University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant will conduct free training sessions for Signs of the Seasons, a program for volunteers to contribute local plant and animal life-cycle data for climate change research.

Sessions are open to all interested volunteers; registration is required. Participants will learn about phenology, the study of seasonal changes in plants and animals; how to observe and record plant and animal life cycles in their own backyard, schoolyard or other community location; and how to add their data to a national online database hosted by the USA-National Phenology Network.

Sessions in the midcoast will be held on:

• Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m. to noon - Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association, 624 Sheepscot Road, Newcastle

• Tuesday, March 25, 1 to 3:30 p.m., University of Maine Hutchinson Center, Belfast

• Saturday, April 5, 9:30 a.m. to noon - Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay

For more information, visit To register, e-mail Pamela Doherty,, or Esperanza Stancioff,, or call 832-0343 or 1-800-244-2104. To request special accommodations, contact Stancioff at either of the numbers above.