Holberton to speak about shorebird-tracking technology, Mount Desert Islander reports

Mount Desert Islander reported Rebecca Holberton, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Maine, and Lindsay Tudor, a wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, will present May 1 at the MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor. The title of their 5 p.m. presentation, the last in the MDI Science Cafe series, is “Using New Technology to Understand Potential Conflicts Between Human Activity and Shorebird Conservation.” “Maine’s coastal habitats provide resources for humans and wildlife alike,” Holberton said. “But for shorebirds that rely on these habitats to rest and refuel along their extensive journeys to and from Arctic breeding grounds, human activities such as beach recreation and shellfish and rockweed harvesting may pose challenges.” Holberton and Tudor have been using a new technology to track shorebird movements within and between stopover sites during their fall migrations in Maine and beyond, according to the article.