The Maine Nightjar Monitoring Procject is a statewide citizen science project is collecting observations of whip-poor-wills, nighthawks, and other nocturnal birds, some of which are facing widespread declines. Submitted photo by Logan Parker

Logan Parker, an assistant ecologist and founder of the Maine Nightjar Monitoring Project, will host a virtual webinar, “Nightjars in Maine,” from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, presented by the Western Maine Audubon. Please note this is a new date for this previously scheduled event. Instructions for viewing the webinar will be sent by Tuesday, May 5, to those who register. This event is free to the public. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/maine-nightjar-monitoring-webinar-tickets-103102101160.

The annual warbler walk planned for Saturday, May 9, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Attendees will learn about the natural history of Maine’s nightjars, cryptic and nocturnal birds that are more likely to be heard than seen, and the efforts involved in monitoring these fascinating birds throughout the state, from Eliot to Calais, Kennebunk to Baxter State Park. The Maine Nightjar Monitoring Procject is a statewide citizen science project is collecting observations of whip-poor-wills, nighthawks, and other nocturnal birds, some of which are facing widespread declines. The project is currently recruiting volunteers to adopt monitoring routes or simply make observations of nightjars in your own backyard.

Logan Parker lives with his wife in their off-grid cabin in the woods of Central Maine. Logan, a life-long Mainer, earned his master’s degree from Unity College, where he studied Sustainable Natural Resource Management with a focus on biodiversity conservation. He is a birder, naturalist, writer, and wildlife photographer. Logan is also currently working to support the 2nd generation of the Maine Bird Atlas as a Special Species and Habitat Technician, conducting nocturnal, alpine, and winter bird surveys. He is also an ecologist for the Maine Natural History Observatory.


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