Offshore research gives new insight seabirds, passerines, bats

Jan 07, 2013
Mid-Coast Audubon is hosting a presentation by Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge’s Deputy Manager Brian Benedict on Jan. 17, 7 p.m. at the Camden Public Library.

Camden — Mid-Coast Audubon presents Deputy Refuge Manager Brian Benedict from the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m. at the Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street. The program is free and open to the public.

Benedict will give a presentation providing an overview of the last five years of research conducted by Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge and its partners. Through the use of new technologies refuge biologists have been able to follow seabirds throughout their entire migration including the Arctic tern which has the longest migration of any bird at 40,000 miles. The talk will also cover recent efforts to track greater shearwaters, passerine migration studies, offshore bat migration, seabird foraging away from breeding colonies, and pelagic bird monitoring efforts.

Benedict graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor of science degree in wildlife management in 1984. After graduation he worked as a biological technician for Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge researching woodcock behavior before moving to North Carolina to participate in a Canada goose study with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. He also served as a biologist with Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Md. and with the National Wetlands Research Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1991 Benedict transferred to Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey where he served as an assistant refuge manager. In 1993 he was selected as the deputy refuge manager of Maine Coastal Islands NWR where he now supervises the refuge biological, Mmaintenance and law enforcement programs.

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