Meetings & Events

Monitoring Maine's Great Blue Herons

Date: April 22, 2024

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St, Brunswick, ME

Did you ever wonder where Maine's Great Blue Herons go in winter, and what path they travel to get there? Since 2016, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has deployed lightweight GPS tracking devices on Great Blue Herons to follow their movements during nesting, migration, and wintering. This technology has revealed impressive migrations sometimes over long stretches of open ocean and for over 60 hours non-stop to Florida, the Bahamas, Cuba, and Haiti! Hear all about these majestic birds, how over 100 volunteers have been monitoring their colonies for the past 15 years, and how students are integral to tracking their movements within and beyond state lines. Presented by Wildlife Biologist Danielle D'Auria.

Maine Butterflies: Biology and Conservation

Date: April 23, 2024

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Camden Public Library, 55 Main St, Camden, ME

Presented by Wildlife Biologist Phillip deMaynadier

Black Terns and Other Marsh Rarities

Date: April 30, 2024

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Moore Center, 125 State St, Ellsworth, ME

The black tern (Chlidonias niger) is the rarest tern in Maine, and nests in just a handful of freshwater marshes in the state. Since 1989, IFW has closely monitored its population watching it wax and wane to its current level of only 30 nesting pairs in the state. In 2021, IFW began marking this state Endangered species with color bands and geolocators to better understand movements between wetlands, return rates to breeding sites, and where they go during migration and winter. Learn about the habits and habitats of black terns and other rare birds that can be found in Maine's marshes. Presented by Wildlife Biologist Danielle D'Auria.