Fish and Game Changers

By Katie Yates

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Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) is about so much more than fish + game, with leaders on every level changing the face of conservation and blazing new trails for a better Maine outdoors. This podcast takes you behind the scenes with Emily MacCabe exploring the unique and diverse work done by department staff across the state. Listen in to learn why these game changers love what they do, and what drives them to apply their time and talent to the Maine outdoors.

Episode Date
Mom's Away, But I'm Okay!

You found a deer fawn all alone... now what? 

In this episode, Emily talks with Wildlife Biologist Scott Lindsay to discuss the normal and natural behavior of female white-tailed deer (doe) during the spring season when they give birth to their young (fawn). Listen in to learn a little more about our wonderful white-tails and how to S.P.O.T. a fawn in need of help!

Learn more about dealing with orphaned or injured fawns at

May 26, 2023
Endangered and Threatened Species in Maine

Season 7 of Fish + Game Changers kicks off with a conversation about Maine’s Endangered and Threatened Species in Maine. Host Emily MacCabe is joined by wildlife biologist Alex Fish to discuss the state of endangered and threatened species in Maine and how listeners can make small changes in their own backyards that could have positive impacts on some of Maine's most vulnerable species.

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May 19, 2023
Making a Difference with Landowner Relations Corporal Rick LaFlamme

For Maine Game Warden and Landowner Relations Corporal Rick LaFlamme, supporting Maine's landowners is a privilege. In this Season 6 finale, Rick describes Maine's unique Landowner Relations Program, educating the public on how to be good land users, working with landowners to preserve outdoor recreation opportunities, picking up millions of pounds of litter, and why he's passionate about this work.

Learn more about accessing private land in Maine and how you can support Maine's generous landowers who allow access to their land at 

Jul 07, 2021
Hello from a Fish Hatchery

Katie chats with Fish Culturist Ashley O'Neal. Ashley describes her daily routine raising trout and splake at the MDIFW Governor Hill Fish Hatchery. Ashley explains why she finds the hands-on hatcheries work to be rewarding, despite originally pursuing a career in wildlife.

Jul 07, 2021
Experiencing Maine with MOSES Supervisor Angie Vo

Katie chats with MOSES (MDIFW's licensing system) Supervisor Angie Vo about how her office job connects her to Maine's outdoors.

Jul 05, 2021
From the Midwest to Maine with Deer Biologist Nathan Bieber

Katie checks in via Zoom with MDIFW Deer Biologist Nathan Bieber. Nathan describes growing up and working in the Midwest, his move to Maine, the final steps of the state’s deer collaring study, and why he loves his job.

Jun 28, 2021
Fly Fishing with Fisheries Biologist Jake Scoville

Katie meets up with avid angler and fisheries biologist Jake Scoville to try out fly fishing and chat about his experiences in the field. Jake is based in the Grand Lake Region in downeast Maine.

Jun 21, 2021
Maine's Moose: Finale

Do turkeys spread ticks? Why don't we put tick collars on moose? In this final episode of season 5, Katie reviews the adaptive management study, next steps, and FAQs with MDIFW Moose Biologist Lee Kantar. In the coming months, Lee will present his proposal to the Department's advisory council. Christl Theriault, MDIFW's legislative liaison, explains this process.

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Feb 22, 2021
Maine's Moose: Winter Tick

The proliferation of winter tick due to climate change is impacting the health and reproduction of the moose population. In this episode, MDIFW Moose Biologist Lee Kantar reviews all things winter tick including how they differ from other ticks you may be familiar with and how they impact moose. Lee also introduces the Adaptative Management Study, an ongoing study to determine if lowering the moose population density can lessen the impacts of winter tick.

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Feb 15, 2021
Maine's Moose: Learning about the herd

With 10 million acres of moose habitat in Maine, MDIFW Moose Biologist Lee Kantar has found helicopters to be essential to monitoring the state's moose population. Lee explains the three different studies from the air: the aerial survey to count moose, another aerial survey to determine the distribution of bulls, cows, and calves, and a third study where GPS collars are placed on cows and calves to track them.

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Feb 08, 2021
Maine's Moose: Moose through the years

Moose are as synonymous with Maine as lighthouses and lobsters. Moose can be found grazing in swamp lands, browsing on saplings sprouting in recent clear cuts, swimming in lakes, and seeking the cool shelter of our state’s enchanting forests. In this episode, Katie chats with MDIFW Wildlife Division Director Nate Webb and Moose Biologist Lee Kantar to learn a little about the history of moose in Maine.

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Feb 01, 2021
Take Aim: Story of a Mentor
Oct 19, 2020
Take Aim: Guided to Success
Oct 12, 2020
Take Aim: The Art of Hunting
Oct 05, 2020
Take Aim: Fisheries Bio on The Go
Sep 28, 2020
Take Aim: A Game Keeper's Wild Life
Sep 21, 2020
Take Aim: Dan Rice, Future Maine Guide
Sep 14, 2020
Take Aim: The Commissioner
Sep 07, 2020
Take Aim: Courtney's Surprising Hobby
Aug 31, 2020
On Tap: Finale
Jul 20, 2020
On Tap: New England's First Craft Brewery
Jul 13, 2020
On Tap: Adventures of a Wildlife Biologist
Jul 06, 2020
On Tap: The Comeback of Sebago's Salmon
Jun 29, 2020
On Tap: Watershed Fed
Jun 22, 2020
On Tap: A Walk in the Watershed
Jun 15, 2020
On Tap: A Brewmaster's Secret Ingredient
Jun 08, 2020
On Tap: Ripple Effect
Jun 01, 2020
Running with the K9s: Part Three
May 04, 2020
Running with the K9s: Part Two
Apr 27, 2020
Running with the K9s: Part One
Apr 20, 2020
Visiting a Bear Den
Mar 16, 2020
When Your Office Is the Wild Outdoors

Katie visits with wildlife biologist Sarah Spencer, whose work focuses on managing habitats for the benefit of wildlife. We talk about Sarah’s unique off-the-grid upbringing, how she charted a career in conservation, and the wild, beautiful, and ever-changing places her work brings her every day.

Mar 09, 2020
Moose to Mayflies
Mar 02, 2020
When Research Findings Surprise
Feb 24, 2020
Stopping Poachers and Spreading Positivity
Feb 17, 2020
Mapping out a Dream Job
Feb 10, 2020
Netting Fish and Getting the Family Outside
Feb 03, 2020