Time: Tue, Jul 23, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for the second in our “Maine Creatures Great & Small: Four Organisms Important to Our State’s Aquatic Habitats” lecture series, in collaboration with Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
Danielle D’Auria is a Wildlife Biologist working in the Research and Assessment Section of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in Bangor. Her education began with a B.S. in Biology from State University of New York at Geneseo, followed by a M.S. in Wildlife Science from New Mexico State University. Her professional career began with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System where she focused on threatened and endangered species, habitat restoration, conservation planning, invasive plant management, and a variety of wildlife and habitat monitoring. As a biologist for Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlif, Danielle now focuses on statewide populations of colonial wading birds, secretive marsh birds, black terns, and loons, as well as land management issues affecting wetland habitats.
In 2009, she started the Heron Observation Network of Maine, which is a group of over 100 volunteers who help monitor wading bird colonies across the state to better understand distribution and abundance. Over the past two years, she has tagged great blue herons with GPS transmitters to better understand their movements and limiting factors, all the while involving students of all ages in the field work and online tracking elements of the project. She hopes to get students across the state following Maine’s Great Blue Herons online to learn about the birds’ habits and the wetlands they depend on.