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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 […]

Project SNOWstorm

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This winter’s Snowy Owl invasion has been called “one of the most dramatic natural history spectacles in the Northeast” and it continues to unfold. To take advantage of this irruption, Project SNOWstorm was launched with a goal to better understand, and ultimately conserve, this spectacular visitor from the north. Project SNOWstorm is a collaborative research effort […]

Maine’s Filters

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Have you ever wondered why a bird shows up as likely or rare on a checklist? When submitting a checklist you are shown the list ‘likely’ species, created from filters that check the species, count, location, and date for every observation. Here in Maine, we now have nine filters (plus a 10th state wide filter) dividing […]

2014 Maine Birder Bands now available!

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It is almost hard to believe that this is already the sixth year since the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife began their Maine Birder Band program. A program to help the Wildlife Department’s hard work to protect Maine’s birds, bird habitat, and access for birders. The Maine Birder Band program is intended to provide […]

eBirding your Christmas Bird Counts

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December 14 will begin the 114th Christmas Bird Count (CBC) season, which will run for three weeks, until January 4. The Christmas Count is the largest and longest-running ornithological citizen science project: There were 71,531 observers participating in 2,369 counts last year. Its data are a great complement to what we are collecting in eBird, […]

Snowy Owl Invasion?

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Snowy Owls show up in Maine each winter and can be expected starting in mid-November. The highest frequency of Snowy Owls reported to eBird occurs in early December, and those that arrive usually remain through March. Observations collected by eBird illustrate this here: http://tinyurl.com/ksnou7x. Some years only a few arrive, but every few years many […]

Winter Finch Forecast 2013-2014

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Days are getting shorter, nights are cooler, the leaves are turning colors, but perhaps a greater sign that winter is approaching is the annual release of Ron Pittaway’s Winter Finch Forecast. Pittaway’s report focuses on food availability, typically within the boreal forest, and what that means each year for our winter finches. Will they come […]