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Mike Chickering, B.S.
Mike holds an adult Common Loon.

Mike Chickering, B.S.

Facilities and Equipment Manager

207-839-7600 x123
mike.chickering@briloon.org

Mike joined BRI in 2006 as a field biologist, studying Common Loons. As a child, he spent many weekends on hunting trips with his father—long hours in a deer stand observing animals in their natural environment, fostered his passion for working with wildlife.

In his position as loon program field coordinator in Maine, Mike organizes staff and activities for field work in the Rangeley area, where BRI has established a biostation. While in Rangeley, Mike and his crew spend nights capturing loons on the local lakes, banding them and collecting blood and feather samples, which are later analyzed at BRI’s mercury lab. Once a year, Mike organizes “Egg Day” at the lab—a day when his staff processes the unhatched loon eggs sent to BRI from around the country for mercury analysis.

While Mike’s research focuses on monitoring the behavior and productivity of the Common Loon throughout Northern New England, he has also worked on several other projects studying freshwater fish, fur-bearing mammals, and waterfowl. Prior to working at BRI, Mike spent two seasons working for the Loon Preservation Committee in North Country, New Hampshire alongside BRI staff.

Education

 
  • B.S., Wildlife Conservation, Unity College, 2007

Expertise and Experience

 
  • Experience catching loons at night with a dip net and during the day with use of underwater mist nets and decoys
  • Collecting blood, tissue, and feather/fur/scale samples from birds, mammals, and fish

Research Interests

 
  • Tracking animals with satellite telemetry
  • Toxicity in freshwater fish

Journal Articles

 

Research Reports

 
  • Chickering, M. D., K. Taylor, J. Fair, M. O’Neal, I. Johnson and D. Evers. 2011. Flagstaff Lake Common Loon Population and Productivity Survey and Management Report: 2011 Season Final Report. Report BRI 2011-27 submitted to NextEra Energy Main Hydro. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine. 21pp.
  • Chickering, M. D., K. Taylor, J. Fair, S. Wile, M. O’Neal, I. Johnson and D. Evers. 2011. Mooselookmeguntic Lake Common Loon Populations and Productivity Survey and Management Reprort: 2011 Season Final Report. Report BRI 2011-31 submitted to NextEra Energy Maine Hydro. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine. 25pp.
  • Chickering, M. D., K. Taylor, J. Fair, S. Wile, M. O’Neal, I. Johnson and D. Evers. 2011. Richardson Lake Common Loon Population and Productivity Survey and Management Report: 2011 Season Final Report. Report BRI 2011-28 submitted to NextEra Energy Maine Hydro. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine. 16pp.
  • Chickering, M. D., J. Fair, K. Taylor, I. Johnson and D. Evers. 2010. Aziscohos Lake Common Loon Population and Productivity Survey and Management Report: 2010 Season Final Report. Report BRI 2010-04F submitted to NextEra Energy Maine Hydro. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine. 16pp.
  • Chickering, M. D., J. Fair, K. Taylor, K. Blanchette, I. Johnson and D. Evers. 2010. Flagstaff Lake Common Loon Population and Productivity Survey and Management Report: 2010 Season Final Report. Report BRI 2011-29 submitted to NextEra Energy Main Hydro. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine. 28pp.
  • Chickering, M. D., J. Fair, K. Taylor, V. Polito, K. Blanchette, I. Johnson and D. Evers. 2010. Mooselookmeguntic Lake Common Loon Populations and Productivity Survey and Management Report: 2010 Season Final Report. Report BRI 2010-05F submitted to NextEra Energy Maine Hydro. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine. 25pp.
  • Chickering, M. D., J. Fair, K. Taylor, S. Wile, I. Johnson and D. Evers. 2010. Richardson Lake Common Loon Population and Productivity Survey and Management Report: 2010 Season Final Report. Report BRI 2010-06F submitted to NextEra Energy Maine Hydro. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine. 25pp.
  • Taylor, K.M., J. Fair, M.Chickering, D. Meattey and D. Evers. 2009. Aziscohos Lake Common Loon Population Survey and Management Report. Report BRI 2010-04 submitted to NextEra Energy Maine Hydro. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine.
  • Taylor, K.M., M. Chickering, B. Schaffer, L. Savoy and D. Evers. 2008. Mooselookmeguntic and Richardson Lakes (Upper and Middle Dam Projects): Common Loon Population Survey and Management Five Year Report. Report BRI 2008-29 submitted to FPL Energy Maine Hydro. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine.
  • Taylor, K.M, M.Chickering, L. Savoy and D. Evers. 2009. Aziscohos Lake Common Loon Population Survey and Management Report. Report BRI 2009-08 submitted to FPL Energy Maine Hydro. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine.
  • Taylor, K.M., M. Chickering, B. Schaffer, L. Savoy and D. Evers. 2008. Mooselookmeguntic and Richardson Lakes (Upper and Middle Dam Projects): Common Loon Population Survey and Management Five Year Report. Report BRI 2008-29 submitted to FPL Energy Maine Hydro. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine.
  • Taylor, K.M, M. Chickering, D. Pepin, L. Savoy and D. Evers. 2008. Richardson Lake Loon Population Survey and Management Report. Report BRI 2008-13, Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine.
  • Taylor, K.M., Chickering, M., Divoll, T., DeSorbo C. R. and Evers D. C. 2007. Aziscohos Lake Common Loon Population Survey and Management Report: 2007 Season and fourth, five-year monitoring report (2002-2006). Report BRI 2007-16 submitted to FPL Energy Maine Hydro. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME. 55 pp.
 
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