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PVC ANNUAL MEETING & IBERA LECTURE: PROTECTING AT-RISK NEARSHORE BIRDS, IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK AND ELSEWHERE

May 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Planned to present live at FPAC; we will switch to Zoom and post updates on the listserv, Facebook, and website, if CDC guidance changes on inside meetings in COVID-19 high-transmission areas. 

The nearshore ecosystem in Maine supports resident and migratory bird species that rely on intertidal and subtidal zones for roosting and foraging. Mechanical rockweed harvesting along Maine’s coast has focused increased concern on species that depend on rockweed for food and shelter, and whether prime habitat for multiple species should warrant closure of those areas to commercial harvesting. Abigail Muscat, the recipient of PVC’s Inez Boyd Environmental Research Award (IBERA) for 2021, will present her research on winter and late-summer use of the intertidal and subtidal zone across multiple species of nearshore birds in Acadia National Park.  She also studied whether rockweed closures to benefit state-threatened harlequin ducks could benefit other bird species that roost and forage in the same region – thus making harlequin ducks an “umbrella species” that could protect many rockweed-dependent species, and help ensure their long-term survival in Maine.  Her research in Acadia National Park is expected to serve as a pilot project for similar studies in other areas along the Maine coast.

This is the Penobscot Valley Chapter’s Annual Membership Meeting.  If you are a dues-paying member of Maine Audubon and affiliated with the Penobscot Valley Chapter, we invite you to join us to to elect new officers and board members.  We’d also love to hear your ideas for future programs, field trips, and regional environmental actions you would like our chapter to prioritize.

Following the Annual Meeting and IBERA presentation, we will offer a mini-program on the natural history of the American woodcock by FPAC Manager David Lamon, followed by looking and listening in the FPAC parking lot for male woodcocks calling and flying in their territorial “sky dance” breeding display shortly after dusk.  Please come out and join us!

Details

Date:
May 6
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm