Maine Bird Atlas 2018-2022 is a five-year citizen-science project to answer the questions How many breeding and wintering birds are there in Maine? and Where can they be found? The project is a collaboration between the Maine Natural History Observatory, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Audubon, and the Biodiversity Research Institute.
The project website is www.maine.gov/ifw/fish-wildlife/maine-bird-atlas/ and its blog, the Black-capped Chronicle, is at www1.maine.gov/ wordpress/ifwbirdatlas/.
Numerous volunteers are already engaged in mapping species distribution and abundance of breeding birds in every corner of the state. The new atlas will give conservationists not only a complete guide to Maine bird species but also an opportunity to track how populations have changed. This will help determine conservation priorities for years to come.
A light buffet supper of homemade soup and salad, breads, and desserts accompanies the presentation.