May 26, 2019

Word of clarification

I am writing to correct a statement attributed to me in your June 5 edition. The article on Partners in Flight (PIF) by Kathy Harbour correctly states that many of Maine’s songbirds are declining in population. However, the chestnut-sided warbler is not one of the top species of concern in Maine — as I stated in the article.

During my presentation at Acadia National Park, I stated that the Colorado Bird Observatory had listed the warbler as the number-one songbird of concern in Maine. The Maine working group of Partners in Flight disagrees because chestnut-sided warblers are common in Maine’s early successional forests. Therefore, the state working group of PIF is developing a prioritized list of species of concern in Maine. Whip-poor-wills, red-shouldered hawks, and olive-sided flycatchers are examples of birds that the state working groups believes warrants special attention. Thank you for the opportunity to clarify this misunderstanding. Ron Joseph Wildlife biologist Old Town

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