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Learn about the interesting lives of great blue herons with Maine Wildlife Biologist

Event organizer: Becky Kolak
Event Date & Time: July 23, 2019 6:30 pm

BATH- The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and the Midcoast Conservancy will hold a talk on the great blue heron with wildlife biologist Danielle D’Auria 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at the Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial St.

 In 2009, D’Auria started the Heron Observation Network of Maine, which is a group of over 100 volunteers who help monitor wading bird colonies across the state to better understand distribution and abundance. The event is free and offered to ages 10 and up.

D’Auria is a wildlife biologist working in the Research and Assessment Section of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in Bangor. Her work focuses on statewide populations of colonial wading birds, secretive marsh birds, black terns, and loons, as well as land management issues affecting wetland habitats. Over the past two years, she has tagged great blue herons with GPS transmitters to better understand their movements and limiting factors, all the while involving students of all ages in the field work and online tracking elements of the project.  She hopes to get students across the state following Maine’s Great Blue Herons online to learn about the birds’ habits and the wetlands they depend on.

Pre-registration for the lecture is not required, but it is appreciated for help with program planning.  For more information or to sign-up, visit kennebecestuary.org or call 207-442-8400.

This talk is the second in the “Maine Creatures Great & Small: Four Organisms Important to Our State’s Aquatic Habitats” series co-hosted by KELT and the Midcoast Conservancy this summer. Make sure to join us on Aug. 20 for the next talk focusing on phytoplankton and red tide. For more information, visit kennebecestuary.org or call 207-442-8400.

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and the Midcoast Conservancy are membership supported land trusts dedicated to protecting land, water and wildlife and connecting with our local communities in midcoast Maine. FMI about KELT, visit  kennebecestuary.org or call 207-442-8400.  For more information about Midcoast Conservancy, visit midcoastconservancy.org or call 207-389-5150.

If you would like more information, please contact Becky Kolak at bkolak@kennebecestuary.org.