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Friends of Sears Island host 'Searching for Spring' phenology program April 10

Apr 01, 2019
Courtesy of: Marc Ryckaert Forsythia, an early spring bloomer.

Belfast — Friends of Sears Island will host a free presentation titled "Searching for Spring: An Overview of Phenology Research and Citizen Science Initiatives in Maine” by Elisabeth Maxwell on Wednesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Belfast Free Library Abbott Room at 106 High St.

Phenology is the study of seasonal changes in plants and animals. Without even realizing it, we all observe phenology events that occur around us: the first snow fall, bird migrations, leaves changing color, flowering of our favorite plants, and more.

This presentation will introduce what phenology is and how it is observed, and will describe some of the current research efforts taking place around the state.

Elisabeth Maxwell is a co-coordinator for Signs of the Seasons, a citizen science monitoring program that trains and supports participants of all ages throughout New England in recording phenology. Using their backyards as laboratories, participants in the Signs of the Seasons program help scientists document the local effects of global climate change.

For more information and to learn more about Friends of Sears Island, visit or To learn more about the Signs of the Seasons Program, visit



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