Department News

Islands to Interfaces: Integrating Field Biology with Computer Science to Address Wildlife Survey Challenges (Loftin, Kline, Lewis)

January 2021 Edition | Volume 75, Issue 1

The USGS Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is collaborating with faculty and graduate and undergraduate students in wildlife ecology, remote sensing, and computer science at the University of Maine to investigate the efficacy of using a variety of data collection approaches to survey colonial nesting birds in Maine.

Letter to the Editor:  A great conservation opportunity (Hunter)

October 23, 2020

Dear Editor:

The recent article “Better plan for songbirds sought at proposed wind farm project in Clifton” may leave an incorrect impression about wildlife habitat conservation efforts that are integral to Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s (FBC) ongoing effort to conserve 1,400 acres in Hancock as the Frenchman Bay Community Forest.

UMaine ecology students share experiences and expertise on climate effects on Maine’s communities (Gunster, Miller)

Throughout the summer and into the fall the state of Maine has been experiencing a drought which is directly affecting the forestry and wildlife ecology industries. Earlier this week the majority of the state was in the midst of a severe drought, the effects of which can include loss of crops, governmental water restrictions and a shortage of water. Parts of Aroostook County and nearly all of York County faced an extreme drought, which is one level above severe.

UMaine researchers develop AI to ID birds (Loftin, Kline, Lewis)

October 6, 2020

ORONO – Biologists count and identify birds in thousands of aerial photos when conducting wildlife surveys, a laborious task that consumes many hours. To reduce time spent analyzing images and the margin for error, University of Maine researchers endeavor to create artificial intelligence that will perform the task.

Lockdowns spared millions of animals from becoming roadkill, researchers say (Blomberg)

July 10, 2020

As states locked down to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the nation’s roads became less deadly for wild animals, most likely sparing millions of them from becoming roadkill, according to a new report,

Southern, coastal forest landowners needed for Maine Forest Tick Survey (Sponarski)

By  Elissa Ballman, UMaine. Fri, 05/01/2020 – 7:15am

Forest landowners in southern and coastal Maine are partnering with University of Maine researchers as part of the state’s first active tick surveillance citizen science program.

To help forests adapt to climate change, consider small mammals (Mortelliti)

Whether and how forests adapt to climate change may be as much about animals as trees.

By Brandon Keim,  January 8, 2020

When we think of future forests and wonder whether beloved, ecologically important tree species will cross the chasm of climate change, consider that resilience might come from an unexpected place: squirrels and their kin.