Benefits to Birds of a Free-Flowing River
Restoration of the Penobscot River offers tremendous benefits to fish and wildlife throughout the watershed and in the Gulf of Maine. An increase in forage fish, insect diversity and abundance, and staging areas means greater feeding opportunities and habitat for a wide variety of songbirds, birds of prey, and waterbirds. A healthy river system will lead to enhanced recreational and wildlife viewing activities, as well as related economic benefits to communities along the river. In 2008, a poster was developed by the Penobscot River Restoration Trust to provide information on how birds will benefit from a free-flowing river. Excerpts from the poster along with links to related news articles are provided on these web pages. Click here to view the full pdf of the poster.
We participated in the Acadia Birding Festival for two years to highlight the benefits of river restoration to the larger Gulf of Maine system. John Banks, Director of the Department of Natural Resources, Penobscot Indian Nation (partner in the project and Trust member), participated in a panel that included discussion of the significance of river restoration to birds. We also helped coordinate a literary forum focused on rivers, fisheries restoration and the important ecological connections between birds, fish and free-flowing waterways. A video of the forum is posted on the College of the Atlantic web site HERE.