University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant will conduct a training program on the Signs of the Seasons Program. This citizen science training session will take place at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, April 4, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The training is free and open to interested volunteers, though registration is required.

Participants will learn about the history and science of phenology, which is the study of seasonal changes in plants and animals. The training will cover the importance of this effort and the connection to our changing climate and the research being conducted. Participants will gain practical experience for observing and recording plant and animal life cycles in your own backyard, schoolyard or other community location while contributing valuable data. In addition, participants will also learn how to add their data to the national online database hosted by the USA-National Phenology Network.

To register for this training program, contact the UMaine Extension Knox-Lincoln County Office, contact Pamela Doherty at pamela.doherty@maine.edu or Esperanza Stancioff at esp@maine.edu; 832-0343 or 1-800-244-2104.

For more information, visit http://umaine.edu/signs-of-the-seasons/ or to request special accommodations, contact Esperanza Stancioff at 832-0343 or (800) 244-2104 (in Maine). UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. To provide adequate time to respond to your request please provide as much notice as possible.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant coordinate Signs of the Seasons: A Maine Phenology Program in partnership with the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN), Acadia National Park, Schoodic Education and Research Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Maine Maritime Academy, Maine Audubon, and climate scientists and educators at the University of Maine. Current participants include Master Gardeners, 4-H Youth groups, teachers and many others with an interest in phenology.