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

A group of citizen scientists are currently learning about rockweed phenology along the coast in Brunswick through workshops hosted by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant. These workshops, which are part of the Signs of the Seasons citizen science project, will be held at various locations throughout April and May.

The first training session will take place on Thursday, April 4 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Stimpson’s Point in Brunswick. 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.

Signs of the Seasons aims to recruit volunteers across the state to monitor and document changes in over 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!

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