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2015 Maine Birder Bands now available!

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The 2015 Maine Birder Band is now available! Maine’s Birder band is instrumental in helping protect birds, conserve habitat and provide access for birders throughout the state. Get yours at the IFW Online Store. For just $20, you get an authentic bird band similar to ones that biologists use to band wild turkeys and Canada geese. […]

Mountain Bluebird – Lincoln, Penobscot Co. – 23 Nov 2014

Photo by Ty Oliver

On the morning of November 23rd, Ty Oliver noticed an “odd colored bird on one of the trees” on his way to work and later returned to photograph what is only Maine’s second record for Mountain Bluebird. After submitting the record to eBird (S20724145), he shared the photos with the state reviewers and has allowed […]

Maine Christmas Bird Counts – 2014

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The 115th Christmas Bird Count is upon us! The count period runs from December 14 to January 5 every year and despite the meteorological challenges last year, the 114th CBC still produced record-breaking levels of participation: For the fifth season in a row, there were more counts and more observers included than ever before! Each […]

Maine eBird’s missing species

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As of the beginning of August, eBird’s database has records for 424 species in the state of Maine. Compare that total with the official state list of 445 species accepted by the Maine Bird Records Committee. We have, then, about 95% of Maine’s recorded species with at least one confirmed entry in eBird. Below we investigate the remaining 4.7% of species […]

Blue-gray Gnatcatchers increasing in Maine

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Among the southern (and western) rarities being reported in Maine this spring, there seemed to be a noticeable uptick in the number of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers being reported. This is a continuing trend that birders have noticed over the last couple years as this species is slowly expanding its range in the northeast. Thanks to birders […]

Mountain Birdwatch needs Maine birders

Do you enjoy hiking, and would you like to use your birding skills to support conservation? Mountain Birdwatch is a long-term monitoring program for Bicknell’s Thrush and other high-elevation forest birds, and we seek volunteers to conduct a dawn survey in Maine’s montane fir-spruce forests this June. Wake up to a Bicknell’s Thrush serenade, delight […]

Evening Grosbeak Flight Call Types: How much overlap occurs?

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Evening Grosbeaks (Coccothraustes vespertinus) are nomadic and understudied birds that have been declining across the continent for several decades. All three of these traits contributed to my decision to make this beautiful species the focus of my Ph.D. dissertation at the University of California, Davis. Being nomadic means that there is little or no seasonal […]

Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz

The Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz is an effort to map the locations and numbers of Rusty Blackbirds during spring migration over the next three years. The Blitz encourages you to bird for conservation. You will support an initiative to identify conservation challenges and develop strategies to conserve a vulnerable songbird! Please help make the survey in Maine a […]

2014 Great Backyard Bird Count

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The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) starts Friday, 14 Feb and extends through Monday, 17 Feb. Last year marked the first year since its inception in 1998 that the GBBC was fully integrated in eBird, and the results were amazing. A total of 137,998 checklists were submitted with 33,464,616 individual birds counted. With checklists coming […]

Thanks to eBirders, a New App for Beginners

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We are excited to introduce you to Merlin Bird ID, an app that leverages the power of eBird observations to help beginners identify common birds. Merlin uses eBird data to create a short list of birds that match the user’s description and are likely to be found at the location and time of the sighting. If […]