Beware of Block Boundaries

ArrayDecember 22, 2020 at 9:14 am


By Doug Hitchcox

An important part of the Maine Bird Atlas is knowing which species are breeding or wintering in each atlas block. When you submit a checklist in eBird, you are either placing a pin on a map or, using the app, your location maybe automatically selected. It is important to review your locations to make sure birds are being reported in the blocks you actually saw them, not accidentally slipping into a nearby block because you were so close to the boundary. Here are a few tips to keep birds in their blocks:

New 2021 Fishing Regulations for Moosehead Lake

December 16, 2020 at 10:40 am

We will be operating under new regulations when the ice fishing season opens on January 1st, 2021 on Moosehead Lake. Recently, the brook trout population in Maine’s largest lake has seen significant improvement with many fish in the three to six-pound range caught both summer and winter.  It’s truly been an incredible few years.  I don’t think anyone can remember a time when we have seen this many quality/trophy wild brook trout come from one lake in Maine.

About Danielle D'Auria

Photo of DanielleDanielle D'Auria is a wildlife biologist who works in the Bird Group of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. She focuses on understanding statewide populations of colonial wading birds, secretive marsh birds, black terns, loons, and other rare water birds.

Oil Response Training: Hoping for the Best, Preparing for the Worst

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Photo of wardens gathering abandoned decoys

Early in October, you may have noticed several Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife vehicles lining route 202 next to Annabessacook Lake while staff deployed canoes and kayaks into the water, paddling against strong winds and chilly temperatures while others assisted from shore. Some passerby’s slowed down to gawk, some even stopped to inquire what happened, concerned of what might be unfolding.