What does a fisheries biologist do? Why is Sebago Lake the perfect habitat for landlocked salmon? Listen in to this week’s podcast episode featuring fisheries resource supervisor Jim Pellerin to find out! Visit mefishwildlife.com/changers to listen now or search “Fish and Game Changers” on your favorite podcast app.
Going hiking or rock climbing? Peregrine falcons, an endangered species, may be nesting on the cliff’s face and are highly susceptible to human disturbance. To protect the nesting and roosting sites of falcons, please: Be aware that hiking or rock climbing near nesting peregrines can result in nest abandonment and death of eggs/young. If adults are away from the nest, eggs or young can become overheated, chilled, or young can miss feedings. Be on the lookout for agitated falcons, they may vocalize, take avoidance flights, or dive bomb those that are too close. If you observe this, please leave the area quickly. If you see a pair of peregrines nesting, or see young in the nest, please report it to
“Sunsets while fishing out of the kayak are hard to beat.” - @girlinthemewoods Share your photos with us by using #keeperofme or #allinforthemaineoutdoors
Winter tick, the species of tick that is threatening Maine’s moose population, is a one host tick. This means that unlike most other tick species, winter ticks feed on a single animal for all three developmental stages, consistently eroding its health for five to six months. Learn more about Maine’s moose population, the Department’s ongoing moose management study, and winter tick at mefishwildlife.com/wintertick
Do you enjoy watching birds while you hike, kayak, or relax in your backyard? Have you seen a baby bird or found a nest? The Maine Bird Atlas wants to hear from you! This important project depends on volunteers across the state to report bird sightings, especially right now during breeding season: 1- Report the bird you saw 2- Include where and when you saw it 3- Identify what the bird was doing Learn more and get started by visiting maine.gov/birdatlas
Did you know the Canadian tiger swallowtail is just one of Maine’s 118 breeding resident and visiting butterfly species? Named for their bright yellow color and black stripes, tiger swallowtails appear to be especially abundant this year. MDIFW recently completed an assessment of the distribution and status of Maine’s butterflies with the help of hundreds of citizen scientists. This project will inform conservation efforts for Maine’s eight threatened and endangered butterfly species and will serve as a baseline for monitoring population changes into the future. Photo by Roger Rittmaster
Dan Vitalis, host of the culinary adventure series @wild.fed and former vegan, started hunting and fishing to become closer to his food source. He now sources most of the food he eats from the Sebago Lake Watershed. Listen in to this week’s podcast episode to learn more: mefishwildlife.com/changers or search “Fish and Game Changers” on your favorite podcast app.
A reminder to anyone who spends time at beaches in southern Maine: help protect piping plovers by staying away from their nests! These endangered shorebirds set up nests on sandy beaches and are often hard to spot because of their coloring. Protecting every nest and chick is vital to retaining this rare bird in Maine! Sadly, there have been several instances where plover chicks or plover eggs have been harmed this season. You can help by spreading the word that piping plovers can thrive while we all enjoy time at Maine beaches, but they need their space! Dog owners, if your dog is allowed on a beach with nesting plovers, please keep it on a leash. Parents, please watch your children carefully. #pipingplover #doyourpart #keeperofme #endangered #mainebeaches #summervacation
In this week's podcast episode Katie takes a walk with Loon Echo Land Trust Executive Director Matt Markot. They chat about how the 7,000 acres of protected land not only helps Sebago Lake’s water quality but provides residents and visitors alike with recreation opportunities and supports the local economy. Visit mefishwildlife.com/changers to listen now or search Fish and Game Changers on your favorite podcast app.
