Submit Field Notes to the Observer


Current subscribers to the Observer can submit short articles and observations for publication in the “Notes from the Field” section of the journal.   


When to Submit Field Notes

Field Notes are accepted on a rolling basis all year round. 

Deadline for materials for Spring issue: February 28th

Deadline for materials for Fall issue: September 1st


How to Submit a Field Note

  • Email your Field Note to Glen at
  • Choose a short title and tell us your name, the date of your observation, and the town and county in Maine where the observation took place.
  • You may submit photos, sketches, or species lists with your note.
  • Field Notes should be under 500 words (contact us if you need more).  Species lists may exceed the 500 word limit.
  • (Optional) Let us know if you want us to include your email address with your byline.  Sharing your email allows readers to contact you with questions, share their own experiences, or suggest collaborations.


Scope and Topics

Submit short writings about natural history observations in Maine.  Topics may include (but are not limited to)...

  • Notable species observations or expansions into new areas.
  • Interactions between humans and nature that illustrate a conservation issue.
  • Descriptions of a rare ecological process, event, or interesting behavior.
  • Reflections from an amateur or “backyard” field study.

Is there a new beetle eating your garden that you haven't seen in your area before?  Do you have additional information about something published in a previous Observer?  Have you noticed a new plant species popping up along one of your favorite trails? 

We would love to hear about it!


Who Can Submit a Field Note?

At this time we are only accepting Field Note submissions from current MNHO members.  Learn about MNHO Memberships...


Contact Us

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