Several studies in recent years have documented significant declines in insect populations in various parts of the world (Hallmann et al. 2017, Lister & Garcia 2018, and Sanchez-Bayo & Wyckhuys 2019). If this phenomenon is widespread it could have important cascading impacts on ecosystem function. Maine Audubon, Maine Entomological Society, and MDIFW are interested in potentially exploring this question by compiling and examining existing data on insect populations in Maine
The project is in the introductory stage, but we have received a great deal of interest already, and I look forward to sharing some insights with you in October.
Sarah Haggerty is a Conservation Biologist/GIS Manager for Maine Audubon in Falmouth.
Contact: Nancy Knapp - 2077786285