Signs of the Seasons: A Maine Phenology Project

Signs of the Seasons is a citizen science environmental monitoring program which began in 2010. Participants 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, and climate scientists and educators at the University of Maine. Current participants include Master Gardeners and 4-H Youth Development groups affiliated with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, K-12 teachers and students, coastal environmental monitoring groups, and interested individuals from many parts of the state.

Please visit the project website to learn more about Signs of the Seasons, or to sign up as a phenology observer:

Or, contact Esperanza Stancioff or Beth Bisson for more information.