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Welcome to Signs of the Seasons: A New England Phenology Program

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Using their backyards as laboratories, participants in the Signs of the Seasons program help scientists document the local effects of global climate change. Hundreds are trained to observe and record the phenology (seasonal changes) of common plants and animals living in their own communities – a citizen science project that fills a gap in regional climate research. Volunteers across Maine and now New Hampshire record the growth of milkweed, the nesting of robins and more. The goal is to build a rich, detailed record of the region’s seasonal turns, a resource too costly to build without a network of citizen volunteers. The collected data are made available to our collaborating scientists and resource managers. 


StaRSS Feed icony current on regional phenology news with the Signs of the Seasons Latest News Page or our News RSS feed!   It is updated regularly with phenology research, species information and interviews with researchers.

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Phenology Webinars

Join the USA National Phenology Network for webinars in 2014! Learn more about findings as the year progresses, how to visualize your own data, and more at: https://www.usanpn.org/nn/connect/Webinars2014

View our 2013 Signs of the Seasons webinar, A Phenology Focus on Maine, produced by our close partner, the USA National Phenology Network: at https://www.usanpn.org/node/20357


Summer 2014 Signs of the Seasons Trainings

Trainings for Monitoring Upland and Freshwater Aquatic Species:

There are no trainings currently scheduled.

Coastal Trainings for Intertidal Monitoring of Rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum):

  • August 19, 12:00-2:00 p.m. at the Downeast Institute, Beals, ME.  Registration closed.

If you have read the Volunteer Role Description (PDF) and still have questions or you would like to suggest that a training be held in your area, click here or e-mail elissa.koskela@maine.edu.


University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant coordinate the Signs of the Seasons program in partnership with the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN), Acadia National Park, Schoodic Education and Research Center, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Maine Maritime Academy, Maine Audubon, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and climate scientists and educators at the University of Maine. Current participants include Master Gardners, 4-H Youth Groups, and coastal groups affiliated with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant, as well as other groups and individuals across the state in all 16 counties.