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Portland student working on an invasive species cookbook

Have you ever wondered what you can do with invasive species? One high school student, Oliver Curtis, started a project with the Telling Room (a non-profit writing center in Portland, ME) that will end in him publishing a book, an invasive species cookbook!

Read more about this story HERE.

Spring 2016 Fieldwork Activity

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From coastal to upland, and into freshwater habitats, the Vital Signs community has had a productive spring. We had participation from grades 3-12 and also had some amazing work done by citizen scientists/students in their spare time!

Teachers Inspire Our Future Scientists

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Pat Parent, an amazing teacher from Massabesic Middle School, works each year to engage his students in authentic science that is relevant to their lives and their community. A piece of that work is doing citizen science with Vital Signs throughout the year.

Vital Signs Citizen Scientists - Future Maine Conservation Leaders

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It's easy to get discouraged in the face of the many challenges we observe in the Gulf of Maine and beyond. Whether it's a warming Gulf of Maine, or the spread of invasive species throughout our watershed, I'm thinking about these challenges on a daily basis.

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?”

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.

VS student recognized as Student of the Year by MEGAT

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On October 30th the Maine Educators of the Gifted and Talented (MEGAT) recognized Ben Levesque as the Student of the Year at their annual conference. Ben was recognized in part for his VS work in the Massabesic Middle School invasive species forum.

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).

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