The State of Maine’s Wildlife – with Judy Camuso, Commissioner of Maine IF&W – Tuesday, June 18th

Judy Camuso’s career began at Maine Audubon and she has been engaging people with wildlife ever since. Knowing that people will conserve and protect the things they love, her mission became to share her passion for nature.

An important opportunity led her to become Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s first female regional biologist and later to become the Director of the Department and most recently Commissioner.  This amazing woman is a licensed bird bander and an avid birder, as well as a hunter, who canoes, hikes and bikes. Camuso is a leader in protecting Maine’s inland fish, and wildlife.

We hear that visitors to Maine annually contribute more than a billion dollars to our economy in their pursuit of wildlife-related activities.  Governor Mills’ appointment of Judy Camuso to become Commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife gives her an incredible opportunity to spread her enthusiasm and passion.

Camuso is respected for her science-based management decisions regarding Maine’s inland fish, wildlife, and non-game habitats.  We look forward to hearing updates on endangered species as well as our iconic species like loons, moose and arctic char.

This program is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Mather Auditorium at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm.  Come early for social time and refreshments.  The program begins at 7 pm and will be preceded by a brief annual meeting starting at 6:45 pm.

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Annual Election of Officers and Directors

The Nominating Committee has presented a slate of Officers and Directors to the YCA Board, and that slate has been approved by the Directors.  At the Annual Meeting on June 18th, the following slate of Officers shall be voted upon by the Membership:  Bill Grabin, President, Joyce Toth, Vice President, Kathy Donahue, Treasurer, and Monica Grabin, Secretary, as well as the following slate of Directors: Mary Bateman, David Doubleday, Doug Hitchcox, Ken Janes, Marion Sprague, Seth Davis, Eileen Willard, Marian Zimmerman

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The Harlequin – Spring 2019

Please click on the link below to view the Spring 2019 issue of our Harlequin newsletter (with photos in full color!)H

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The Black Ghost: Understanding the Maine Black Bear – with Deborah Perkins – Tuesday, May 21st

Wildlife ecologist Deborah Perkins brings us an engaging, informative, and visually dramatic show for all ages!  Deborah’s experience as a bear biologist included studying black bears and grizzly bears across North America.  In Maine, she worked with the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife’s black bear program.  Have you ever climbed into a bear’s den?  Well, Deb has!

In fact, Deb has worked on various other bird and mammal studies throughout North America including shorebirds in the Canadian Arctic, Canada Lynx in northern Maine, and seals and seabirds in Maine. In this program Deb will bring her Black Bear adventures to life with stories, science, and pictures.


The program will be held in the Mather Auditorium of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. It’s free and open to the public, and starts at 7 p.m. Come early for refreshments and social time.

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Fighting Against the Rising Tides: A Biologist Looks at the Impact of Climate Change on Birds That Live in the Saltmarsh – with Logan Maxwell – Tuesday, April 16th

Biologist Logan Maxwell recently completed her master’s work at UNH.  Her research focused on ways climate change affects birds along our coast. Our saltmarshes provide breeding habitat for a community of uniquely adapted birds that are threatened by the ongoing changes in vegetation, loss of habitat, and increased tidal flooding due to rising sea levels.

Logan’s aim was to figure out how saltmarsh birds might adapt to this changing environment.  Birds that live in our saltmarshes are seriously impacted by lunar high tides. These tides are the leading cause of nest failure.  Saltmarsh nesting birds are extremely vulnerable to even slight increases in sea level.  How might they survive?

Logan is an engaging speaker who relates well to a diverse audience.  You will leave this program with a better understanding of factors which concern the birder, motivate the biologist, and threaten our saltmarsh birds. This program is free and open to the public.  Come early for refreshments and social time.

The program will be at 7 p.m. in the Mather Auditorium at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm.  Free and open to the public.  Come early for social time and refreshments.


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“Bringing Nature Home” links and resources

Thanks to Maine Audubon’s Eric Topper for a great program this week on Bringing Nature Home.  He described the many ways in which native plants and animals benefit our environment.  Here’s a great list of resources and links:

2018 Links List

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Bringing Nature Home with Eric Topper on Tuesday, March 19th

Bringing Nature Home is Maine Audubon’s new community engagement and habitat stewardship initiative based on the bestselling book of that title by Doug Tallamy.  Join Maine Audubon’s Director of Education, Eric Topper, to explore the plants, practices and perks involved in restoring native food webs in our gardens, yards and communities.

Like many places, the landscape of coastal Maine has changed dramatically.  Today, gardens, yards, neighborhoods and towns are playing increasingly critical roles in supporting native food webs for birds, pollinators and other wildlife.  Our individual efforts to support wildlife can be both intimately rewarding and broadly beneficial.

With an overall focus on Maine birds and their habitats, Topper will introduce what individuals and groups can do, including what plants to choose and how to manage and maintain our gardens for their full ecological function and benefit.   He will also discuss the large selection of beautiful native flowers, shrubs and trees we can incorporate into our yards to attract and support a multitude of birds, butterflies and other interesting native wildlife.  YCA programs are free and open to the public.  Come early for social time and refreshments.

The program will be at 7 p.m. in the Mather Auditorium at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm.  Free and open to the public.  Come early for social time and refreshments.


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The Harlequin – Winter 2019

Please click on the link below to view the Winter 2019 issue of our Harlequin newsletter (with photos in full color!)

Harlequin Winter 2019


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The Maine Young Birders Club (MYBC) Announces Hog Island Scholarships for Teens

MYBC, in conjunction with York County Audubon and Friends of Hog Island, is sponsoring two scholarships for Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens.  This intensive 6-day, 5-night program on Hog Island allows enthusiastic young birders to work with some of the country’s best-known birders and ornithologists on field identification, bird ecology and conservation. This program includes the unique opportunity to see Audubon’s seabird restoration work in action, and visit Eastern Egg Rock during the puffin breeding season (weather and sea conditions permitting). The program runs from June 16th to 21st.

The scholarships will pay 80% of the recipient’s cost for program tuition, room and board. Additional funds may be available if an applicant demonstrates financial need.  Applicants must be 14-17 years old to attend.

Scott Weidensaul photo

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YCAS announces the June Ficker Hog Island Scholarship for Educators for 2019

Hog lsland chickadee - Christine Caprio    A view of Hog Island

Hog Island on midcoast Maine

YCAS will again be awarding a scholarship for the Educator’s Week program, July 14-19, 2019 on famed Hog Island. Check the Scholarship Programs link under the Community Involvement pull down heading above for more information.  The application deadline is March 15th.

YCAS announces 2019 Hog Island Scholarship flyer

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