K9 School: Basic Obedience

June 24, 2020 at 3:51 pm

The past few months have been unusual to say the least. Restrictions due to COVID-19 has made some aspects of training difficult and quite different. The original K9 school which was scheduled to run from March to June was canceled.

Managing for New England Cottontail in State Parks

June 23, 2020 at 8:28 am

By Wildlife Biologist Sarah Spencer

If you’re a regular reader of the MDIFW Blog, then you’re already familiar with the New England cottontail. If you’ve joined us more recently, welcome! Here’s a quick recap on some of the New England cottontail-themed blogs we’ve shared with you to date:

Within Safe Dates of All Species!

ArrayJune 17, 2020 at 2:05 pm


By Doug Hitchox

As of June 10, we are now within the safe dates of all species. Yes, that means all possible codes can be used with needing to refer to your Maine Breeding Birds Safe Dates Chart, hurray! No more charts! No more paper cuts flipping to page 20 of your volunteer handbook! This is a good time to brush up on your Acceptable Breeding Behavior Codes by Species though.

The Importance of Entering Breeding Codes on Checklists

ArrayJune 5, 2020 at 2:13 pm

By Maine Bird Atlas Coordinator Glen Mittelhauser

As we move into the heart of the Atlasing season, it is important to remember to associate a breeding code with every bird observation. The goal of the Maine Breeding Bird Atlas is to create a map for each species showing a snapshot of the current breeding population in Maine.