April 16th, 2013 11:53 AM
Kyle Ravana has spent the past month settling into his new job as the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s top deer biologist.
Aiding him in that transition is this fact: The man who previously held that job is just a few steps away, ready to answer any questions he may have. Lee Kantar is still in the same office, but has been given the opportunity to focus solely on managing the state’s moose herd. Up until Ravana was hired, Kantar split his time between deer and moose, two of the state’s most beloved and charismatic critters.
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February 26th, 2013 9:19 AM
Open Spaces Institute
Interview with Mac Hunter
Malcolm L. “Mac” Hunter, Jr., is a professor of wildlife ecology at the University of Maine and a member of the science committee advising OSI’s Northeast Resilient Landscapes Initiative. Hunter’s research has focused mainly on forest ecosystems and the maintenance of their biological diversity. He spoke recently with OSI’s Abby Weinberg about species adaptation, habitat connectivity and resiliency.
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February 25th, 2013 4:22 PM
UMaine Researchers Find Wood Frogs May Transport Mercury into Food Web
Juvenile wood frogs emigrating from their birthplaces in vernal pools into the terrestrial ecosystem may transfer mercury they accumulated during larval development into the food web, according to a team of University of Maine researchers.
The team, led by U.S. Geological Survey and UMaine wildlife ecologist Cynthia Loftin, conducted its study at four short-hydroperiod (likely to dry by mid-June) seasonal woodland pools in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, Maine.
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August 9th, 2012 1:55 PM
Sustainable Maine: Pools, Policies and People
Many towns in Maine are contending with a common dilemma: how to grow in ways that don’t diminish the very things that people cherish about their community, like open space, wildlife and special landscapes. A research team is using local vernal pool conservation as a model to examine how towns can plan future development in ways that benefit people and wildlife alike.