Did you miss our community report last week about wind power and wildlife? Check out the latest installment of the Ink & Pine podcast (featuring Seth Koenig from the Bangor Daily News, Dylan Martin from The Forecaster and Dan Bodoff from Maine Digital Press) to hear an interview with wildlife biologist, Susan Gallo. Susan will share key findings from Maine Audubon’s latest conservation report that evaluates Maine’s wind and wildlife resources.
How many acres in Maine have viable wind? Where do these areas overlap with our critical wildlife resources? She will also discuss the feasibility of reaching Maine’s goal of 3,000 MW of land-based wind power by 2030 with minimal impact to wildlife.
For more information, please visit Wind Power and Wildlife.
Winter is near and our citizen science project activity is in the reporting phase, and once again we thank the many, many volunteers, partners, interns, and patrons who make our science based conservation efforts possible throughout the seasons. We found a story worth highlighting which further illustrates the importance and power of citizen science.
Have you heard of oldWeather.org? This is an online citizen science project to transcribe the log books from about 280 Royal Navy ships from around WWI. The captains of these ships logged weather observations six times a day by hand in their ship’s log book. From the efforts of thousands of people there are now 1.6 million verified transcriptions of six daily weather observations recorded into a database. You can learn more about the sheer volume and value of the numbers from this oldweather.org post.
At Maine Audubon we rely on citizen scientists in the field, across the state, to complete annual observations of amphibian, bat, loon, and trout populations, as well as road-side and road-killed wildlife to help us conserve the wildlife and wildlife habitat of Maine. The value of this is simple: we couldn’t do our work without the help of many, many volunteers. Building data sets from this participatory ecology is key to informing and supporting our science based conservation. To learn more about the range of wildlife and habitat conservation visit our site. Each conservation page has recent news posts and calls to action, and, you can check our volunteering and internships page for participation opportunities as they arise (also available from our Facebook page).
Although during late fall and winter we are busy analyzing and building reports from the data and preparing for the next season of data collection, we look forward to working with returning volunteers and welcoming new volunteers who are interested in helping us with our efforts!
In the meantime if you want to assist the oldWeather cause, they have a new project: “Help scientists recover Arctic and worldwide weather observations made by United States’ ships since the mid-19th century. These transcriptions contribute to climate model projections and will improve our knowledge of past environmental conditions. Historians will use your work to track past ship movements and tell the stories of the people on board.” This is a great effort to help out with during your down time from data collection for Maine Audubon! http://www.oldweather.org
Maine Audubon staffers, Susan Gallo and Jenn Gray, met with women participating in the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The five participants are visiting the United States to learn more about climate change and come from Argentina, Denmark, Hungary, Jordan and Nepal.
Ted Koffman, executive director of Maine Audubon, discussed tonight's Speaker Series: Climate Change
on Good Day Maine - WPFO Fox 23 this morning
Tonight's program features state climatologist George L. Jacobson who will examine the history of long-term climate change and how that influences plant and animal life in Maine. His talk is titled: Climate Change: Past and Future Effects on Plants and Animals in Maine