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Volunteer Anglers Needed in Aroostook, Penobscot & Washington Counties

Monday, August 26th, 2013
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NEWS RELEASE 

For Immediate Release

August 26, 2013

Contact: Michelle Smith, Communications & Marketing Manager
msmith@maineaudubon.org
(207) 781-6180 x209
Mobile: (207) 838-0511

 Maine Audubon Seeks Anglers for Brook Trout Survey Project this September
Volunteers will help fisheries conservation goals in the state

StatewideMaine Audubon, Trout Unlimited and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW) are seeking volunteer anglers to survey remote ponds in northern Maine for brook trout this September. Survey information collected by anglers will be used by the nonprofit organizations and IFW to help identify populations of brook trout to be eligible for conservation management practices.

Anglers are needed to survey ponds in:

  • Houlton
  • Ashland
  • Presque Isle
  • Grand Isle
  • Van Buren
  • Lincoln
  • Danforth
  • Mattawamkeag

2013 is the third year of the Brook Trout Pond Survey project. To date this summer, volunteers have surveyed 67 new ponds and have positively confirmed 17 ponds to have brook trout presence. An additional 19 ponds have been identified as having a high likelihood of brook trout presence. With over 300 ponds on the list, Maine Audubon needs the assistance of anglers to survey additional ponds in Aroostook, Penobscot and Washington counties over the course of the next month.

Maine is home to 97% of the intact wild brook trout lake and pond habitat in the eastern United States. Brook trout require clean, cold water and pristine habitat to survive – the population health of brook trout is a key indicator of a healthy ecosystem that also indicates the health of other species, including moose, deer, otters, kingfishers, herons and osprey. The quality and abundance of Maine brook trout has declined in recent years because of the introduction of competing species. Brook trout are important to Maine and the nation’s ecological and sporting heritage and are also a valuable recreational and economic state resource.

Hundreds of remote ponds in the state have never been surveyed by fisheries biologists nor have any record of being stocked with fish. “Identifying the lakes and ponds with native brook trout will greatly assist IFW in planning our conservation management strategies over the next several decades,” noted Merry Gallagher of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. “The success of this project is entirely dependent on the data collected by volunteer anglers.” The project’s focus on remote lakes and ponds offers anglers a chance to explore new areas of the state. “Volunteers should be enthusiastic about fishing for brook trout, be comfortable in remote settings and have a sense of adventure!” noted Jeff Reardon of Trout Unlimited.

Last year, 66 anglers contributed nearly 1,200 volunteer hours to the Brook Trout Pond Survey project. Thanks to their efforts, 66 ponds from the original list of 372 were surveyed. IFW biologists also conducted official surveys on 33 ponds that volunteers from 2011 identified as brook trout ponds, and confirmed brook trout presence in 26 of these ponds.

Surveys can be completed any time before September 30, 2013. Project partners will provide maps, data sheets and instructions on how to survey each pond. To sign up to volunteer, please contact Emily Bastian at (207) 781-6180 x207 or ebastian@maineaudubon.org.

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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 sgallo@maineaudubon.org.

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!

 

Brook Trout Pond Survey near Jackman

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
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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.

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 amoeser@maineaudubon.org

 

Fishin’ with a Mission in Rangeley

Monday, June 25th, 2012
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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!

Maine Audubon is still seeking volunteer anglers to help with the Brook Trout Pond Survey in other parts of the state.  For more information about the project, contact Amanda @ 207-781-6180 x207 or amoeser@maineaudubon.org or visit the project website: Maine Council of Trout Unlimited

 

Weekly Plover Updates – Current Piping Plover Activity

Monday, May 7th, 2012
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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.

Current Piping Plover activity on Maine’s beaches – updated data weekly [Google Spreadsheet].