Wildlife biologist Danielle D’Auria will lead a presentation on the Heron Observation Network of Maine at Merryspring Nature Center, Tuesday, Feb. 12 at noon.

D’Auria will speak about how citizen scientists, volunteers and students have been monitoring great blue heron migrations beyond state lines. In 2016, five adult great blue herons were outfitted with lightweight GPS tracking devices and then released, to allow researchers to follow their movements during nesting, migration, and wintering. Two of the five Maine birds migrated to Florida, one to the Bahamas, one to Cuba, and one flew all the way to Haiti. Attendees will hear about how over 100 volunteers have been monitoring their colonies for the past 10 years.

D'Auria is a wildlife biologist working in the Research and Assessment Section of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, in Bangor, where she focuses on wading and shorebirds.

This lecture is part of the Winter Talk Series at Merryspring. Admission to Tuesday talks is $5, with free admission for members of Merryspring.