contributes to a detailed record of the region’s seasonal transformations and is used by collaborating scientists and resource managers. The workshops are free but registration on the program website is mandatory. For further information or to request 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 the area!

By Samantha Nguyen

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