(alphabetical by last name)
Wildlife artist and Maine Master Naturalist from North Yarmouth, Michael Boardman is know for his watercolor bird portraits and nature journal sketches. He has connected his art to wildlife science through artist residencies at Acadia National Park, Hog Island Audubon Camp, and Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve in Southeast Alaska. He fulfilled a lifelong dream by becoming the artist in residence in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the summer of 2019, and spent 2 glorious weeks at the Canning River bird Camp on the coastal plain. He spent most of the pandemic tracking down all the Arctic birds that migrate through Maine, and sketching them when possible. When not in the field he frequently teaches drawing workshops to help instill an appreciation for the natural world. He can also be found running his art business Coyote Graphics, creating cards, prints and t-shirts of his wildlife and nature artwork.
Evan Dalton has been a student of nature for as long as he can remember. He majored in biology at Earlham College (surprise!), where he studied herpetology and ornithology. Evan earned his M.S. studying Wood Thrushes in western Massachusetts, and has worked in field jobs ranging from capturing iguanas in the Bahamas to radio-tracking overwintering American Oystercatchers on the gulf coast. An NABC certified bird bander, Evan now works at Manomet Bird Observatory in Plymouth, Massachusetts where he helps supervise the 55-year-old migration banding operation and shares the results through educational programing. An avid birder, Evan has led bird walks for over 15 years. He enjoys teaching birders (of any skill level and age) all about bird identification, vocalizations and ecology.
Molly DellaRoman studied environmental science in both college and graduate school. She had always been interested in birds since a young age and after taking Cornell's Spring Field Ornithology course in 2004, she has been a very active birder. She has been an organic farmer in MA since 2006 and bought an organic orchard with her partner in 2017 in Brooklin, ME. They have been enjoying birding all over the Blue Hill Peninsula and MDI.
Michael J. Good, MS. Biologist/naturalist, President of Down East Nature Tours in Bar Harbor, Maine and Founder of Warblers and Wildflowers Festival (1998-2007), Acadia Birding Festival (2008-present) and the Penobscot Watershed Eco Center, Bar Harbor. He has over 30 years experience studying the birds of North America and brings a wealth of knowledge about Neotropical migrants and the avifauna of the Eastern United States. Michael has traveled extensively in the US, Alaska, Europe, Australia, South America and Cuba. He is a regional business leader promoting sound ecologically practices in business, government and land development. A Registered Maine Guide, Michael has been guiding professionally for many years through his company Down East Nature Tours focusing on avian ecology in the Gulf of Maine. In his spare time he maintains Three Pines Bird Sanctuary in Town Hill, Maine, studying micro-habitat of Neotropical migratory birds on Mount Desert Island, Maine and winter ecology in various Neotropical countries when given the opportunity.
Julia Hanauer-Milne is a lifelong birder who does not remember a time Before Birds. Her parents fostered that interest with their active feeders and appreciation of the birds who visited in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Julia has lived in Maine now for 33 years, currently in Sidney. A teacher and writer, Julia has shared her love of birds with students for the past 25 years through bird walks, projects, and citizen science. A Fund for Teachers fellowship in 2017 allowed her to bird in the Peruvian Amazon and to help her students learn how birds connect Maine with other parts of the world.
Matthew Gilbert is a 17 year old birder from Cumberland, Maine. Although he has been interested in birds since preschool, he became serious in 2019 when he started using eBird. Last year he was the top year-lister for Maine, even without a driver's license. He has attended Hog Island Audubon Camp and Cornell's graduate seminar in ornithology, and dreams of exploring the boreal forest more. He's happy to share knowledge with anyone!
Billy Helprin Billy is the Director of the Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary (right behind Festival Center in Somesville). Before working for the Sanctuary, Billy was the Mt. Desert Island Steward for Maine Coast Heritage Trust, managing Preserve properties and monitoring many conservation easements. He has a Master of Science degree from Utah State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching. Billy has enjoyed leading wildlife explorations and studies in the Rocky Mountain region for Great Plains Wildlife Institute, the Teton Science School, and Abercrombie and Kent; and in Kenya for the School for Field Studies. He has been involved with avian research and inventory projects in Ohio, Maine, Wyoming and Guatemala. Whenever possible, Billy enjoys getting out with friends or on his own to see and hear which bird species are nearby and what they are up to.
