Citizen Science

Spring is prime time for citizen scientists, also called "community scientists," to get involved with helping to gather data for research about our natural world and more. Even with public health and social distancing in mind, many opportunities to contribute to citizen science projects exist all across Maine, and globally as well. We’ll learn what they are, and how to participate.

Isaac Merson

In coordination with the Nature/PBS series “American Spring LIVE” (airing April 29, 30 and May 1) and Maine Public's tie-in event at the Gisland Farm Audubon Center on April 27, our Maine Calling will highlight nature appreciation, phenology, science education and citizen science, and we’ll ask callers to share what signs of spring they look for in their part of the state and how they are getting involved with their natural surroundings.

Citizen Science

Jul 15, 2016

Throughout Maine, volunteers contribute legwork and observations for citizen science projects. These citizen scientists gather valuable data on wildlife, water quality, climate change and more.


Karen Wilson, Associate Research Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of Southern Maine

Susan Gallo, Maine Audubon wildlife biologist

Esperanza Stancioff, Extension Educator, University of Maine Cooperative Extension & Maine Sea Grant