Maine Extension and Sea Grant will offer citizen science trainings in April and May

A group of aspiring citizen scientists are coming together to learn about rockweed phenology along the coast in Brunswick through workshops hosted by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant. The Signs of the Seasons citizen science project is hosting these workshops, which aim to recruit volunteers across the state to monitor and document changes in over 20 different indicator species, including rockweed, milkweed, loons, butterflies, and lilacs.

The first training session will take place on April 4th from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Stimpson’s Point in Brunswick. Additional workshops will be held in various locations throughout April and May, such as Falmouth, Wells, Augusta, Camden, and Boothbay. Those unable to attend in person can also participate in a three-part webinar series that is available online.

During the workshops, participants will learn how to make scientific observations of phenology and practice making these observations. They will also acquire the necessary tools and knowledge to establish their own observation sites to record changes in phenology. 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 accommodations, individuals can contact Keri Kaczor at or 207-974-9502 or Beth Bisson at . Don’t miss out on other upcoming events in the area!

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