• By Doug Hitchcox September 13, 2022

    All priority blocks are complete and the final breeding season of the Maine Bird Atlas is wrapped up – Join us to celebrate! Come gather and celebrate the completion of the final breeding season of the Maine Bird Atlas!

  • By Doug Hitchcox January 26, 2021

    There are lots of apps out there that can help your atlasing, but one we highly recommend for seeing Winter Atlas Results, and visualizing your location on the block map, is the ArcGIS Explorer app by ESRI. Here are a few simple steps for downloading and setting up the app for your winter atlasing efforts: […]

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    By Doug Hitchcox December 31, 2020

    As we close out 2020, there is a lot to be forgotten, but more to be remembered! It was a “record breaking” year for many aspects of Maine eBirding and this post will highlight a few metrics from the past 366 days.

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    By Doug Hitchcox December 23, 2020

    An important part of the Maine Bird Atlas is knowing which species are breeding or wintering in each atlas block. When you submit a checklist in eBird, you are either placing a pin on a map or, using the app, your location maybe automatically selected.

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    By Doug Hitchcox June 27, 2018

    Depending on where you live, you may have the fortune of encountering a medium-sized game bird called Chukar. You’ll recognize this bird from their inclusion in many North American field guides, though they are not a native species.

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    By Doug Hitchcox March 15, 2018

    We have recently made the decision to keep 2 state-based eBird portals for Maine. Although having 2 portals for entering Maine eBird records may seem confusing, deciding which portal to use is quite simple. If your checklist includes one or more species with a breeding code of Confirmed, Probable, or Possible, enter the entire checklist  in the Maine […]

  • By Doug Hitchcox January 4, 2018

    The 2018 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.

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    By Doug Hitchcox December 30, 2017

    As we close out 2017 and eBird’s 15th year of collecting sightings, we can take a moment to review the great accomplishments that you all have made. This article is meant to supplement the eBird Central post “eBird 2017-Year in review” and give a Maine-specific perspective on your contributions.

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    By Doug Hitchcox December 1, 2017

    Sydney Bliss, a graduate student working with scientists at Dalhousie and Acadia Universities (eastern Canada), and scientists in Virginia, needs your help spotting banded Ipswich Sparrows. The Ipswich Sparrow is a subspecies of the Savannah Sparrow with a breeding population isolated to Sable Island, NS but a regular winterer along Maine’s coast.

  • By Doug Hitchcox October 27, 2017

    The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is pleased to announce the 2018-2022 Maine Bird Atlas! This project will map the distribution, and often abundance, of bird species in Maine with an initial focus on breeding birds.