Topic of Stanton meeting on Feb. 4 will be Maine Butterfly Survey

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AUBURN — A talk about the Maine Butterfly Survey will be presented Monday, Feb. 4, at the monthly meeting of the Stanton Bird Club. The presentation will be by Phillip deMaynadier, a wildlife biologist for Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. He will discuss “The Maine Butterfly Atlas: Keeping Track of Scaled Jewels.” The meeting and talk will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the USM Lewiston/Auburn campus, 51 Westminster St. The meeting is free and open to the public.

DeMaynadier received his doctorate in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maine in 1996 where he studied the effects of forest management practices on amphibians.

The Maine Butterfly Survey, will mark its final season in 2013, and hopes to document the distribution and status of the state’s butterfly fauna. The goal is to improve the understanding of butterflies and thereby help conserve those species most vulnerable to decline.

The MBS is a five-year, statewide, volunteer survey effort. Following in the tradition of previously state-sponsored wildlife atlasing projects, including most recently the Maine Damselfly and Dragonfly Survey, data generated from the MBS will come primarily from citizen scientists. The survey will help fill information gaps on distribution, flight seasons and habitat relationships for one of the state’s most popular insect groups.

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For more information, call 782-5238, visit www.stantonbirdclub.org or email StantonPR@yahoo.com.

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