The Friends of Scarborough Marsh join the Library to present Dr. Phillip deMaynadier, who joins us virtually to introduce the butterflies of Maine, including those we can expect to see in Scarborough. Butterflies and moths (Order: Lepidoptera) are a diverse and ecologically important group of animals and, as with many other pollinating insects, are threatened by habitat loss, pollution, and climate change. Phillip’s state-wide research and conservation helps inform the advice he shares about best management practices for butterflies and other pollinators. Learn more about this important and intriguing insect from a wildlife biologist who has been studying at-risk wildlife and their habitats with Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for 22 years! Click here to register for the Zoom link.
Phillip deMaynadier, Supervisory Wildlife Biologist, Ph.D.
Phillip has worked as a wildlife biologist for Maine's Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for 22 years with a focus on nongame and endangered species biology and policy. He has co-authored over 40 scientific publications, is active on several State and national wildlife technical committees and serves on the Graduate Faculty at University of Maine’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology. Phillip received his doctorate in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maine in 1996 where he studied the effects of forestry practices on amphibians. Some of his recent projects include: a) co-authoring and implementing Maine’s 2015 State Wildlife Action Plan, b) leading IFW’s efforts to identify and protect high value vernal pools, c) coordinating statewide atlasing and research efforts for butterflies, dragonflies, amphibians, and reptiles, and d) advising landowners and land trusts on best management practices for rare and at risk species and habitats.