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Volunteer Spotlight: Elissa Koskela

Elissa joined the Signs of the Seasons team in 2014 as the program’s Assistant Coordinator. She enjoyed phenology so much that she has continued to be an observer ever since. “I was new to the science of phenology, but found it interesting that tracking local species could give insight to the larger picture of climate […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Orrin Shane

Orrin attended a Signs of the Seasons training at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in 2013 and he has been a dedicated volunteer since monitoring several tree species. “My favorite species to observe is red maple (Acer rubrum) because the tree is a sign of spring and has beautiful flowers.” Orrin believes that climate change […]

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Activity Report Now Available

The 2016-2017 Signs of the Seasons Activity Report is now available. This report helps us, as a program, evaluate our collective accomplishments and plan for the future. The success of Signs of the Seasons is built upon our wonderful network of volunteers and partner organizations who we thank within the report. The 2016-2017 Activity Report […]

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2018 Webinar Series

We already have several exciting webinars planned for 2018! All webinars are free, but prior registration is required* (link here) and we are limited in the number of participant spots. May 24th, 3pm – Seth Benz, the Bird Ecology Program director at the Schoodic Institute in Acadia National Park will be joining us for a webinar titled: “Advancing Phenology: Tracking Changes of […]

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Seminar note: “Understanding Forest Vulnerability to Climate Change”

On April 10th, Maria Janowiak gave a seminar titled “Understanding Forest Vulnerability to Climate Change” at the University of Maine. Maria is the Deputy Director of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIAC), a program of the U.S. Forest Service. In her presentation, Maria provided a summary of a vulnerability assessment that NIAC recently […]

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Making Headlines: Spring Arriving Earlier

A recent article by the Washington Post highlighted data collected through the USA National Phenology Network. The trends captured within the data demonstrate that the onset of spring (first leaf date) is occurring earlier for most of the US. It also shows that a large part of the US has experienced higher than average spring […]

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35th Annual Maine Maple Sunday

2018 marks the 35th anniversary of Maine Maple Sunday. Sugarhouses across the state will be hosting special events and activities on March 25th. Activities may include tours, demos, tastings, and much more. Find an event near you by checking out this map. Additional Resources:  https://www.discovernewengland.org/things-do/new-englands-maple-sugaring-season http://www.maine.gov/dacf/ard/market_promotion/maine_maple_sunday.shtml http://www.getrealmaine.com/Events

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2018 Volunteer Training Dates

UMaine Knox-Lincoln County Cooperative Extension office, Waldoboro, ME. March 21 – 4:00pm to 6:30pm. Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth, ME. March 29  – 4:00pm to 6:30pm. Lakes Environmental Association, Bridgton, ME. April 17 – 4:00pm to 6:30pm. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME. April 24 – 12:30pm to 3:30pm. All volunteer trainings are free, but […]

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New Signs of the Season Webinar on Historical Maine Phenology

On Aug. 4, 2017, Signs of the Seasons hosted it’s third webinar in it’s summer educational series. The webinar focused on exploring historic Maine phenology and was given by Dr. Caitlin Mcdonough, a post-doctoral researcher at Acadia National Park and the Schoodic Institute. The webinar, Uncovering the Past Through Maine’s Historic Phenology Data, showcases her […]

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