Danielle D'Auria is a wildlife biologist who works in the Bird Group of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. She focuses on colonial wading birds, secretive marsh birds, black terns, and loons.
The Heron Observation Network is a volunteer adopt-a-colony program started in 2009. Volunteers across the state monitor wading bird colonies during the breeding season. The information they collect helps state biologists understand trends in wading bird populations, and prioritize their future conservation efforts.