2020 Signs of the Seasons Trainings

Given the COVID-19 situation in Maine, UMaine Extension has made the decision to make trainings available online.

This 3-part webinar series includes information about the importance of studying phenology in a changing climate, relevance of indicator species to New England, and how to set up a site and start observing. Produced by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant.

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Esperanza Stancioff at 207.832.0343 or
esp@maine.edu.

Please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form to receive notifications of future training opportunities.


Training Information

Thank you for your interest in participating in our volunteer training events! Each training includes a wealth of information including: introduction to phenology, importance of studying phenology in a changing climate, relevance of indicator species to New England, and how to set up a site and start observing. While these trainings are designed with the new volunteer in mind, previously trained volunteers are always welcome to come for a refresher.

SOS trainings are typically held in early spring, February through May, to prepare observers to capture the excitement of the spring season, but exact timing varies. If you want to become an SOS Observer, please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form so that you will receive important notifications. We can also add your email to our mailing list to receive newsletters and program updates, but please alert us in the comment section of the Interest Form.

We offer two types of trainings: Upland (i.e., terrestrial) and Coastal Rockweed.

  • Upland trainings are the most popular: there are 22 indicator species to choose from, sites can be easily established in backyards or other nearby locations,
  • Coastal trainings are specific to observing Rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum): highly rewarding but more intricate protocol, requires reasonable proximity to coastal sites.

Reach out to us if you have questions about these programs! Contact Information.