Invasive species pose a significant threat to Maine’s iconic flora and fauna, yet many questions remain unanswered. What impact are invasives having today? How will climate change impact invasive and native species? What long-term impacts are mitigation efforts producing?
Vital Signs partners Maine students with scientists and citizen scientists to investigate these issues and contribute valuable data to real environmental research.
Participants explore local habitats, collect evidence, and post their observations to the Vital Signs website – a powerful online learning environment that connects them to a community of experts and each other. Through the site, students and citizen scientists can comment on each other’s observations, species experts can confirm findings, and scientists can pose research questions and then use the data to inform their studies.