Project to map bird populations



BAR HARBOR — Ornithologist Rich MacDonald will talk about the Maine Bird Atlas and how people can become involved in this statewide initiative at the Jesup Memorial Library on Wednesday, May 2, at 7 p.m.

MacDonald, the coordinator of the Frenchman Bay region for the project, will speak about the history of the Maine Bird Atlas and what people need to do to be a part of the survey.

The project, spearheaded by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, partners professional Maine biologists and citizen scientists to document the distribution of breeding and wintering birds across the entire state. Data collected as part of this project will provide a comprehensive understanding of the distribution and use of resources by Maine’s birds, will be invaluable in guiding future species status assessments and priority species’ needs, and in identifying and conserving high-value wildlife habitats. Participants do not have to be expert birders to help. MacDonald will talk about the resources available and how to report observations.

MacDonald and his wife, Natalie, own The Natural History Center. A lifelong birder, naturalist and field biologist, MacDonald has studied boreal birds and waterbirds, and led bird tours throughout North America and beyond. He is a registered Maine guide and a licensed guide in New York.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or mrice@jesuplibrary.org.

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