Ed Jenkins is an Avian Biologist with the Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) in Portland, Maine, where he works with migratory songbirds, seabirds, and marine renewable energy issues. Always a birder, Ed is originally from the UK, but has conducted research on birds in New Zealand, Australia, Malta, Israel, and China, with a focus on seabird ecology and conservation. He first came to Maine in 2013 to spend the summer working for National Audubon on Maine's offshore seabird colonies, and returned the next year to supervise research on Seal island NWR. After receiving his M.Sc. in biology from the University of Manitoba in Canada, where he studied the foraging ecology of Newfoundland's seabirds including puffins, murres and storm-petrels, Ed returned to Maine where he now spends his spring and fall banding birds at River Point Bird Observatory in Falmouth and assisting on various research and conservation projects.
Patrick Kark fell in love with bird life histories when obtaining a B.S. in Zoology from Colorado State University. After graduating, Patrick first came out to Maine to work for Acadia National Park as the raptor intern. It is in Acadia, that he fell in love with birding. Patrick continued to work at Acadia National Park for the next 7 years as an ornithology ranger guiding bird walks, nature hikes, and boat programs. He also led the peregrine falcon watch program and the Cadillac Mountain hawkwatch for the park during this time. Patrick enjoys the year round birding opportunities that Downeast Maine provides and loves to share this remarkable place with others.
Craig Kesselheim is a recently-retired educator living in Southwest Harbor on MDI. He has been birding ever since he was hooked by a college ornithology course in 1973. Craig birds and travels elsewhere in North America whenever possible, but has been Maine-based for about 25 years.
Adrian Lesak has been a birder since childhood and fondly recalls the early mornings of spring migration; birding while delivering newspapers until the school bell rang. He has studied forest songbird communities for the US Forest Service in Washington and in Master's and PhD research in Alabama and Wisconsin, respectively. As part of the Eagle Optics sales team for 5 years, and now as the birding and nature observation manager at Vortex Optics, he has gained extensive knowledge and field experience with the latest the sport optics industry has to offer. Adrian enjoys the challenge and reward of pairing birders with the right optics to help them enjoy the pursuit and the passion for birds and birding he shares with them.
Don Lima has been an avid birdwatcher ever since his grandfather first gave him a pair of binoculars at age 8. He pursued his passion of wildlife and the outdoors at the University of Maine, Orono, where he received his B.S. in Wildlife Management in 1986. He soon began a career that has, so far, spanned 32 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), which has allowed extensive opportunities to live, travel and bird all over the U.S. Don has conducted restoration projects in grassland and saltmarsh habitats, waterfowl banding for the USFWS and Black Duck Joint Venture, point count surveys, and was an active member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s, Partners for Wildlife Program. His greatest passion is continuing to share his love of birds, wildlife and being outdoors with his sons.
Kristen Lindquist is a published poet and freelance writer with a monthly natural history column in the Pen Bay Pilot. She regularly leads bird walks for various nonprofit organizations around the state. She is a past member of the Maine Bird Records Committee, past board member of Friends of Maine's Seabird Islands, and a past member of the Conservation Commission in her hometown of Camden, ME. Recently, she was a contributing writer for the new "Birdwatching in Maine: A Site Guide."
Becky Marvil lives with her family in Yarmouth, Maine. She has a background in Biology (Earlham College) and in Ornithology and Computer Science (University of Colorado), and runs her own computer programming/webpage design business. She is pleased to be the Executive Director of the Acadia Birding Festival, combining her knowledge of webpage design, organizational skills, and love of birding. She is also the Secretary for the Maine Bird Records Committee, and eBird Hotspot monitor for Maine. During her free time, she helps with local bird surveys, chases after rarities, and she loves to travel and enjoy birds in new locations.
Daniel McDermott, originally from Lowell, MA, is a seasonal Park Ranger at Acadia National Park, a PhD student at the University of Rochester, and avid birder. Daniel fell in love with birds and birding when he first worked for Acadia in the summer of 2017 and has been hooked ever since. For Acadia, Daniel regularly leads birding programs and walks, while out of season, volunteers at numerous hawkwatch sites and Christmas Bird Counts. He especially enjoys birding local patches and contributing to state breeding atlas projects.
