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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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New Webinar Focusing on The State of Maine’s Loons

Signs of the Seasons, in partnership with Maine Audubon, is now offering an informative multimedia webinar on The State of Maine’s Loons. The webinar,  details where loons go in winter, their diet, their current population within Maine, and looks at how they are likely going to be impacted by climate change.   The webinar also explores […]

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Signs of the Seasons Offers Rockweed Phenology Webinar

Curious about how your coastal phenology data is being used? Signs of the Seasons is proud to present our 2017 Coastal Research Update webinar (recorded June 20, 2017).  Collaborating scientist Dr. Jessica Muhlin from Maine Maritime Academy outlines the importance of Ascophyllum nodosum (rockweed) and gives an update on the latest rockweed research and findings. […]

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Signs of the Seasons in the news!

Local news station WABI TV5 stopped by our Signs of the Seasons training last night at the Fields Pond Audubon Center in Holden. Click the link to view the story: http://wabi.tv/2017/04/25/how-to-become-a-citizen-scientist/.

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Do You Have Phenology Anxiety?

A recent Washington Post story detailed a relatively new anxiety phenomenon: worry that natural occurrences are seriously out of whack due to climate change. Driven by this concern, people are choosing to become citizen scientists, either by joining phenology programs like Signs of the Seasons and Nature’s Notebook or on their own. By recording observations […]

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Maple Sugar Industry Faces Unpredictability in the Face of Climate Change

Maple syrup has long been a delicious harbinger of spring and important industry, although scientists and maple producers are worried about the future of this temperature-dependent industry. That is because the cycle of cold temperatures at night and warmer temperatures during the day that are best for maple sugar production are less predictable than in […]

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March is Maple Sugar Month

March is International Maple Month in Canada and the United States! Maple sugaring season begins now, and the states of Maine and New Hampshire are planning celebrations in honor of the industry. The New Hampshire Maple Producers Association’s Maple Weekend will be held March 25 and 26, and Maine Maple Producers Association will hold Maple […]

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Monarchs to Begin Migrating from Mexico this Month

One of our important indicator species, the Monarch butterfly, is set to begin their migration to North America from their overwintering roosts in Mexico. Using environmental cues, most will depart Mexico by mid-to late March. Monarchs are unique as they are the only butterfly known to undertake a two-way migration like birds do. Eastern monarchs […]

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2017 Training Dates

2017 Signs of the Seasons Trainings Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth, ME. March 20  – 4:00pm to 6:30pm. Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden, ME. April 25 – 4:00pm to 6:30pm. Hutchinson Center, Belfast, ME. April 3 – 4:00pm to 6:30pm. Hancock County Cooperative Extension, Ellsworth, ME. Canceled. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME. April 27  – […]

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