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2020 Signs of the Seasons Training CANCELLED
April 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm| Free
Given the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation in Maine, UMaine Extension is making the decision to cancel this training.
Using their backyards as laboratories, participants in the Signs of the Season’s program help scientists document the local effects of global climate change. Hundreds are trained to observe and record the phenology (seasonal changes) of common plants and animals living in their own communities — a citizen science project that fills a gap in regional climate research. Volunteers across Maine and now New Hampshire record the growth of milkweed, the nesting of robins, and more. The goal is to build a rich, detailed record of the region’s seasonal turns, a resource too costly to build without a network of citizen volunteers. The collected data are made available to our collaborating scientists and resource managers.