Some wildlife species are drawn to residential areas because they offer food, shelter, and safety from natural predators. If you want to prevent wildlife from coming to your backyard, take steps now: Eliminate access to shelter Be smart about the garbage Compost responsibly Feed birds the natural way Protect poultry and livestock Be a responsible pet owner Keep wildlife wild Learn more at mefishwildlife.com/livingwithwildlife
Make the most of your staycation! This summer is a great opportunity to explore all Maine has to offer and try something new. But sometimes it can be intimidating to go to an area you aren’t familiar with or learn something you have never done. That’s why Registered Maine Guides have been bringing people on outdoor adventures for nearly 125 years! Guides bring beginners and outdoor enthusiasts alike on adventures throughout the state, whether it be camping, hiking, kayaking, ATVing, canoeing, wildlife watching, fishing, or hunting. Check out the link in our bio to learn more about hiring a Registered Maine Guide this summer. #allinforthemaineoutdoors #keeperofme
Cast a line and make memories! June is an excellent month to go fishing. Insects are hatching and water temperatures are rising leading to more active fish. Check out the June fishing report for tips and places to go: mefishwildlife.com/fishingreport
Creating high quality products that elevate our natural world is in Maine’s DNA according to Allagash Brewing Company’s Brewmaster Jason Perkins. Learn more and find out how high quality water impacts craft beer in this week’s Fish + Game Changers On Tap podcast episode. Visit mefishwildlife.com/changers to listen now or search Fish and Game Changers on your favorite podcast app. This episode is intended for a 21+ audience.
In season three of our Fish + Game Changers podcast, we are focusing on the partners who help keep the Sebago Lake Watershed pristine. Protecting the watershed not only keeps our drinking water clean but also helps keep our Maine traditions and communities thriving. In episode one, host Katie Yates chats with Laurel Jackson, a Water Resource Specialist for the Portland Water District (pictured). Listen in to learn why keeping the watershed forested is so critical for the water quality and what that means for the Portland Water District's customers. Visit mefishwildlife.com/changers to listen now or search Fish and Game Changers on your favorite podcast app.
Free Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity to try fishing for the first time, get back into it, or introduce someone to the sport! #fishme During free fishing weekend, any person may fish for free without a license on Maine’s waterways, except those who have had their license suspended or revoked. All other rules and regulations, including bag and possession limits, apply. Learn more: http://ow.ly/GoOf50zSWag
It is common to see a young animal alone in the outdoors, and when you do, you may worry that it has been abandoned by its mother. It probably hasn’t. The mother is most likely just searching for food to sustain her young. The best thing you can do if you come across a healthy young animal or bird is leave it alone; and if you have pets, put them inside or on a leash. Learn more: mefishwildlife.com/livingwithwildlife
Maine’s core moose population has remained relatively stable over the last ten years. However, climate change has begun to influence the success and proliferation of winter tick, leading to poor reproduction and low calf survival through the first winter. Learn how MDIFW’s biologists are working to implement adaptive methods to keep our moose population healthy and stable for the future: mefishwildlife.com/wintertick
Although we wish it were under different circumstances, we are thrilled so many people and families are taking the opportunity to spend more time outside and try new hobbies! As we head into Memorial Day weekend, here are a few reminders: Please continue following CDC guidelines Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return Be prepared for ticks Pick up after yourself Wear a life jacket when on or near the water Stick to your comfort level to avoid injuries And last but not least, enjoy your time outside and share your pictures with us by using #allinforthemaineoutdoors and #keeperofme Frequently asked questions: Yes, fishing and hunting licenses are required. Purchase one at mefishwildlife.com ATV and boat registrations are required.
Memorial Day Weekend is almost here, and many are eager to ride their ATVs! Remember that Maine is a large state with varying conditions meaning some trails are open and others will not open until mid-June. Most trails in northern and western Maine are still closed. Please obey closed trail signs and check with a local club before you go. Don’t be the person who causes a trail to close forever. As always, stay on the marked ATV trail (remember, not all snowmobile trails are ATV trails), never drink and ride, drive to the right and at an appropriate speed, tread lightly meaning don’t tear up the trail, and remember that modified exhausts are illegal. ATVs must have a valid registration; this fee helps pay for continued trail maintenance. We hope you have a fun and safe ATV season and appreciate your cooperation to help ensure Maine ATV trails continue for the next generation. FMI: http://ow.ly/Qvrr50zLXkl
Knowledge is power and being a #KeeperOfTheMaineOutdoors means staying informed! Join the effort by learning more about how you can help Maine's endangered and threatened species! http://ow.ly/6v7950zGIZ0 (link in profile) #EndangeredSpeciesDay