Join Judy Outside: Solstice Edition

December 24, 2019 at 9:19 am

By Commissioner Judy Camuso

This year I opted to celebrate the winter solstice by watching the sun rise over the ocean off Prouts Neck in Scarborough.  The scene was incredible and no matter how many times I watch the sunrise, I am always rewarded with nature’s beauty and solace and glad I dragged myself out of bed at 3:30 am. 

Winter Atlas Season Begins!

ArrayDecember 17, 2019 at 1:58 pm

The Winter Atlas is here! December 14th launches the winter season so grab your binoculars and get out for some winter atlasing.

White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera Photo by Doug Hitchcox

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My First Christmas Bird Count

December 17, 2019 at 8:36 am

By Wildlife Biologist Sarah Spencer

I have a confession to make: I’ve never participated in Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC)…until now. I don’t have a good excuse why I never before donned my binoculars to collect data during this nationwide event that occurs every December, I just never prioritized it. That all changed on a recent warm, rainy, Saturday in December.

Which eBird Portal to Use for Maine Bird Observations?

ArrayDecember 10, 2019 at 11:02 am

We have recently made the decision to keep 2 state-based eBird portals for Maine. Although having 2 portals for entering Maine eBird records may seem confusing, deciding which portal to use is quite simple. If your checklist includes one or more species with a breeding code of Confirmed, Probable, or Possible, enter the entire checklist  in the Maine Bird Atlas eBird port

Maine Birder Band Helped the Heron Tracking Project Take Flight

December 4, 2019 at 2:37 pm

Three years ago, MDIFW embarked on a heron tracking project, which has since redefined how many Mainers view great blue herons, understand their habitats and movements within the state as well as beyond our nation’s borders. Prior to this project, we knew little about where herons wintered, how many years they may nest in the same colony, how far they fly to forage. Additionally, we knew little about nesting, post-breeding, migration and wintering seasons.