Thirty years ago, as a paper company undertook a massive, 15,000-acre clear-cut near Moosehead Lake, a team of bird researchers had an idea.
They wanted to document how songbirds are affected by commercial forest practices across a large landscape.
The results surprised them. They found that birds and logging can coexist with different ages and types of trees. Now, with the population of U.S. birds plummeting, the team is back to document how Maine’s North Woods may offer hope for their survival.
It was late June, about 4 a.m., when Jonah Levy and Jalen Winstanley, only half-awake, piled into their work truck to head into the woods.