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Meet the VS Summer Interns - Episode 2

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    Ruthie Hawley and Jeffrey Rubel are both interns this summer at Vital Signs. They have been working very hard since they have arrived, but they managed to set aside a few minutes to introduce themselves to you. In this second installment, you will meet Ruthie.

Meet the VS Summer Interns - Episode 1

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    Ruthie Hawley and Jeffrey Rubel are both interns this summer at Vital Signs. They have been working very hard since they have arrived, but they managed to set aside a few minutes to introduce themselves to you. In this first installment, you will meet Jeffrey.

Invading our news: Invasive species news blog, Update 2

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    Hi! I’m Mainer95, a summer intern at GMRI. One project that I’m working on this summer is this special blog series, Invading Our News.

    Here is the second installment. I hope its not baa-ring. (Image source: hello-julie, Flickr user, CC: BY, NC)

Video Blog! Japanese knotweed

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    Greetings from the coast of Maine! This week I went searching with my wonderful cousin, Amelia, for Japanese knotweed. We did not have to go far from her home in Brunswick to find this aggressive plant. We found huge bushes right behind the local Dairy Frost.

Becoming an Invasive Plant Patroller

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    Last week I had the pleasure of attending an Invasive Plant Patroller (IPP) training up in Lovell. The Maine Volunteer Lakes Monitoring Program (VLMP) organizes the IPP program in order to train volunteers to prevent, detect and respond to infestations of the “eleven most unwanted” in their local lakes and ponds.

Eyes on the Water & Other Watershed-Relevant Activities for 2012

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    If you live on or near Kezar Lake or are planning to visit this summer, or if you're looking to learn more about community watershed efforts, check out these events in the Kezar Lake watershed. Learn about native aquatic plants, and help monitor for the unwanted invasives.

Invading our news: Invasive species news blog, Update 1

Jeffrey Rubel is a summer intern at GMRI sharing his energy and talents with the Vital Signs community. Check out his special blog series, Invading Our News.

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    We all know of the invasive species in and around Maine – rock snot, purple loosestrife, and emerald ash borer, just to name a few. But, these species don’t only threaten or invade our state; many of them are found all around the US. For the next three weeks, we will share with you some news blurbs about how the government (state and federal) and different organizations are addressing these species. Maybe you’ll get inspired to write to your representative or create an event modeled after one of these. Read on!

Video blog! Invasive variable watermilfoil

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    My name is Ruthie Hawley and I am interning at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute this summer and working closely with the Vital Signs program and community. I hail originally from Poulsbo, WA, outside of Seattle, but go to school at Colby College. One of the projects I have taken on this summer is creating an Invasive Species Video Blog that is highlighting important invasive species that are affecting communities across the state of Maine....

A record breaking spring

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    The Vital Signs community is setting new participation records this spring!

    523 species observations and 16 projects (including 22 species ID cards) were posted. 710 supportive and informative conversations were had by students, educators, species experts, and citizen scientists!

    Highlighted here are some of the great observations that were published, and some of the participants who are making an impact. Keep in mind that there were MANY great observations, projects, and comments contributed. Be sure to check out the new additions to the Best of Vital Signs page!

Sharing VS with CA

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    “We’d like Vital Signs to be the keynote presentation at our California Biodiversity Citizen Science Meeting at the California Academy of Sciences. We’re so impressed with your amazing program. We admire how you combine many elements we are looking for in our future citizen science program."

    How could we say no to that?!

    Conference proceedings
    (Vital Signs keynote starts on page 38)

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