MDIFW Blog

Leon at the shooting range

Sights Set on Success

Since the modernization of the Summerhaven Shooting Range in Augusta, doors of opportunity have opened, providing safe access for the public to practice shooting and cultivating sportsmanship and participation in a healthy but challenging environment. Reforming the shooting range has delivered more versatile yet comfortable conditions for participants, and simultaneously has offered trained and certified Range Safety Officers (RSO) to provide efficient and sound assistance.

MDIFW Biologists conducting wood turtle surveys

Wading for Wood Turtles

MDIFW Biologists conduct wood turtle surveys to verify and track occurrences of the Species of Concern, improve knowledge of habitat use and home range, and effectively map them for conservation planning.

workshop participants in the field

Deceive a Beaver, Save a Beaver

To learn more about the biology and ecology of beavers, and ways to live with them, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), The U.S. Department of Agriculture (UDSA) -Wildlife Services, and the town of Dixmont partnered and held a training, open to those who might have direct or direct involvement with beaver conflicts, to demonstrate the best ways to live with beaver.

common nighthawk

The Art and Science of Aerial Insectivores

Eating bugs for breakfast is an important job! Aerial insectivores navigate complex habitats with athleticism, artistry, and grace. How do they do it?

red bats

Summer Living with Bats

Maine is home to 8 species of bats. If you are finding bats on your property, odds are they have been there longer than you realize!

salmon

Chesuncook Lake Salmon Fishery Update

We’ve invested a lot of time since implementing a new management strategy on Chesuncook Lake back in 2018. We are getting close to our harvest goal, and the fish are starting to respond.

electrofishing

While You Were Sleeping, We Were Electrofishing!

Electrofishing is a highly effective way to non-lethally sample a population and is very efficient for studying bass during their May-June spawning season.

PCCA award presentation

Penobscot County Conservation Association Honored with 2021 Maine Warden Service Colonel’s Award

The Penobscot County Conservation Association was honored with the 2021 Maine Warden Service Colonel’s Award on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, by Maine Warden Service Colonel Dan Scott. This award may be presented annually to an individual or individuals who the Colonel has determined have provided distinguished support and/or service to the Maine Warden Service and/or its mission.

bear cub

Boasting Maine’s Black Bears

Many don’t realize it, but at some point or another, you’ve likely been in the presence of a bear in the Maine woods. Here are some facts about our state’s bears!

bunting

Big Atlas Weekend 2022 - June 24-26

This exciting annual event is a fun way for birders from across the state to document breeding birds and come together as a birding community.