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Birds and Bagels at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region, July 18, 2014
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Allie Pesano, Piping Plover intern studying birds outside of the habitat she typically observes.
Allie Pesano, Piping Plover intern studying birds outside of the habitat she typically observes. - Photo Credit: Sarah Fensore

The 4th Annual Birds and Bagels event was sponsored by the Rachel Carson NWR Land Management Research and Demonstration program on July 18, 2014 in Wells, Maine. The purpose of the event was to allow eight interns and bio technicians to expand their birding experience in two ways: first, to learn about birds from expert birder Brian Harris, second, to visit a habitat different than the one usually observed on refuge lands. That morning we set out for a short hike under the power lines off Bald Hill Road, and immediately observed birds emerging from the brush and tree line. We practiced identifying the birds by sight, and more importantly, by sound, because birds are often heard first, then seen. We are proud to have identified 35 different bird species, including indigo bunting, green heron, Eastern bluebird, as well as multiple warblers including pine, black and white, and the chestnut-sided warblers. To finish off the morning we returned to refuge's salt marsh ecologist Susan Adamowicz’s home for bagels and coffee to discuss the observations of the morning. One of the conversation topics discussed was how the bird community may alter due to potential changes in vegetation as a result of human disturbance and climate change.


Contact Info: Megan Kelsall, 2076469226 ext 31, megan_kelsall@fws.gov



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