UMaine offers ‘Signs of the Seasons’ training program in Belfast

Posted:  Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 5:45pm

BELFAST — On March 25 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant will a conduct training program on the “Signs of the Seasons,” a citizen science training session that will take place at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast.

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 the training program, contact the UMaine Extension Knox-Lincoln County Office by phone at 832-0343, or by email contact Pamela Doherty at or Esperanza Stancioff at

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant coordinate “Signs of the Seasons: A New England 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, Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, University of New Hampshire Sea Grant/Cooperative Extension, 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.

For more information, visit, or to request special accommodations, contact Esperanza Stancioff at 832-0343 or e-mail 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.

Event Date: 
Tue, 03/25/2014 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Event Location: 
University of Maine Hutchinson Center
Contact Name: 
UMaine Extension Knox-Lincoln County Office
Contact Phone: 
(207) 832-0343