I am really excited to announce that the Heron Observation Network of Maine (HERON) is partnering with Burly Bird (a Maine-based conservation sticker company) to help raise funds for an important statewide aerial survey for nesting great blue herons scheduled for 2015!
Members of the public can support HERON in its efforts by purchasing a newly released UV-coated vinyl sticker that shows a black and white silhouette of a great blue heron.
The HERON sticker can be placed anywhere, including on car bumpers and windows, house windows to help prevent bird to glass collisions, water bottles, coffee mugs, laptops or bikes.
As you probably already know, HERON is a volunteer adopt-a-colony program started by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in 2009 in order to gain a better understanding of the great blue heron’s status within Maine.
The proceeds from the sticker will help fund the next aerial survey scheduled for 2015.
The great blue heron was designated as a Species of Special Concern in Maine in 2007 due to a decline in breeding pairs along the coast. Little was known about the inland breeding population before 2009 when the Department ramped up its monitoring efforts by creating the Heron Observation Network.
Through HERON, volunteers across the state monitor known great blue heron colonies during the breeding season, collecting information that helps state biologists understand the species’ population trend and prioritize future conservation efforts.
In addition to the data collected by volunteers, it is important to periodically do a statewide aerial survey to find new heron colonies that may have recently popped up.
The Burly Bird HERON sticker is now available just in time for the holidays. They can be purchased from the Burly Bird website or through the Department’s online store. They sell for $4 each with $3 going directly to fund the aerial survey. Sticker sales will also help leverage federal funding through Maine’s State Wildlife Grant Program.
The HERON sticker is a great, inexpensive, conservation-minded gift for anyone with a love of the outdoors. Get yours today!
Be sure to check out a short promotional video for the new HERON sticker on our YouTube channel, too.