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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.

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.

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.

Regional Middle School Teacher Communities with Vital Signs

The Vital Signs Team is working with middle school educators from across the state who are excited about bringing more authentic science investigations into their classrooms. These regional teacher communities (RTCs) are focused on building community in rural teacher communities, enhancing teacher practice, and increasing student interest and success in science.

Browntail Moth Boom

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According to the Maine Forest Service, this is one of the "worst major, widespread outbreaks in over one hundred years." Read this article for the full story on the browntail moth in the northeast - http://www.northeastipm.org/about-us/publications/ipm-insights/browntail...

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!

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