2019 FEATURED SPEAKERS
Doug Hitchcox, a Maine native, grew up in Hollis and graduated from
the University of Maine in 2011. The year he graduated, he travelled
to every corner of the state trying to observe as many species as
possible in what is known as a ‘Big Year.’ He ended the year having
seen 314 species in the state, a new record for Maine. Throughout
college Doug worked at the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center running
their store and leading walks and tours. Doug was hired as Maine Audubon’s
Staff Naturalist in the summer of 2013, a long time “dream job” for
him. In his free time, Doug is one of Maine’s eBird reviewers, owner
and moderator of the ‘Maine-birds’ listserv, York County Audubon board
member, and Secretary of the Maine Bird Records Committee.
Raymond VanBuskirk is a passionate birder, environmentalist, and vegan whose love for feathered creatures (dinosaurs included) was born in the mountains of the Land of Enchantment. His career experience includes president of the Central New Mexico Audubon Society, owner and lead guide of BRANT Nature Tours (www.BrantTours.com), researcher in field and lab ornithology, ABA youth camp instructor and Birding Specialist for Leica Sport Optics. Since age seven Raymond's travels have taken him to ten countries (he's only 28) where he has had the great privilege of deepening his connection to the natural world through multi-cultural outdoor exploration. His international travel experiences have not only deepened his admiration for the natural world but have further fueled his desire to protect it and share it with all generations of humans.
Abby McBride is a sketch biologist and Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow. She travels globally to sketch wildlife and write stories. With degrees in biology and science writing from Williams College and MIT, Abby took the obvious career path and did some farming in Spain, took up nature illustration in New York City, manned the helm of a lobster boat in downeast Maine, bird-blogged across the western United States, studied siblicidal boobies on an uninhabited Galápagos island, worked as a piano instructor and pastry chef in western Massachusetts, wrote for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, did communications for Bowdoin College and the American Ornithological Society, sketched icebergs in Iceland, sketched babblers in Borneo, sketched giraffes in Kenya, and went bicycling across eastern Europe. She recently returned from a year in New Zealand writing and illustrating stories about seabirds for National Geographic.
Photo by Edin Whitehead