Maine News

  • Volunteer Appreciation Event

    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!

  • Winter Atlasing: App for Block Updates

    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: […]

  • 2020 Review of Maine eBird

    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.

  • Winter Atlasing: Beware of Block Boundaries

    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.

  • What's the deal with Chukars in Maine?

    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.

  • Which eBird Portal to Use for Maine Bird Observations?

    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 […]

  • 2018 Maine Birder Band

    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.

  • 2017 review of Maine eBird

    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.

  • The Ipswich Sparrow Project

    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.

  • The Maine Bird Atlas is coming!

    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.