For the fourth consecutive year, birders across the state will have the opportunity to support non-game and endangered species conservation with the purchase of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Maine Birder Band.
The Maine Birder Band program is intended to provide the Maine birding community an opportunity to support DIF&W's non-game bird conservation efforts. Just as hunters and anglers fund Department efforts through license purchases, birders can become a participating constituency by demonstrating their willingness to fund non-game bird conservation.
“We’re hoping to give the growing legions of birders some street ‘cred’ as significant contributors to IF&W’s conservation programs” said DIF&W’s Steve Walker.
The Maine Birder Band is available for a contribution of $20, and it can be purchased through DIF&W’s online store at www.mefishwildlife.com . Bands are suitable for attaching to binoculars, cameras, sunglasses or any other outdoor gear.
Maine Birder Band participants get "banded" and receive an officially registered and individually numbered band. Just like a migratory bird band, each band has a phone number so that someone finding the band, and the misplaced object that the band is on, can call DIF&W and locate the birder who lost the band and gear.
To date, Maine Birder Band funds have supported DIF&W efforts to study distributions and abundance of coastal marsh sparrow species; update population assessments of grassland birds and launch Maine eBird. Maine Birder Band contributions provide a vital source of match that allows the State of Maine to access federal conservation funding.
For more information on the Maine Birder Band or any of DIF&W’s ongoing projects, please “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mainefishwildlife  or call us at (207) 287-8000.