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April 2021

Maine’s Great Migration

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Each spring, millions of adult alewives make their way up Maine’s rivers and streams and into their natal lakes to spawn.  Along the way, these determined members of the herring family attract the attention of a wide range of wildlife.  Join David Lamon as he leads you through one of Maine’s great natural history events.   We’ll discuss the conservation successes and challenges of restoring Maine’s migratory waterways. Free for members, $7 for non-members. Please register online at www. https://maineaudubon.org/events/ NOTE:…

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May 2021

PVC ANNUAL MEETING & IBERA LECTURE:  TRACKING WOOD TURTLES WITH  ENVIRONMENTAL DNA

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Wood turtles are endangered in Maine, listed as a Priority I Species of Greatest Conservation Need.  However, they are difficult to monitor in the wild using standard visual surveys.  Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a relatively new technique that allows scientists to identify species DNA (from feces, blood, saliva, etc.) found in water samples taken from areas with suitable habitat.  This allows for a much more accurate population estimate of difficult-to-detect species.  However, the technique has not been closely studied for…

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