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On Friday, March 20, the first day of spring, we launched a six-week challenge to Hancock County residents: contribute observations of fauna and flora to eBird and iNaturalist.

From March 20 through April 30, 2019, there were 253 observations of 162 species by 35 observers in Hancock County contributed to iNaturalist. We know there are more of you out there, and we need your help to document environmental change and inform the science and solutions.

We use eBird to track bird sightings, and iNaturalist for everything else (be sure to add the Downeast and Acadia Project), although you can use iNaturalist for birds, too. For example, on this day (March 20) one year ago, people observed chickadees, common goldeneyes, starlings, glaucous gulls, turkey vultures, purple sandpipers, crows, and a bald eagle. What did you see today?

We’ll be sharing more stories of citizen science past and present, as well as our own nature observations throughout April 2020, Citizen Science Month.