St George School Investigates the Mystery of the Alewives


Guest blog post by Alison England, middle school science teacher from St. George School in Tenants Harbor.
With help from the Vital Signs Freshwater Mini-grant, St George School students are following leads in our community mystery of why alewives are not returning to our marsh following several years of restocking and the brief "appearance" of a small group of alewives coming into our marsh two years ago.

Meet the Scientist--Vernal Pools with Aram Calhoun


On Tuesday, May 8th, Dr. Aram Calhoun, from the University of Maine, Orono, joined the Vital Signs community to talk about her current research into Maine's vernal pools, including how the surrounding terrestrial environments impact amphibian reproduction in the pools, and how her work has helped to protect vernal pools.

Check out these Field Missions for Spring 2018


After a long and snowy winter, we know that school years will be going late here in Maine-- what a great opportunity to try out a field mission! Here are some of our new missions:

"City" Nature Challenge April 27 - 30


Are you looking for a fun excuse to get outside this spring? Join us in the City Nature Challenge (CNC) on April 27-30 (or, as we’re calling it in Maine, the “City” Nature Challenge).

Climate Change Data

For those of you interested in exploring climate data, here are some of our favorite resources, all of which are free and do not require any log-in:

Submit to Findings from the Field and participate in a community of young researchers

Students from eight schools from across the state are sharing their research through Findings from the Field: a Middle School Journal of Scientific Research and it is not too late for your students to participate, too! We will be accepting new submissions through mid-May.

Emerald Ash Borer Update

Hey there VS Community,

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced an expansion of their Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) quarantine area. It comes right up to the border of Maine, just below Aroostook County line. Read this bulletin for more information.

You can get involved in EAB monitoring efforts with Vital Signs by following the Field Mission steps HERE.

Investigating Macros with Students in the 5th Grade


Guest blog post by Alanna Doughty, educator, Lakes Environmental Association, Bridgton. This project is supported by the Vital Signs Freshwater Mini-grant.

I am an environmental educator outside of the school, working with lots of different classes. This year I embarked on a macroinvertebrate and water quality analysis with 5th graders.

Climate Change and Invasive Species in the News

How do marine debris and climate change affect the movement of species across the world's oceans? Will we see a new wave of marine invasives as extreme weather events become the norm? Check out this news article from ecoRInews: Riding the Waves: Invasion of Exotic Marine Species.

Loranger Memorial School 6th grade Science Investigation- Is the Goosefare Brook a healthy ecosystem?


Guest blog post by Laura Seaver-Maley, Loranger Memorial School, Old Orchard Beach

Our investigation revolved around the question, “Is Goosefare Brook a healthy ecosystem?”

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