Feb 23, 2016

Owl hoot? Or...? Audio from 2/21/16 Owl Prowl in Rockport suggests attendees "missed" a quiet wild hooter.

Owl hoot?  Or what?    Audio recording from 2/21/16 Rockport owl prowl suggests 'jilted' attendees weren't listening closely enough.  Listen, and then ...You be the judge!

More than fifty owl enthusiasts led by two  staff of Merryspring Nature Center  walked through the muddy Rockport woods on Sunday evening. They  thought that they'd not heard a single wild owl hoot during the four listening stops of the sojourn.  

But listen below to an excerpt  of a recording from the first listening session. In between the 3rd & 4th call, it sounds like  an owl responding once in the distanceWas it?  The second audio features the "wild hoot" played at original speed and made louder and slowed down 
1. This 51 second recording starts with instructions to we listeners, then the owl call is played four times.(For brevity, I trimmed out most of the time listening between the instructions and when  the four owl calls began). Notice between the third and fourth call (at 42 seconds) you will hear the quet "real owl hoot" - at least it seems so to me.

2.   An 18 second recording of this "hoot" running at original speed and volume, then three increasingly higher volumes, then at its original, then slowed down to two different speeds and finally the original a last time.

What do you think?  It is two-syllabled as owl calls are.   Surely someone who knows their nightbirds will recognize that call.  If  someone would like the original unedited audio of the owl listening sessions, We'll make it available.

Feb 19, 2016

Virtually visit lobster homes in 3 Penobscot Bay harbors. Sunday March 6th Rockland

For Immediate release   2/19/16

Contact: Friends of Penobscot Bay  207-691-7485
Lobster-rich Penobscot Bay: Seeing is believing

ROCKLAND.  For more than a century, Penobscot Bay has been the salty heartland of the wild Maine lobster. On Sunday March 6th, from 2 to 4pm, join the Friends of Penobscot Bay at Stella Maris House in Rockland  as they inspect the lobster habitats of Rockland Harbor, Searsport Harbor and Rockport Harbor, using underwater videos they've made and acquired of the bayfloors of these places.

Since the 1840s Penobscot Bay has dominated New England's lobster fishery.   Come see lobsters hanging out beneath rocks and algae, sunken -into mud burrows, hiding hastily from an approaching video diver. Inspect the lobsters'   "prairie dog town"-style burrow communities
"West Penobscot Bay's lobster fishery alone brings in  around $130 million at the dock yearly", said Ron Huber executive director of Waterkeeper Alliance affiliate Friends of Penobscot Bay.   "There's an economic multiplier up to about 650 million dollars circulating within Penobscot bay  area communities.  Lobsters are our area's real renewable resource!"

The Friends of Penobscot Bay believe that keeping this fishery healthy requires keeping the watery homes of Penobscot Bay's lobsters - from the intertidal hideouts of juvenile lobsters to the bay's  sunken boulders and mudfloors.

"Seeing is believing" Friend's leader Huber said. "Come to Stella Maris House in Rockland  on  Sunday March 6th from 2-4pm and get to know the lobster habitats of Rockland Harbor, Searsport Harbor and Rockport Harbor" 

Stella Maris House is located at 148 Broadway, Rockland, adjacent to St Bernard's Catholic Church. Plenty of parking. Snacks will be served.

For more information, contact Friends of Penobscot Bay at  207-691-7485 or by email at coastwatch@gmail.com
Friends of Penobscot Bay: a Waterkeeper Alliance affiliate. Caring for Maine's biggest Bay