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 e-Bird, 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@example.com.
Maine Audubon’s Sally Stockwell and Amanda Moeser teamed up last week with Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife fisheries biologists to survey a remote pond near Jackman for wild brook trout. Brook Trout Pond Survey volunteers identified this pond as potential brook trout habitat in 2011 and biologists confirmed the presence of wild brook trout during their visit.
Sally Stockwell, Director of Conservation, Maine Audubon
Joe Dembeck, MDIFW fisheries biologist
Can you find the dragonfly on Sally’s hat?
Joe Dembeck and Sally Stockwell
Brook trout are an iconic Maine species and serve as an indicator of healthy landscapes because they require cool, clean water and intact watersheds to survive. In addition to confirming the presence of wild brook trout, the team observed a mother moose and calf, kingfishers, a family of goldeneye ducks, and a diverse population of dragonflies and damselflies in or around the pond. With solid data in hand, we can now work with IF&W and other conservation groups to protect this pond and surrounding habitat. To learn more about the Brook Trout Pond Survey, please visit Trout Unlimited’s website or contact Amanda Moeser at 781-2330 x207 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fishin’ with a Mission in Rangeley
Posted on: Monday, June 25th, 2012
Maine Audubon’s Brook Trout Pond Survey Coordinator, Amanda Moeser joined Jeff Reardon of Trout Unlimited in Rangeley this past weekend for the annual Fly Fishing in Maine Conclave. They are recruiting anglers to survey ponds in the Rangeley area for brook trout, part of a larger effort to identify previously-undocumented wild brook trout populations across the state.
The first angler to survey one of the elusive, remote ponds near Rangeley won a homemade Upside-Down Rhubarb cake (hand-picked rhubarb from Gilsland Farm, combined with lots of butter and sugar, and baked in a cast iron skillet)—YUM!
Weekly Plover Updates – Current Piping Plover Activity
Posted on: Monday, May 7th, 2012
Last week we sent a reminder about being on beaches with resident nesting plovers. This week we begin posting our weekly survey results. The data is mostly for our volunteers but anyone can learn more about nesting plovers.