SRLT Speaker Series

Tracking Maine’s great blue herons

Nov 06, 2017

Unity — In spring 2016, five great blue herons in Maine were outfitted with lightweight GPS tracking devices and released to allow researchers to follow their movements during nesting, migration, and wintering. Two of the herons migrated to Florida, one to the Bahamas, one to Cuba, and one flew all the way to Haiti!

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m., Danielle D’Auria, a wildlife biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and project leader for the Heron Observation Network of Maine (HERON), will give a presentation on herons and the HERON project, a citizen-science initiative that has involved hundreds of volunteers over the past nine years.

In 2016 D’Auria involved students from eight schools in the tagging effort and hopes to get students of all ages across the state following Maine’s great blue herons online to learn about the birds’ habits and the wetlands they depend on.

She will present the results from the heron movement data collection, and how it ties in with what we have learned thus far about the natural history and current status of Maine’s great blue heron population.

D’Auria’s presentation is part of the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust’s monthly speaker series, “Restoring Connections to Place,” featuring a wide variety of conservation topics. The programs are held on the second Wednesday of every month at the 93 Main Coffee Shop, 93 Main St., Unity. These monthly events are open to the public.  A $5 donation is suggested.  For more information, email info@sebasticookrlt.org or call 948-3766.

About Sebasticook Regional Land Trust

Sebasticook Regional Land Trust has a mission to recognize and conserve the rich wild and working landscape of Central Maine’s Sebasticook River watershed.  We work with willing landowners to conserve the lands they love and the resources our community relies upon—clean water, family farms that provide local food and jobs, well-­managed working forests, places to hunt, fish and play with our children.

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