2018 Signs of the Seasons Trainings & Webinars

Volunteer Training for Signs of the Seasons

All trainings are free, but we ask that you register so that we can be prepared for the appropriate number of people. Register online by clicking here.

Past Trainings:
Belfast City Free Library, Belfast, ME. March 9.
UMaine Knox-Lincoln County Cooperative Extension office, Waldoboro, ME. March 21.
Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth, ME.
March 29.
Lakes Environmental Association, Bridgton, ME. April 17.
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME. April 24.

If you missed one of these events, please fill out a Volunteer Interest Form to be notified about future trainings.

Coastal Trainings for Rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) monitoring.

Past Trainings:
March 28th at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire.
May 8th at the Herring Gut Learning Center in St. George, Maine.
May 29th in Rockport, Maine.

Visit our Resources for Coastal Observers page to learn more about Coastal Rockweed monitoring.

Upcoming Webinars

We already have several exciting webinars planned for 2018! All webinars are free, but prior registration is requested (link here). Put these dates on your calendar and plan to keep an eye on this webpage for more information and updates. We record the video from each webinar so if you missed one check back soon for the link to view the video recording. While you wait, take a look at the previously recorded webinars below.

May 24th, 3pmSeth 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 Birds, Bugs, and Select Plants in the Acadia Region”. *Webinar recording available below.

June 6th, 3:30pmIntroduction to Anecdata for Coastal SOS Monitoring. *Webinar recording available below.

June 7th, 3pm Dr. Caitlin McDonough Mackenzie will be presenting a webinar titled: “Researching phenological change in Acadia National Park: from hikes to experimental gardens.” *Webinar recording available below.

June 28th, 3pmDr. Kristine Hoffmann will be joining us for a webinar on Wood Frog ecology and research in Maine. *Webinar recording available below.

Register for webinars here*

*Registering lets us know that you are interested and provides contact information so that we can send you the details for how to log in and view the webinar.

Previously Recorded Webinars

The 2018 Webinar Series:

Wood frog research and ecology.

Dr. Kristine Hoffmann provides an overview of Maine amphibians and then focuses on a local wood frog research project. (Recorded on June 28, 2018.)

Researching phenological change in Acadia National Park: from hikes to experimental gardens.

Dr. Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie shares a research update on her work in Acadia National Park and introduces a new project that includes the use of experimental gardens on Cadillac Mountain. (Recorded on June 7, 2018.)


Advancing phenology: tracking changes of birds, bugs, and select plants in the Acadia Region.

Seth Benz, Director of the Bird Ecology Program at the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park and a Signs of the Seasons Program Advisor, provided an overview of the phenology-related projects happening throughout the park. (Recorded on May 24, 2018.)

Introducing Anecdata for Coastal SOS Monitoring.

Join us as we introduce Anecdata as the online database for our Coastal SOS Monitoring program. Featuring Duncan Bailey, Systems Developer for Anecdata and the MDI Biological Laboratory. (Recorded on June 6, 2018.)

The 2017 Webinar Series: 

Uncovering the Past Through Maine’s Historic Phenology Data

Learn about Dr. Caitlin Mcdonough’s research to uncover, compile, and analyze phenology resources in the understudied region of northern New England and quantify the flowering and leaf out responses of species and populations in these plant communities. In this webinar, she talks about her historic collaborators — a hunting guide’s journal from mid-twentieth century northern Maine and the 1894 Flora of Mount Desert Island, Maine. (Recorded August 4, 2017).

The State of Maine’s Loons

Where do loons go in winter?  What do they eat? How many are in Maine? How are they impacted by climate change? Learn the answers to these and many more questions in this short, informative multimedia webinar. The webinar also looks at population changes over the last 33 years, research on causes of mortality, and efforts to conserve their lake habitat in Maine. (Recorded July 13, 2017).

Coastal Research Update

This program provides an introduction to Signs of the Seasons coastal observing protocols and an Ascophyllum nodosum (rockweed) research update by our collaborating scientist, Dr. Jessica Muhlin from Maine Maritime Academy. (Recorded June 20, 2017).