BAR HARBOR, MAINE – Rebecca L. Holberton, Ph.D., professor of avian biology at the University of Maine’s School of Biology and Ecology, and Lindsay Tudor, a wildlife biologist for the bird group at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, will discuss a new technology aimed at tracking shorebird movements at the next MDI Science Café.
Their presentation is entitled “Using New Technology to Understand Potential Conflicts Between Human Activity and Shorebird Conservation.” The final café in the winter series will be held on Monday, May 1, at 5 p.m. at the MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine.
“Maine’s coastal habitats provide resources for humans and wildlife alike,” Holberton said. “But for shorebirds that rely on these habitats to rest and refuel along their extensive journeys to and from Arctic breeding grounds, human activities such as beach recreation and shellfish and rockweed harvesting may pose challenges.”
Holberton and Tudor have been using a new technology to track shorebird movements within and between stopover sites during their fall migrations in Maine and beyond.
They will discuss how their work reveals what shorebirds do and where they go in Maine, issues related to shorebird population declines and the importance of collective efforts among state and federal resource agencies, private landowners, resource harvesters, birders and the public in conserving Maine’s natural resources.
Holberton is director of the Northeast Regional Migration Monitoring Network, a cooperative of resource agencies, academic institutions, non-government organizations and private foundations from Atlantic Canada to the mid-Atlantic region that are studying the movement biology and ecology of birds and bats. Much of her career has been spent studying the blackpoll warbler, whose migration from North America to Venezuela is one of the longest nonstop overwater flights for a migratory songbird.
Tudor is a nongame bird specialist focusing on conservation, planning, inventory, research and outreach, primarily for shorebirds, terns and harlequin ducks. She is responsible for developing the criteria for shorebird “significant wildlife habitats” under the Maine Natural Resources Protection Act, as well as the designation of these habitats. She also designates essential habitats for the piping plover and the least tern under the Maine Endangered Species Act.
MDI Science Cafés are offered in fulfillment of the MDI Biological Laboratory’s mission to promote scientific literacy and increase public engagement with science. The popular events offer a chance to hear directly from scientists about the latest trends in scientific research. Short presentations delivered in everyday language are followed by lively, informal discussion.
The summer series of MDI Science Cafés will begin on Monday, June 26, with a presentation by artist Cheryl M. Coffin, M.D., of Surry, Maine. Coffin is one of four MDI Biological Laboratory artists-in-residence whose work will be featured in the laboratory’s sixth annual Art Meets Science exhibition, which will go on display in June.
Coffin, who has spent many years at the interface of art and science, is retired from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where she was an academic surgical and pediatric pathologist. The title of her MDI Science Café presentation is “Diagnostic Pathology at the Interface of Art and Science.”
MDI Science Cafés are sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and Cross Insurance. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please visit mdibl.org/events/ or call 207-288-3147.
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