ORONO - project seeks citizen scientists- Half of the plants described by Henry David Thoreau in his classic 1854 book Walden have disappeared from Walden Pond.
That is an example of how relatively rapidly climate change can modify our natural environment, says University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant climate change educator Esperanza Stancioff.
A new statewide "Signs of the Seasons" bio-monitoring program recently launched by Stancioff, Beth Bisson, the assistant director of outreach and education and co-coordinator of the program, and colleagues will use volunteers to monitor Maine's phenology, or nature's clock.
The project is partially funded by an $8,000 grant from UMaine Extension and recently a $10,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with in kind contributions from other collaborators.