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


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.

Browntail Moth Boom


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 -

Hot Topic! New England Cottontail


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


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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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


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?


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!


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


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.

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