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Special Exhibit at Curtis Memorial Library

The Curtis Memorial Library is featuring a special exhibit titled “Citizen Science: Signs of the Seasons” through October 28th. Visit the library to see highlights of the Signs of the Seasons program and learn more about citizen science projects around the world. Location Curtis Memorial Library 23 Pleasant Street Brunswick, Maine 04011 Call the library  […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Jerry Schoen

Jerry recently retired from the University of Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center, where he worked for over 20 years. During his time there, he was involved in the development of a wide range of projects but focused primarily on volunteer water quality monitoring programs. He became interested in phenology about 10 years ago and recognizes […]

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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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New Tutorial Video: Anecdata

We have developed a tutorial video for our Coastal SOS observers to walk through using Anecdata. This video covers: setting up an account, uploading observations, editing posted observations, and viewing the data. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please reach out to us!

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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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