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.

Upcoming Trainings:
May 29th in Rockport, Maine. Exact location to be determined. If you are interested in participating, please register HERE or email Elisabeth.

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 required (link here) and we are limited to 50 participants. Put these dates on your calendar and plan to keep an eye on this webpage for more information and updates. While you wait, take a look at the recorded webinars from 2017 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”.

This webinar will highlight some project work carried out by staff colleagues, partners, and volunteers on birds, plants, and species interactions.  Seth will share information gleaned from long-term studies on raptor migration, seabird migration, and predictive modeling for future songbird populations. Additionally, he will share an overview of the institute’s newest project on species interactions on developing phenology trails in the region.

Register for webinars here*

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.”

*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 2017 Webinars

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).