WFCB In The News

Check out what the Faculty and Students have been up to over the past year.

Wild Turkeys from Maine are Wired to Adapt to Winter Weather, Study Says (Blomberg/Gonnerman)

Nov 23, 2022 – Nature World News
According to a recent study, wild turkeys in Maine can easily adjust to changes in winter weather and rising temperatures.

Charney speaks to BDN about forest loss to solar energy development

November 21, 2022 – UMaine News
The Bangor Daily News interviewed Noah Charney, assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine, about concerns related to booming solar energy development in Maine cutting into forests and habitats already threatened by climate change. “Where you choose to put a site is important, given the options.

Wesley Hutchins: Studying and advocating for migrating monarchs (Roth)

October 25, 2022 – UMaine News
Wesley Hutchins knows how to handle butterflies. The third-year University of Maine undergraduate studying wildlife ecology has spent the past two summers carefully gluing radio transmitters the size of a grain of rice to the abdomen of monarch butterflies, where it won’t get in the way of its wings or legs.

UMaine installs Motus Receiving station on Nutting Hall to track migratory species (Roth/Hutchins)

October 13, 2022 – UMaine News
The Motus Wildlife Tracking System, or Motus for short, is an international collaborative research network that uses radio receiving stations to track tagged animals as they travel along their migratory paths. The network has more than 1,200 receiving stations in 31 countries — and now, one of them is at the University of Maine.

Fox 22 interviews Hutchins about monarch research (Roth)

September 28, 2022 – UMaine News
Fox 22 Bangor interviewed Wesley Hutchins, a junior in UMaine’s wildlife ecology program from Swanville, Maine, about monarch butterfly research he is conducting in the lab of assistant professor Amber Roth. Hutchins is comparing migration behavior of captive-raised and wild monarch butterflies.

Emily Filiberti: Making international bird connections

Study Provides Framework to Identify Resilient Populations of Arctic Charr (Murphy/Kinnison)

August 3, 2022 – AZOCleanTech
Researchers from the Universities of Maine and New Hampshire will look into how the diversity and development of feeding strategies among Arctic charr populations in Maine impact their vulnerability or resilience to climate change.

Marten’s are showing researchers how healthy Maine’s forests are (Mortelliti)

May 9, 2022 – by David Guildford, NewsCenter Maine
By preserving the marten habitat, up to 11 other crucial species will be protected, UMaine researchers say.
ORONO, Maine — The American marten, also known as the pine marten, is a mammal and member of the weasel family that is found in abundance in central and northern Maine, as well as other northern states across the U.S.

Nature News: It’s a perfect time for the Big Night of amphibian migration (Calhoun)

March 23, 2022 – by Susan Pike, Seacoastonline
I tend to react to what is happening around me in nature, rather than thinking ahead. So, I am very pleased this year to be thinking about one of my favorite spring phenomena – the Big Night amphibian migration to vernal pools …

Wildlife Personalities Play a Role in Nature (Hunter/Mortelliti)

March 7, 2022 – by Jim Robbins, New York Times
Studies help explore the ways that animals — whether bold or shy, aggressive or meek, interact with their environment.

‘Disciplinary nomad’: Jessica Jansujwicz finds her place as researcher, teacher, mentor, leader

March 2022 – Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions