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Changes to Common Bird Names

Earlier this month, the American Ornithological Society (AOS) announced a plan to change the eponymic bird names, those named after people, in the US and Canada. The announcement comes after years of work by the AOS, holding listening session, meeting with stakeholders, and ultimately deciding that …

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Backyard bird of the month for December: American Robin

The American Robin, or kwikweskas in Abenaki, is one of the most widespread and beloved backyard birds in North America. They are often easiest to locate by their sputtering calls, from which their onomatopoeic Abenaki name is derived. While these large, charismatic songbirds are heralded as a sign …

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Let’s go birding this winter — virtually

This winter, join us virtually to improve your birding from the comfort of home, with Virtual Birding, a free online program taking place every other Monday evening, December through February. Through the magic of live-streamed bird feeder cameras, I will guide viewings of birds in Maine and …

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A Gift from Madeline!

Last weekend seven-year-old Madeline visited the Nature Store at Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth. In her tiny mittened hand she held a $120 check she wanted to donate to Maine Audubon. Madeline had made chocolate peanut butter truffles with her dad and then sold them at her …

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BirdSafe Maine – Fall 2023 Season Summary

October 31 was the final morning for our Fall 2023 BirdSafe Maine route in Portland. It marked the end of another successful season, but in that somber way that these seasons are "successful": we once again proved that migratory birds are dying against glass windows in Portland and around the …

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Andy’s Note: Reflections and resilience

The mass shooting in Lewiston last Wednesday is still very much on my mind. We’re all absolutely heartbroken that so many lives were tragically and suddenly taken in a community that has long been known for its perseverance and openness. This is truly a time for grieving and reflection. In times of …

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