AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife announced the release of the 2013 Birder Bands, a way to support the department’s non-game and endangered species programs.
The bands are modeled after actual bird bands the department uses to monitor bird populations.
For a $20 contribution, Maine Birder Band participants will be registered officially and receive an individually numbered band. The band is about the size of a turkey band and fits on a binocular strap, camera, spotting scope or other equipment.
Proceeds from the bands help fund non-game bird programs. Supporters who wear the bands on their gear raise awareness for the work the department does for bird conservation.