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Maine Seeks Monitors to Manage Piping Plovers Along Coast

Elizabeth Truskowski
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New York Department of Environmental Conservation via AP
In this July 26, 2015 photo provided by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, a piping plover and its chick walk along the shore of Lake Ontario in Jefferson County, N.Y.

Maine officials are looking to hire scientists to manage and monitor endangered birds that nest along the state’s coast.

Documents say the management and monitoring of piping plovers and least terns will cost about $178,000. The two birds are listed as endangered in Maine and considered by state authorities to be at risk of localized extinction.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says it would need four to six biologists to monitor and manage the birds on 25 beaches between Ogunquit and Georgetown.

The program is expected to take place this year and next. The scientists will also conduct surveys of migratory shorebirds and map feeding and roosting areas.

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.