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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).

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 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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