Maine Bird Atlas Final Season
April 28, 2022 at 11:59 am
The Maine Bird Atlas is in the home stretch but there is a lot of work to be done in the final season! We’ll get there, block by block, but we need your help. This 5-year statewide project will guide Maine’s future bird conservation efforts, and every submission helps!
2022 Season Kickoff Meeting
April 15, 2022 at 11:15 am
On Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 6:30 pm (EDT) we’re kicking off the 5th and final season of the Maine Bird Atlas with an evening for Atlas volunteers to connect, strategize, get inspired, and hear all the latest atlas updates from the team of project coordinators!
New England Cottontails have returned to Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area!
April 15, 2022 at 12:41 pm
MDIFW’s restoration efforts for the New England cottontail rabbits (a State Endangered species) is a multi-faceted approach.
Ring in the Spring with the Heron Observation Network – 13 Years and Counting
April 6, 2022 at 1:58 pm
Of the many harbingers of spring, herons returning to their colonies is my favorite! Before we embark on the 14th year of heron colony monitoring, let's first review results from the 2021 volunteer efforts.
First Maine Island-Nesting Heron Tagged with GPS Transmitter
June 3, 2021 at 8:31 am
IFW technician Brittany Currier holds tagged great blue heron just before release. To ensure everyone’s safety, IFW biologist Amanda Cross holds onto the bill.
Tracking Nokomis Connected People to Place, Both Near and Far
March 19, 2021 at 3:45 pm
As a biologist, I know death is as much a part of the life cycle of all organisms as life itself, but it can still be difficult to contend with especially after you’ve “gotten to know” an individual animal by following its movements for nearly five years. That individual is Nokomis, a great blue heron we tagged with a GPS transmitter in 2016.
Harper Wows Us Again!
October 29, 2020 at 11:47 am
Harper, the GPS-tagged Great Blue Heron, has done it again! Last fall she impressed us with her 38-hour nonstop flight over the open ocean. This year, she has gone above and beyond, flying for 68 hours and 2,030 miles nonstop from Quebec to Georgia.
A Quick Look Back Before the 2020 Heron Watching Season Begins
April 6, 2020 at 11:03 am
How about we forget about what’s going on in the crazy world for just a moment and think about the month of June 2019, which is when Heron Observation Network Volunteers conducted most of their colony visits last year.
Harper's Marvelous Migration Sparks More Questions - Here Are Some Answers
October 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm
For those who may be late to the party, “Harper” is an adult female great blue heron who was captured and tagged with a GPS transmitter in Harpswell, Maine, by IFW biologists with the help of students from Harpswell Coastal Academy and volunteers with Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.
Heron Tagged in Harpswell Surprises Biologists
June 20, 2019 at 8:44 pm
For nine students at Harpswell Coastal Academy, Wednesdays in May meant donning knee-high boots, venturing to a nearby wetland, and hoping for signs a hungry great blue heron had been there. As part of a spring class elective, these students were dedicated to helping MDIFW ultimately tag a great blue heron with a GPS transmitter as part of an ongoing project to better understand heron habits in Maine.
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