The state of Maine is undertaking a mult-year citizen science project to map out the <a href="/live/profiles/1622-ornithology" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">birds</a> present in the state — a project coordinated by Glen Mittelhauser ’89 of the Maine Natural History Observatory.The state of Maine is undertaking a mult-year citizen science project to map out the birds present in the state — a project coordinated by Glen Mittelhauser ’89 of the Maine Natural History Observatory. Credit: Professor Stephen Ressel

The state of Maine recently launched the Maine Bird Atlas, a multi-year citizen science project to map out birds throughout the entire state, creating an important database of information that will inform future management decisions at local, state and federal levels.

“It’s actually a huge effort to pull this off,” said Maine Bird Atlas coordinator Glen Mittelhauser of the Maine Natural History Observatory. “It takes a lot of time and dedication. There was an effort to organize one a bunch of years ago that Maine Fish and Wildlife was working on, and you know part way through setting that up, they decided they didn’t quite have everything pulled together to pull it off.”

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