Where do Maine’s herons go in the winter? All over: Bahamas, Haiti, Florida
CAMDEN — Have you ever wonder where Maine's Great Blue Herons go in winter? Wildlife biologist Danielle D’Auria will lead a presentation on the Heron Observation Network of Maine at Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, February 12, at 12 p.m.
In this talk, Danielle D’Auria speaks about how citizen scientists, volunteers, and students have been monitoring great blue heron migrations beyond state lines. In 2016, five adult great blue herons were outfitted with lightweight GPS tracking devices and then released to allow researchers to follow their movements during nesting, migration, and wintering.
Two of the five Maine birds migrated to Florida, one to the Bahamas, one to Cuba, and one flew all the way to Haiti!
Hear all about these majestic birds and how over 100 volunteers have been monitoring their colonies for the past 10 years.
D'Auria is a Wildlife Biologist working in the Research and Assessment Section of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in Bangor where she focuses on wading and shorebirds. She has B.S. in Biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and an M.S. in Wildlife Science from New Mexico State University. In 2009, she 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.
This lecture is part of the Winter Talk series at Merryspring, sponsored by Allen Insurance & Financial. Admission to Tuesday talks is $5, with free admission for members of Merryspring.
Merryspring is your community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round. The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information on this program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-236-2239.