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Hot Topic! European Naiad Confirmed in Maine River

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In late September this year, a local citizen scientist was out monitoring the Salmon Falls River when they found European Naiad (Najas minor). This aquatic invasive plant is no joke; it can easily grow into a whole new plant from tiny pieces that have broken off (which typically occurs in the fall when stems become brittle).

Vital Signs Online Intro Institute

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Vital Signs has been hosting teacher institutes since 2009. We’ve worked with over 300 teachers in that time, supporting them to use Vital Signs (VS) in the classroom, and implement other authentic science learning experiences. We are constantly evolving our professional development offerings to best support teachers and classrooms.

SeDoMoCha Middle School Invasive Species Carnival

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    Guest blog post from Mary Kate Povak from SeDoMoCha Middle School.
    The 7th grade class at SeDoMoCha Middle School spent the last two months of the 2014/2015 school year preparing a special treat for the RSU #68 community thanks to funding from the Vital Communities* Project through Vital Signs.

Vital Signs at the 2015 MSSM STEM Collaborative

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Over the last week I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the 2015 Maine School of Science and Mathematics STEM Educator Collaborative. I had the chance to work with some great teachers from all over the state and I co-taught a Vital Signs course with Pat Parent.

Educator Survey Data

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This past February we sent around a survey to our Vital Signs community and The Maine Science Teachers Association listserv to gauge who is using Vital Signs, how they are using it, and how we can improve the program.

The Browntail moth

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This year is shaping up to be a strong one for an invasive species unique to the coastal area of Maine, the Browntail moth. Due to a dry Spring we could be seeing the worst conditions here in a decade with increased Browntail moth populations.

Vital Signs on MPBN Maine Calling

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Sarah Kirn, the Education Programs Strategist here at GMRI was recently on the radio program Maine Calling to discuss Citizen Science, including the opportunities here at GMRI such as Vital Signs, Snap-a-Striper, and Maine Jellyfish Tracking. Listen to the archive here on the MPBN website.

Maine State of Learning

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The Vital Signs program is proud to be part of the Maine State of Learning (MSOL) pilot project this summer as we look at ways to promote learning opportunities and recognize accomplishments of our students by awarding them digital badges.

Looking Back: Spring 2015 with Vital Signs

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Happy Summer!

The sun is out and so is school! We thought we’d take advantage of this lovely day to look back on the spring 2015 field season!

Students and educators across the state took off to their nearby ecosystems and collected some great data!

Hot Topic! Invasive Aquatic Plants

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The 4th of July is right around the corner kicking off another beautiful Maine summer. Each summer brings an influx of visitors to the state, reigniting the efforts of courtesy boat inspectors and lake monitors who are all on the look out for invasive aquatic plants. The common means of spreading these invasives is by bringing boats, trailers, fishing gear and other recreational items into this state.

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