AUBURN – David Ladd from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection will give a slide presentation on common birds of Maine for the Stanton Bird Club at 7 p.m. Monday, April 3, at the High Street Congregational Church.

Ladd will point out various habitats and behaviors of birds likely to be encountered from back yard feeders to Maine’s wetlands and forests. The public is welcome to attend for the photographic display of Maine’s common birds.

Ladd has been actively watching and studying birds since the mid-1980s. His travels have taken him from the jungles of Central America to the Canadian boreal forests. He has worked from Texas to Nebraska, studying the effects of agricultural pesticides on birds and small mammals.

Ladd has also worked on the federally endangered black-capped vireo, studying the effects of brood parasitism on the black-capped vireos’ production and survivorship.

Ladd worked as a field biologist at Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Calif., and has conducted long-term bird banding research in Maine as part of a nation-wide Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship program. He lives in Oakland.

The bird club offers monthly natural history programs and field trips throughout the state free. The club welcomes new members. For more information, call 782-5238 or visit

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