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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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2017 Trainings to Begin in March

Fill out a Volunteer Interest Form to be added to our mailing list, so we can contact you with Spring 2017 training dates. Coastal Trainings for Rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) monitoring Stay tuned for additional training dates and locations TBA Spring 2017. Fill out a Volunteer Interest Form to be emailed when Coastal Trainings are scheduled! […]

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Fall Migration Alert!

Though the days are still warm, the nights are starting to cool down — and migrating creatures of all kinds are beginning to take notice. Discover more about behavior changes in a variety of animals, including Monarch Butterflies and Ruby Throated Hummingbirds and learn how you can help track their migration by visiting the Journey North […]

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Citizen Science Contributes to Advances in Scientific Understanding – WhiteHouse.gov

Increasing Scientific Understanding of Seasonal Variation in Plants and Animals Nature’s Notebook is a national, online program where amateur and professional naturalists regularly record observations of plants and animals to generate long-term data sets used for scientific discovery and decision-making. Read more about Nature’s Notebook and the National Phenology Network’s successes as described by the White […]

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Maine Maple Production Numbers Are In!

This spring we produced 22% more maple syrup — and it’s all because of spring weather and temperatures! Read this great, short Bangor Daily News article about the season and how we compare to other Northeast states’ production.

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…a strange winter like this….

Two winters ago, we had heaps of snow. This past winter, we wore short sleeves in December, and watched in amazement as the garden confusedly attempted to grow months in advance of the regular season. So what’s going on with the weather in Maine? And what does it mean for managing our national park and other […]

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Rockweed: Habitat, “manure” or bovine Viagra?

Ascophyllum nodosum — more commonly known as rockweed — is an intertidal seaweed that grows along our rocky Maine coast. This innocuous-looking brown alga serves as habitat and food for more than one hundred species of fish, crustaceans, and birds. It is also harvested for human food, fertilizer, and other value-added products. Currently, rockweed harvest is a […]

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In April, Loons Return

Loons spend the winter on the ocean, but in April, they start returning to our lakes. Why do they make the journey? To raise chicks, of course! Have you spotted any recently returned loons on your lake? Find out more about the loons’ annual migration in this short and informative article.

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Recognizing Spring, Scientifically

Sunday March 20th marked the Spring Equinox for us here in the northern hemisphere. Calendars announced the start of spring that day, but Mainers know March still requires mittens and wood stoves. So how do we figure out when the winter season ends and a different one begins? Is it a date, a specific temperature, […]

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