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Community Announcement: Maine Audubon’s Birdathon to Take Place May 17

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
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For Immediate Release

May 7, 2014

Contact: Michelle Smith, Communications & Marketing Manager
[email protected]
(207) 781-6180 x209
Mobile: (207) 838-0511 

Maine Audubon’s Birdathon to Take Place May 17

FALMOUTH – Maine Audubon’s annual statewide Birdathon will take place on Saturday, May 17. The Birdathon is a bird-watching event during spring migration in which participants try to identify as many bird species as possible in one day. The Birdathon is an annual fundraiser for Maine Audubon that supports our mission to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat. Whether you are a beginning or serious birder, you can join the fun!

Maine Audubon kicked off the Birdathon in 1999 as a friendly competition to encourage birders and nature enthusiasts to get outside and document how many bird species they can see in one day. Supporters make pledges per bird spotted or a one-time donation. 143 species were identified in the first year. “The Birdathon is a great way to get outside, support Maine Audubon and engage in some friendly competition,” said Maine Audubon staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox. “We encourage everyone in the community to get involved, whether you want to form a team or pledge your support.”

Join the fun!

You can participate in three ways:

  1. Register your own team
  2. Pledge to support a team
  3. Submit a one-time donation to support a team

For more information, contact Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Staff Naturalist, at (207) 781-2330 x237 or [email protected].


About Maine Audubon

Maine Audubon’s science-based approach to conservation, education and advocacy advances wildlife and wildlife habitat conservation in Maine. Our citizen science programs connect Maine people to engaging volunteer opportunities that make meaningful contributions to conservation research. The largest Maine-based wildlife conservation organization in the state, Maine Audubon has eight centers and wildlife sanctuaries and serves over 50,000 people annually, with 15,000 members and 2,000 volunteers.

Conserving Maine’s wildlife. For everyone.

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Report: Veazie Dam Ceremony, Celebration and Breaching

Friday, July 26th, 2013
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Maine Audubon is proud to be part of the Penobscot River Restoration Trust and this unprecedented project for the people and wildlife of Maine. Our long history of work to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat includes extensive efforts to keep the state’s major rivers open for travel – for fish, wildlife, and people. In the Bangor area particularly, Maine Audubon’s Penobscot Valley Chapter has long advocated to protect the ecology of the Penobscot River and watershed and has played a key role in helping build support for this project.

We support the Penobscot Project because it provides an incredible national example of large-scale watershed-based collaboration and conservation. Maine Audubon is also especially committed to the Penobscot Project because it provides new and exciting opportunities to foster a better understanding of the broad benefits of river restoration to birds as well as to sea-run fish and other wildlife. Birds such as the Barrow’s goldeneye, belted kingfisher, osprey, and bald eagle are likely to benefit directly from an increased fish population in the river, and wintering and juvenile common loons that eat marine fish may also benefit.

In the spring of 2011, IF&W biologist Charlie Todd documented the largest eagle aggregation in Maine in recent times and the highest breeding density of ospreys anywhere in Maine along the Sebasticook River. Mr. Todd attributed this to the large alewife run that was restored following the removal of the Edwards Dam in 1999. The potential benefits are even larger on the Penobscot once we remove the Veazie Dam and complete the fishways upriver and on tributaries, such as the Pushaw Lake Fishway.

Ecological benefits will be broad:

  • New wetland habitat along the riverbanks
  • Possible expansion of rare mussels as they catch a ride upstream on returning Atlantic salmon and alewives
  • More kingfishers, river otters, osprey, and bald eagles feeding on burgeoning fish populations
  • More waterfowl feeding in the open riffles during winter

Opportunities for people to observe and enjoy this wildlife while strolling along the riverbank, picnicking at a riverside park, fishing, or paddling will be greatly expanded. A similar revival on the Kennebec has occurred since the removal of the Edwards Dam, including millions of river herring and a recognized run of American shad, an important and valuable sport fish.

We would like to thank all those who have made this day possible.

View this special report from Maine Audubon board member, Bob Duchesne:


Desperately Seeking Birders

Well, maybe not quite desperately, but we would love to have your help! Maine Audubon is looking for birders willing to travel to bird habitat “hotspots” throughout the state, and report back their findings via eBird, the on-line checklist program from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  The goal of this effort is to expand Maine’s Important Bird Area program to include some of the many places we believe are important for species of high conservation concern, but for which we lack quantitative data.

With every new checklist added by birders, we’ll be able to build the case for the more than 20 sites that have been identified by the Important Bird Area Technical Committee as needing more information before they can be approved as Maine IBAs. See the map below for the sites we are focusing on this spring. If you have additional sites you’d like considered as IBAs, or if you have questions about the locations or using e-Bird to report your sitings, e-mail Susan Gallo at [email protected].

Visit the IBA home page for more information about the Maine IBA program or to see a list of current, approved IBAs established in Maine.

Thank you for your help, happy birding!


Report: Thursday Bird Walk at Gilsland Farm

Sunday, May 5th, 2013
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This past Thursday a large and enthusiastic group joined staff naturalist Mike Windsor for a walk around our Falmouth based sanctuary. Going on a bird walk with knowledgable birders and experts like Mike opens your eyes and ears to all that is around us. As we await full on warbler wildness there are many species to keep us occupied.

Note: The next two weeks for the greater Portland area (May 6-17) Mike will lead free Warbler Walks M-Th at Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, and Capisic Pond Fridays. And if you are in the greater Bangor area the Neighborhood Bird Walks begin on May 8.

Whether you are an avid birder or just wondering what’s out there beyond the everyday join us for a walk during bird migration!


Bird Migration is Here, Join Us for a Walk

Friday, April 26th, 2013
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Spring has definitely arrived, newly arriving species are being seen daily and we have many birding events and programs available to people in the greater Portland and Bangor areas. Below are a few highlights from our busy birding season. You can learn a lot by taking a walk with a naturalist or experienced birder.

Warbler Weeks at Evergreen Cemetery – Starting Monday, May 6, 7am

Evergreen Cemetery in Portland
One of the best places in southern Maine for a close view of migrating songbirds–particularly warblers–is Portland’s Evergreen Cemetery. At the height of migration season in mid-May it’s possible to see more than 20 warbler species in a single morning.
More info and sign up »

Neighborhood Bird Walks – Bangor Area, Starting May 8, 7-8:30am
Several walks at prime birding locations around the greater Bangor area. Leaders vary, waterproof shoes are recommended!
Learn more »

Capisic Pond Fridays – Friday, May 10 & 17, 7am
Capisic Pond Park in Portland
This small Portland park features a surprising assortment of habitats and provides a welcome refuge for migrant and nesting birds.
Join us »

Birding Monhegan Island – Saturday, May 11
6am ferry, details at the link below.
For migrating birds Monhegan Island is an oasis. During spring migration the concentration and variety of birds using the island as a stopover to rest and feed often exceeds any comparable place on the maineland.
More info and sign up »



Recently at Gilsland Farm – Apr 5, 2013

Friday, April 5th, 2013
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Tough Summer for Piping Plovers — a reminder to give them space!

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
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Photo: Jim Fenton

It’s been a tough summer for Piping Plovers and plover supporters this summer. However- the season isn’t over yet!

The pairs that lost eggs in June’s big storm and neste again are hatching. Small chicks are a delight to watch; enjoy the from a distance and please keep your pets inside at this critcal time!