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Scientists want your photos to study fall foliage in Acadia

BAR HARBOR, ME – Your old vacation photographs of Acadia National Park in autumn could help scientists research changes in fall foliage. Fall in Acadia seems to be arriving later, as warm temperatures extend longer into September and October. But are the leaves changing color later, too? Stephanie Spera, assistant professor of geography at University […]

Planning for the Future of the Dragonfly Mercury Project

The Dragonfly Mercury Project preceded the Second Century Stewardship initiative, but it is an exemplar of the type of science and stewardship the initiative supports and aims to grow—a project that engages the public (hands-on, in this case) and addresses issues critical to preserving our national treasures. The Dragonfly Mercury Project started at four parks […]

Request for proposals for 2020 fellowships

The partners of Second Century Stewardship have announced the Request for Proposals for fellowships to support research in Acadia National Park in 2020. Founded in 2016 by the David Evans Shaw Family Foundation, Second Century Stewardship is a partnership of Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, the National Park Service, and the National Park Foundation […]

Smetzer research in National Parks Traveler magazine

2018 Fellow Jenny Smetzer’s research on climate change refugia was featured in National Parks Traveler podcast. Editor and co-founder Kurt Repanshek participated in the science communication workshop at Acadia in July, sharing his insights on what stories resonate with his audience of park visitors and supporters.

Second Century Stewardship at the Ecological Society of America

Second Century Stewardship staff and fellows recently participated in the Ecological Society of America’s annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. The gathering of some 3,000 participants was an opportunity to share Second Century Stewardship research and promote #ParkScience. Staff from SCS partners Schoodic Institute and the National Park Service hosted two workshops to help scientists communicate […]

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Learning to communicate park science

In July, we gathered the 2018 and 2019 Second Century Stewardship fellows with National Park Service and Schoodic Institute staff, Acadia Teacher Fellows, and partners for 2.5 days of science communication training. With more than 3,000 research permits granted each year and an extensive history of scientific inquiry, the national parks are a place where […]

Research focus: How climate change will change Acadia

Second Century Stewardship research is featured on the front page of this week’s Mount Desert Islander newspaper. “The centerpiece of the initiative is a fellowship program that each year brings three early career scientists to Acadia to study some of the ways that climate change is likely to affect – or is already affecting – […]