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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 […]

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 […]