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Counting the Birds a Truly Big Deal
     Don’t be too surprised if a birder wanders through the neighborhood this month. The annual Christmas Bird Count will put hundreds of Mainers out on the street over the last few weeks of the year, as it has for the past 118 years.

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Are You a Birder, Or Just a Watcher?
Are you a birder or just a bird watcher?  Take Bob Duchesne's quiz and find out.

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Four Course Forestry Event Served Up at Pine Tree Camp
The drumming of a grouse in the distance.  A trailside tree peppered with rings of yellow bellied sapsucker pecking holes.  The cry, like a squeaky wheel, of a black and white warbler as it flitted by.  The forest at Pine Tree Camp in Rome was filled with bird trills last Saturday during the Women and Our Woods Outdoor Workshop.

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Pileated Woodpeckers Vocal Woodlot Companions

 It would be quiet if it weren’t for the ...   almost non-stop “wuk wuk wuk” from three pileated woodpeckers. Their volume matches their large bodies. “ We have a resident pair as well as a third bird that’s spending the winter.  Pileated woodpeckers have a 150- to 200-acre territory, so owners of smaller woodlots won’t have many pairs. It isn’t unusual to have more than one pair in winter, but come spring the visitors will be driven away if they don’t leave voluntarily.

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Only Three Maine Mammals Hibernate Full-Time
Hibernation is underway in our woodlots. We can let the dogs out in the evening without worrying about them bumping into raccoons, skunks, porcupines and bears. Or can we? 

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Who Cooks for You?  Early Signs of Spring
Most of Maine’s migrating songbirds will arrive at the beginning of May. Some can’t wait that long. 

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Tracks and Scat Tell  about Habitat and Species
When looking at tracks, a good way to start is deciding whether it is a canid (dog) or a felid (cat). A dog track will have ...

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The Presence of Piebalds
Doing a double-take is a natural reaction when seeing a piebald deer.  The flash ...

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Full Development of Antlers - Worth the Wait
All male members of the deer family – deer, moose and caribou – have antlers. On occasion, females also grow antlers. I don’t know if it’s because social media makes it easy to pass around photos and information, or...

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Full Development of Antlers Worth Waiting for
                        by Robin Follette  All male members of the deer family &ndas...

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