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Citizen Science Training Sessions in Maine to Track Seasonal Changes in Plants

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Extension and Sea Grant Collaborate to Offer Citizen Science Training

Recently, community scientists took part in a training session hosted by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant. During the session, they learned how to make phenological observations of common plants. The Signs of the Seasons citizen science project is a statewide effort aimed at recruiting volunteers to identify and record changes in over 20 indicator species important for understanding Maine’s changing climate.

The first workshop will take place on April 4 at Stimpson’s Point in Brunswick, with additional sessions to follow in Falmouth, Wells, Augusta, Camden, and Boothbay throughout April and May. Participants will gain the knowledge and tools needed to set up their own site to observe and record changes in phenology. They will also have the opportunity to practice making observations during the workshops.

The data collected by volunteers in this project helps build a detailed record of the region’s seasonal changes, which is accessible to collaborating scientists and resource managers. The workshops are free to attend, but registration is required on the program website. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, individuals can contact Keri Kaczor or Beth Bisson via email or phone.

By Samantha Nguyen

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