Citizen scientists

Hartford-Sumner Elementary School 5th Graders Survey Bear Pond

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Guest blog post by Gretchen Kimball, teacher from Hartford-Sumner Elementary School.

Eurasian Water Milfoil Found in Lake Cobbosseecontee

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An aggressive aquatic invasive plant, Eurasian water milfoil, was just detected in the northern end of Lake Cobbosseecontee.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and Bird Diversity

With the spread of hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive forest pest, scientists are seeing a shift in the types and numbers of birds species from less specialists to more generalists. Read more about why this matters and the details of these interactions HERE.

"City" Nature Challenge April 27 - 30

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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).

Fall 2017 Field Season in Review


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The Fall 2017 field season was a season of diving deeper for the Vital Signs Community. Citizen scientists from all across the state and into NH gathered and shared meaningful, environmental data.

Vital Signs goes Downeast

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On Friday April 28th, at the University of Maine in Machias, 12 classroom educators, 1 employee from the Department of Marine Resources, and 1 educator from the Downeast Institute, joined together for the Washington County STEM Improvement Institute with Vital Signs; a full day of work around dealing with data in the context of an authentic investigation. Teachers represented grades 5-12 and the towns of Machias, Perry, Pembroke, Harrington, Jonesport, and Beals.

Hot Topic! New England Cottontail

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Many of you may be familiar with the New England Cottontail from a past Hot Topic! we posted here a little over a year ago now. Didn't see that post? Check it out HERE.

Fall 2016 Field Season

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On this snowy day in February, we thought it would be a great chance to reflect on the amazing Fall 2016 field season that the Vital Signs Community had. This was an exciting fall, with new community members from all across the state and into NH participating and gathering data!

Portland student working on an invasive species cookbook

Have you ever wondered what you can do with invasive species? One high school student, Oliver Curtis, started a project with the Telling Room (a non-profit writing center in Portland, ME) that will end in him publishing a book, an invasive species cookbook!

Read more about this story HERE.

Spring 2016 Fieldwork Activity

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From coastal to upland, and into freshwater habitats, the Vital Signs community has had a productive spring. We had participation from grades 3-12 and also had some amazing work done by citizen scientists/students in their spare time!

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