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Maine Audubon Receives Funding to Restore Aquatic Habitat

A crew surveys a culvert for wildlife accessibility.

A crew surveys a culvert for wildlife accessibility.


For Immediate Release

July 11, 2013

Contact: Michelle Smith, Communications & Marketing Manager
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Maine Audubon Receives Funding to Restore Aquatic Habitat

FalmouthMaine Audubon announced today that it has been awarded a grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation (Freeport) for its work to maintain and restore vital aquatic habitat connections in the state. The $75,000 grant will help support multiple projects related to aquatic conservation, including:

  • Volunteer engagement to complete brook trout pond surveys in northern Maine to determine conservation management practices.
  • Creation of aquatic stewardship best practices through the incorporation of important habitat data into an interactive web-based program that maps ecological and recreational attributes in western Maine
  • Stream-Smart workshops for professionals to repair and build road crossings and culverts that are safe for drivers and maintain habitat connections for wildlife

“Managing for the future sustainability of our water ways is important for the health of our ecosystems in Maine and northern New England,” noted Barbara Charry, wildlife biologist with Maine Audubon. “Numerous rare or iconic species, such as the native brook trout and Atlantic salmon depend on clean, cold waters for survival. Finding safe places to rest, feed and move among rivers, lakes and streams to breed are key for these wildlife.”

To learn more about Maine Audubon’s work to protect aquatic wildlife and wildlife habitat, please visit



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.

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About Elmina B. Sewall Foundation
The mission of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation is to support conservation of the natural environment and the well-being of animals and human beings in Maine. Through its giving, the Foundation seeks to make a significant impact, inspire the generosity of others and empower those who share its vision. The Elmina B. Sewall Foundation supports 501(c) 3 organizations working in the Foundation’s areas of interest (animal welfare, environment, and human well-being) within the State of Maine.