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MDIFW: Lifetime Achievement Award nominations, piping plovers, deer permits

Protect nesting piping plovers on Maine beaches; any-deer permit lottery
By Staff | Jun 26, 2020
Courtesy of: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Augusta — The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is accepting nominations for the 2020 annual Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award.

The award, presented by the MDIFW, honors individuals dedicated to the stewardship and wise use of the state's natural resources, and who have been or are active in Maine's rich outdoor traditions, a release from the organization stated.

To be eligible, nominees must have hunted, trapped and fished in Maine for a combined total of 40 years.

For example, to meet that requirement an individual may have fished for 20 years, trapped for 10 years and hunted for 10 years; or could have fished for 30 years and hunted for 10 years. Ideal candidates also would be active in mentoring, teaching, or instructing outdoor activities.

Last year's award winners, Charlie Mann of Winthrop, Maine and George Smith of Mount Vernon, were recognized by commissioner Judy Camuso at the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine annual banquet.

Nominations should include the nominee's name, address, phone number, photograph and a few paragraphs about the individual, their experience in the Maine outdoors, and an explanation of why they are a deserving candidate.

Keep in mind that the MDIFW does not know these candidates so it is important that a person tell the organization about the nominee with a few paragraphs. The nominators contact information also should be included.

Nominations, due by 5 p.m. on Aug. 7, can be sent by email to Emily MacCabe at Emily.MacCabe@maine.gov, or by mail to 284 State St, SHS 41, Augusta, Maine 04333. Nomination forms can be downloaded at mefishwildlife.com.

The recipient(s) of this sixth annual Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award will be selected by a committee of individuals from the department and will be recognized at an event in the fall.

Any-deer permit lottery

To apply online for the any-deer permit lottery, visit mefishwildlife.com. Applications must be completed online by 11:59 p.m. on August 17, 2020.

It is free to apply for the any-deer permit lottery. The drawing will be held on Friday, Sept. 11 and results will be posted on the department’s website.

Learn more about the any-deer permit lottery at: maine.gov/ifw/hunting-trapping/any-deer-permit.html.

Piping plovers

A reminder by the MDIFW to those who spend time at beaches in southern Maine: help protect piping plovers by staying away from the bird's nests.

These endangered shorebirds set up nests on sandy beaches and are often hard to spot because of their coloring. Protecting every nest and chick is vital to retaining this rare bird in Maine.

Sadly, there have been several instances where plover chicks or plover eggs have been harmed this season.

One can help by spreading the word that piping plovers can thrive while we all enjoy time at Maine beaches, but they need their space. If one witnesses someone harming plovers or disturbing nesting areas, report it to the Maine Warden Service by calling 1-800-452-4664.

Not all nesting areas are marked, but if one observes nesting shorebirds, do the right thing and keep your distance. If a dog owner's pet is allowed on a beach with nesting plovers, keep the pet on a leash. Parents should carefully watch their children.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

(Courtesy of: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife)
(Photo by: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife)
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