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Tracking Maine’s Great Blue Herons Beyond State Lines

Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 12:00pm – 1:00pm Save to Calendar



To reserve your space, please call Suzanne at (207) 646-1555 x116 or email


  • Suggested Donation: $5.00


Mather Auditorium

This event is handicap accessible

Photo credit: Dick Brubaker

Did you ever wonder where Maine’s Great Blue Herons go in winter? Since 2016, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has deployed lightweight GPS tracking devices on Great Blue Herons to follow their movements during nesting, migration, and wintering. This technology has revealed impressive migrations sometimes over long stretches of open ocean and for over 60 hours non-stop to Florida, the Bahamas, Cuba, and Haiti! Hear all about these majestic birds, how over 100 volunteers have been monitoring their colonies for the past 13 years, and how students are integral to tracking their movements within and beyond state lines. 

The Wells Reserve operates in accordance with orders from the Governor of Maine and instructions from the Maine Center for Disease Control. Reserve leadership will monitor, evaluate, and adapt as needed to ensure all programs operate safely and effectively. Please have a mask on hand if you are not vaccinated and/or feel safer being masked in a group setting.

Please note: Program fee does not include site admission fee.

About the Presenter 

Danielle D’Auria is a Wildlife Biologist working in the Wildlife Research and Assessment Section of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in Bangor, and focuses on statewide populations of colonial wading birds, secretive marsh birds, black terns, and loons, as well as land management issues affecting wetland habitats.


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