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Participants in the Signs of the Seasons program help scientists document the local effects of global climate change by observing and recording the phenology (seasonal changes) of common plants and animals living in their own backyards and communities. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant coordinate the 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.
|NEW! Interview with Ivan Fernandez: Ivan Fernandez, Professor of Soil Science at the University of Maine, is using phenology in his study of the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems. Read the interview.
NEW! Resources for Observers: Indicator Species Fact Sheets now available. Take a look!
NEW! Resources for Educators: Lesson Plan Activities
For the first time since 1990, the USDA has released a new Plant Hardiness Zone Map. This one is more accurate and detailed and offers a GIS-based interactive format. You can also search for your zone by zip code. See the above link to the USDA announcement and read the recent article that appeared in the Kennebec Journal.
If you are interested in getting more information about becoming a Signs of the Season volunteer, please contact us. We would love to hear from you!
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