Technology Aids In Identifying Maine Snakes

By Assistant Regional Wildlife Biologist Kendall Marden “Its brown and black with diamond patterns on its back and it is a couple of feet long!”  That’s the usual statement received by MDIFW Biologists and Game Wardens from concerned callers who have come across an unidentified snake. The first step to trying to answer the caller’s […]

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Private Landowners Key To Success Of Wildlife And Fisheries

By Assistant Regional Wildlife Biologist Brad Zitske Working as a wildlife biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife in the busiest region in the state means I spend a lot of time talking with people. In fact, we tend to work with people more than we work with wildlife itself. Many wildlife […]

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MDIFW Undertakes 3,139 Shrub Plantings for Wildlife Habitat in Scarborough Marsh WMA

By Jeremy Clark, Resource Manager – Lands Program Since Fall 2016, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) Regional Biologists and Resource Managers from the Lands Program have planted over 3,100 shrubs to bolsterwildlife habitat at Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area. The Scarborough planting project aims to fast-track the succession of once-maintained fields to […]

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Regional Wildlife Biologists Jobs Can Vary Greatly

By Regional Wildlife Biologist Scott McLellan The life of a regional wildlife biologist involves wearing many hats, and can require working with a diversity of species within a short period of time.  One can respond to the call of a dead moose that requires investigation, evaluate a stand of timber with a forester in a […]

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Easter’s On Its Way, And Peter Cottontail Needs Your Help!

By MDIFW Wildlife Biologist Cory Stearns With Easter nearly here, you might find yourself breaking into renditions of “Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail, hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on it’s way!” But, what happens when Mr. Cottontail has nowhere to hop? That’s the problem facing Maine’s only native cottontail rabbit, the state Endangered […]

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Learning More About Lynx During The Winter Months

By Regional Wildlife Biologist Scott McLellan One of the responsibilities of a wildlife biologist in the Moosehead Lake region is to research and collect information about Canada lynx. Most townships within this region have lynx present, which was not the case 20 years ago. Our data indicate that the population of lynx across the state […]

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