Courtesy Maine Audubon

Following research released last month that showed nearly 3 billion birds have been lost in the last 50 years, there’s more dire news out Thursday for North American birds.

Journey of the Broad-Winged Hawk

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 26 at 10:00 pm
Sat., May 28 at 11:00 am

Every year, Broad-Winged hawks embark on a spectacular 4,500-mile journey from New Hampshire to South America. This is the story of their flight.

Journey of the Broad-Winged Hawk follows the raptors' two-month, 4,500-mile migration from New Hampshire &8212; over an Appalachian flyway in Pennsylvania, over Corpus Christi, Texas &8212; to their arrival in the rainforests of Ecuador and the Maquipucuna Reserve. Along the way, we meet the people and communities who follow and celebrate the hawks' journey.

Journey of the Broad-Winged Hawk was produced by Phil Vaughn of New Hampshire Public Television.

For more information and home video/streaming information visit the Finding Traction website.

First Wind

A Maine wildlife science research center is receiving $1.1 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Energy to help answer some of the unknowns about wind power development.

Courtesy: National Audubon Society

The changing climate threatens hundreds of species of birds, and may put half of all North American birds at risk of extinction by the end of the century. That's the conclusion of a seven-year study released today by the National Audubon Society. The study looked at more than 40 years of climate data and bird census numbers. For more on the implications closer to home, Tom Porter talks with Doug Hitchcox, a naturalist with Maine Audubon.

View the National Audubon Society report.

You know it's springtime in Maine when the birds wake you up before your alarm clock does. Right now is peak season for the spring bird migration. That means bird watchers -- both amateurs and experts -- are out with their binoculars in woods and fields all over Maine. Jennifer Rooks headed out to Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park with ornithologist Jeff Wells.

When Jeff Wells heads into the woods, he hears things most of us don't.

"That super-high pitch sound, 'zzzz,' that's a blackburnian warbler," Wells says.

Not background noise. But discrete, individual voices.


May 19, 2014

Where to birdwatch in Maine and which birds to look for. Birdwatching is one of the fastest-growing pastimes in America. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service estimates that 48 million of us are birders, the same report shows that Maine is second only to Montana in the percentage of people who are bird-watchers. And why not? By many measures, Mainers are living in bird-watching paradise. Especially right now, during the spring migration season, when songbirds arrive from South and Central America.