Scientists

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!

Hot Topic! Emerald ash borer – Invasives on Maine’s doorstep

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Picasa, DAB3218

First detected in Michigan in 2002, the emerald ash borer (EAB) has now spread to at least 24 states and two Canadian provinces. EAB infestations have been reported in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. So, although Maine has not had any recorded infestations, EAB is only 20-30 miles away and the Maine Forest Service says they are preparing for the inevitable. Maine citizen scientists can help by monitoring with Mission: Emerald ash borer.

Help Maine Forest Service Cooperators Track the Spruce Budworm in Maine

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Guest blog post by: Emily Owens, Healthy Forest Partnership

The Budworm Tracker Program, a component of the Healthy Forest Partnership, is looking for additional volunteers to join its Budworm Tracker citizen science program in Northern Maine.

Messalonskee Middle School Mission: Are the crayfish in our pond invasive?

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Guest blog post by Amanda Ripa's students from Messalonskee Middle School:
At Messalonskee Middle School, we have a stormwater pond behind our school. Despite collecting polluted water, there are many living things. During nature journaling, we noticed that there were a lot of crayfish! We put out a trap and the next day, the trap was full! From this observation, we wanted to answer our research question, “Are the crayfish in our pond invasive?”

A Field Day with New England Cottontails!

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Despite the cold and wet weather this past Saturday, 17 hearty souls left the comfort of their warm beds to learn about the new Vital Signs Mission: New England Cottontail.

Massabesic Middle School's 2nd Invasive Species Forum

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Guest blog post from Pat Parent from Massabesic Middle School.
The Massabesic Middle School Aroostook Team’s 2nd Invasive Species Forum on November 20th was quite the hit. We decided to collect data from visitors to the Forum to get an idea of who is attending. We were also trying to get an idea of how much people knew about invasive species prior to their visit to our Forum and the overall impression of the Forum. The following are some of our findings.

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.

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.

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!

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