Monthly Review from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife - June 2016

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JUNE 2016

Biologists Research Migratory Patterns Of Coastal Stream Brook Trout


Salters, or sear run brook trout, possess a certain mystique. Brook trout are most closely associated with cool, mountain streams, but as many avid brook trout anglers know, you can find them throughout Maine in streams that remain cool in the summer. READ MORE

IFW, Students to Capture and Track Radio-tagged Heron


Students and teachers from several schools across the state, in conjunction with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, are capturing and radio tagging great blue herons to learn more about herons and their habitats. READ MORE

Landowner Relations Program Provides Kits to Maine Forest Rangers


The Maine Warden Service has been using the Landowner Relations Relief kits for almost two years now. In many landowner based complaints, the district warden has almost everything in their kit to correct, or help in resolving landowner’s problems with misuse and abuse. Each district game warden in Maine has a relief kit issued to them, which includes tools such as signs, locks, chain, spray paint (purple & orange), a staple gun, “do not enter” ribbon, range finders, and even surveillance cameras to help catch the violators of landowners. READ MORE

Providing Access Into Wildlife Management Areas Is A Balancing Act


Road construction on Wildlife Management Areas is by nature a delicate balancing act.  A great deal of thought goes into the location and length of a road since once it has been constructed it will likely remain a gap in the landscape in perpetuity, but is necessary both for access and also for habitat work. READ MORE

Partnerships Play Vital Role in Protecting Maine’s Endangered Shorebirds


Piping plovers are small, striking shorebirds typically found on sandy beaches and dunes in southern Maine. Their camouflage plumage makes them more often missed than detected but the keen-eyed observer can see them starting and stopping on the beach in their seemingly endless foraging search for invertebrates. Signs, fenced sections of beaches, and nest exclosures are good indicators of piping plover presence. Least terns are the smallest tern in Maine and are more closely related to gulls than shorebirds. They are aerial foragers seen dive-bombing into the surf trying to catch small fish and making a racket. If terns are swooping precariously close to you on your beach walk, it is a pretty good sign that they have a nesting site nearby. Both species lay eggs directly in shallow depressions on sand beaches along the eastern seaboard and depend on this fragile and dynamic ecosystem for survival. READ MORE

Moose Permit Drawing Held at Kittery Trading Post


The 2016 Maine Moose Permit Lottery took place on June 11 at Kittery Trading Post. Commissioner Chandler Woodcock kicked off the event and read the first 100 names with the assistance of three of his grandchildren. CLICK HERE to review the results online! 

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Tips for Avoiding Conflicts with Bears


With an early spring and dry weather conditions, Maine’s black bears have been causing more conflicts with many Maine residents this spring. READ MORE

Boating Safely in Maine


As you head out to enjoy a day on Maine's waterways, remember to always wear your life jacket and NEVER boat under the influence. READ MORE

Fishing Report for July


Summer fishing is heating up! Check out the latest fishing report!