Maine Natural History Observatory

Censusing and Monitoring the Species and Habitats of Coastal Maine

Maine Nightjar Monitoring

This project was launched in 2017 to monitor Maine's two Nightjar species: the Eastern Whip-poor-will and the Common Nighthawk. Both of these species are experiencing significant declines throughout their breeding ranges and anecdotal reports have indicated declines here in Maine.

Each year, volunteers conduct surveys along routes through nightjar habitat. Surveys are conducted at dusk and again on moonlit nights. In addition to nightjars, survey volunteers collect observations of owls, thrushes, and other crepuscular (twilight) and nocturnal birds.  The data from this project will be used to inform the management of these species here in Maine.

 

Follow this link for more information:

Maine Nightjar Monitoring Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by John Winze