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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.

What’s the attraction? (Roth)

by Cleo Barker, November 2019

The sun crests the tops of spruce and fir trees, the muted gray of dawn giving way to a bright, cloudless day in the mountains of western Maine. The sweet, warbling notes of a Bicknell’s thrush welcome the new day.

New app created by UMaine graduate researchers helps track monarch butterflies (Loftin/Boxler)

by Leela Stockley, September 9, 2019

One of our favorite things to do with our smartphones, taking pictures of nature and the beautiful wildlife that we encounter every day, can now contribute to research on the travel habits of monarch butterflies.

We Have 35,000 Male Turkeys (Blomberg/Gonnerman)

By George Smith, July 18, 2019

Maine is home to 35,000 male turkeys according to our Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The department has been banding hundreds of turkeys to help them come up with an estimate of the state’s total population of turkeys.

Study looks at how personality of small mammals may affect forest’s structure (Mortelliti/Brehm)

June 25, 2019

ORONO — Preserving a range of different personality types within small mammal populations is critical for maintaining the key ecosystem function of seed dispersal, according to University of Maine researchers.

Never heard Canada lynx caterwauling?  You’re in for a treat (Harrison)

By earth Touch News, June 5, 2019

Maine resident Daniel Wadleigh was scouting for new fishing spots in the Great North Woods recently when he happened upon a pair of Canada lynx working out some issues in very vocal fashion.

Nature:  English sparrows drive out native birds (Hunter/Calhoun/McCollough)

May 21, 2019 by Ruth Grierson on Columnists, Lifetstyle, Nature

There were surprises in the wood pile this week! Some family members discovered some interesting inhabitants one day. Several redbelly snakes have apparently been calling this pile their home or at least a refuge. We have only five species of snakes living here and three species of turtles because of our colder temperatures in the winter.

Study supports Maine’s current management practices for ruffed grouse hunting (Blomberg/Davis)

Maintaining current hunting regulations for ruffed grouse will help ensure sustainable population management in the state, according to a new University of Maine study.

UMaine researchers get $1.17M to help protect forest workers from tick-borne illnesses (Sponarski)

July 19, 2018

A team of University of Maine researchers has been awarded $1.17 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop and test land management practices to protect Maine forest workers from exposure to tick-borne diseases.