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2017 Signs of the Seasons Training


Signs of the Seasons trains citizens to identify and record seasonal changes for plants and animals that are important for understanding Maine’s changing climate.  We are looking for volunteers who are interested in recording observations in their own community! No previous experience is necessary and it doesn’t take a lot of time!  Please select your preferred date and location to participate in the upcoming trainings.

** For more information on Signs of the Seasons visit our website.
Questions? Contact: Esperanza Stancioff at  esp@maine.edu or Pam Doherty at 207.832.0343.

Signs of the Seasons Trainings:

  • Monday, March 20; 4:00pm – 6:30pm, Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth.
  • Tuesday, April 25; 4:00pm — 6:30pm, Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden.
  • Monday, April 3; 4:00pm – 6:30pm, Hutchinson Center, Belfast
  • Monday, May 8; 10:00am to 12:30pm, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Wells
  • Wednesday, May 10; 1:30pm – 4:30pm, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay.

Coastal Trainings for Rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) Monitoring

  • Monday, April 10; 4:30pm – 6:30pm, Darling Marine Center, Walpole.
  • Tuesday, April 18; 10:00am – 12noon, Darling Marine Center, Walpole.
  • Monday, April 3; 11:00am – 1:00pm, Gundalow, Portsmouth, NH.
  • Wednesday, May 3; 12noon – 2:00pm, Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth

To register, select a training date, proceed to checkout and create an account if necessary.

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Program Description

Using their backyards as laboratories, participants in the Signs of the Seasons 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.

For more information about Signs of the Season Program and events, please visit our  website.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Esperanza Stancioff at 207.832.0343 or 1.800.244.2105 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.


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