State wildlife officials are asking for the help local birdwatchers across the state to document birds.

That project, the Maine Bird Atlas, is recruiting volunteers to systematically collect data on birds that are breeding and wintering here. Their asking for help documenting what's happening to the population of meadowlarks, along with many other species.

On centralmaine.com the data, which will be collected from 2018 to 2022, will be plugged into web-based mapping software and eventually published in a book and an online atlas. Organizers are now trying to recruit 2,000 volunteers who can commit 20 hours to the project over the next five years.