AUGUSTA

Deadlines approaching for moose permit applications

Paper applications for the 2010 moose permit lottery are due by 5 p.m. Thursday at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in Augusta.

The applications must be postmarked or delivered to IFW by the deadline, which provides adequate time for the department to process the paperwork before the lottery.

The April 1 deadline is for paper applications only. For the last few years, the department has encouraged hunters to apply online through its Web site, www.mefishwildlife.com. The deadline for online applications is 11:59 p.m. May 14.

This year, 3,140 permits will be allocated in the state’s 28 Wildlife Management Districts (WMDs). Season dates are:

Sept. 27-Oct. 2: WMDs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 19.

Oct. 11-16: WMDs 1-14, 17, 18, 19, 27, 28.

Nov. 1-6: WMDs 2, 3, 6, 11.

Nov. 1-27: WMDs 15, 16, 23, 26.

ORONO

Maine Warden Service hands out yearly awards

Game Warden Mike Morrison of Charleston was recognized as Warden of the Year at the annual meeting of the Maine Warden Service.

Other honorees included retired Resident Agent in Charge Christopher Dowd of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, winner of the Colonel’s Award; Sgt. Mark Warren, named Supervisor of the Year; and Warden Bruce Loring, winner of the Meritorious Service Award.

Exemplary Service Awards were given to Game Warden Pilot Daryl Gordon, Warden Eric Blanchard and Warden Doug Kulis.

Warden Paul Farrington and Koda received the K-9 Conservation Case of the Year Award for their recovery of key evidence under four inches of snow during a poaching investigation of a deer kill.

Retired Game Warden Donald Gray was named the Maine Warden Service Association’s Legendary Game Warden, and retired Game Warden Larry Grant received the Lifetime Distinguished Service Award.

At the meeting, guests also marked the 130th anniversary of the Maine Warden Service, formed on March 9, 1880.

FALMOUTH

Maine Audubon seeking volunteers for frog project

Maine Audubon is looking for volunteers for a project to help document the sounds and locations of different frog species. The data helps biologists assess the status of amphibian populations nationwide as part of an effort coordinated by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The program needs volunteers to conduct two-hour roadside surveys three times during the spring and early summer. Ideally, volunteers have e-mail and Internet access and can commit to the project for more than one season. After listening to frog calls online and passing a quiz on identifying the sounds of different frogs found in Maine, they conduct surveys in early spring to hear spring peepers and wood frogs, in late spring to hear American toads and northern leopard and pickerel frogs, and in early summer for gray tree, green, mink and bullfrogs.

Routes that need volunteers are in northern Maine, western Maine, central Maine (Greene and Madison), southeast of Bangor, near Presque Isle, near Houlton and near Bath.

Visit www.maineaudubon.org to learn more or call Susan Gallo at 781-2330, ext. 216, or e-mail [email protected]

AROUND MAINE

Bird enthusiasts offered variety of upcoming events

Several birding events are planned throughout the state in the coming months.

Deer Isle’s Wings, Waves & Woods Festival of Birding and Art is set for May 21-23. There will be morning warbler and songbird walks and kayak and boat trips to view bald eagles, osprey, scoters, loons, guillemots, eiders, Arctic terns and Atlantic puffins. Workshops will cover bird identification, backyard feeders and birdhouse building for children. A reception and exhibit of original bird and habitat-related artwork by more than 40 island artists will kick off the weekend. Call 348-2455 or visit www.deerislemaine.com.

Machias Seal Island is a popular destination during the Downeast Spring Birding Festival taking place May 28-31. Other favorite watch spots in the Cobscook Bay area include Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, known for its nesting bald eagles and ospreys, and Quoddy Head State Park, where birders can see red- and white-winged crossbills, northern gannets and spruce grouse. Call the Cobscook Bay Area Chamber of Commerce at 733-2201 or visit www.downeastbirdfest.org.

The Acadia Birding Festival will take place June 10-13 on Mount Desert Island. Spot rare warblers and seabirds on van and walking tours at coastal and forested preserves around the island. There will be daily boat trips to view the Atlantic puffin and tern colonies of Petit Manan Island, along with canoe and kayak trips, along with talks and presentations covering local species, raptors and land use issues affecting migratory birds. Visit www.acadiabirdingfestival.com or call 288-8128.

The Aroostook State Park Birding Festival on June 12 near Presque Isle will have bird walks on forest trails and the shore of Echo Lake, bird banding and calling demonstrations and talks about how to find some of the more than 100 species in the park. Visit www.maine.gov/doc/parks/park_events/index.html.