Greg Miller has been birding for over 50 years.... really before he can even remember. It was his father who got him into birding at an early age and he has birded in all 50 states and much of Canada, always smitten by the birding bug. Every trip out is an adventure! In 1998 Greg zigzagged across the continent–traveling 130,000 miles while trying to hold down a full time job at a nuclear power plant–to try to see as many species of birds in one calendar year as possible. It was an incredible experience passing the 700-species mark—an achievement many birders aspire to in a lifetime. But there was competition. Two other birders, Sandy Komito and Al Levantin also did Big Years the same year and also broke the 700-mark. These three competitive quests are documented in the 2004 non-fiction book, The Big Year, by Mark Obmascik, and later in 2011 made into a movie. Greg had the fortunate opportunity to be the Bird Consultant for the movie. Greg now guides for Wildside Nature Tours.
Bill Sheehan lives and birds in northern Maine, where he grew up. He is a registered Maine Guide and has been leading trips and guiding birders in the woods and wetlands of Maine for over 25 years. Bill is the president of the Aroostook Birders birding club and has been involved with the Maine Bird Records Committee since its inception. A reviewer for Maine eBird, Bill has a deep interest in the distribution and status of birds in Maine and is currently working with Peter Vickery on a book on this subject. An avid duck-a-phile, Bill loves most scanning his favorite local patches for rare waterfowl and waders. He can be seen observing a Ross's Goose in Limestone, Maine on Google Earth at the coordinates (46.913309, -67.824541).
Tom Stephenson has been birding since he was a kid under the tutelage of Dr. Arthur Allen of Cornell University. His articles and photographs are in museums and many publications including Birding, Birdwatcher's Digest, Handbook of the Birds of the World, Handbook of the Mammals of the World, Birds of Madagascar, and Guide to the Birds of SE Brazil. His latest book, The Warbler Guide, is published by Princeton University Press and recently won the National Outdoor Book Award. The Warbler Guide App, for iOS and Android, includes 3D rotating models and won the 2015 Design Award for AAUP Book, Jacket and Journal Show. His app, BirdGenie, is a "shazam" for bird song that helps bird enthusiasts identify over 150 common vocalizations in eastern and western US by recording them on their smart phone. BirdGenie won the prestigious PROSE award from the American Association of Publishers.
Doug Suitor, a reverse migrant, moved with his wife and daughters to Maine from Fort Myers Beach, FL in 2007. To date he still claims this was a good idea. He became interested in birds while working with Manatees and Sea Turtles in Southwest Florida. He is currently an aquatic ecologist with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection's Lakes Program and enjoys exploring Maine's scenic beauty. A board member of Merrymeeting Audubon he leads trips for the chapter and thoroughly enjoys birding and playing around in the midcoast area.
As an Environmental geologist, Ann Thayer chose a career that allowed her to spend her work-life outdoors where she could observe the natural world around her. Backyard birding and long time association with Audubon fed her curiosity about birds and led to more varied birding in Maine and Florida. More recently, she's honed her birding skills in the varied terrain of Maine, and during expeditions to the American Southwest, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Ann contributes to the birding and geology units of the Maine Master Naturalist program, and thanks to mentors along the way, she now leads birdwalks in Maine and Florida, where she's just as likely to point out an interesting rock or favorite tree species-though she's happiest when she learns something new along the way.
Terry Towne is a life-long amateur naturalist and USCG Licensed Captain. He uses his outdoor enthusiasm and skills as the Regional Steward for Maine Coast Heritage Trust to steward the islands around Mount Desert Island’s bays and offshore on Marshall Island and Long Island Frenchboro. After learning how to make a living in Maine more than 30 years ago by commercial fishing and municipal government, he is a graduate of the University of Maine. He has introduced many to the beauty and ruggedness of Maine’s islands through his trail building and public awareness programs.
Margaret Viens , a native Mainer, who grew up in Connecticut, has been a backyard birder since she was a young child, but only became a more "serious" birder once she retired in 2007. She is one of 5 siblings who bird together and was lucky enough to have some great local birding mentors, as well as the opportunity to travel extensively both domestically and internationally where she is rarely seen without her binoculars and camera. She volunteers with several citizen scientist projects, is a Maine eBird reviewer, serves on the Maine Birds Records Committee and is active with the Augusta Birding Club, both giving presentations and leading walks in central Maine. She has lived in Waterville since 1973.
Jill Weber is a consulting botanist/ecologist. She received her B.A. in Botany from the University of Northern Colorado and her M.S. in Botany from the University of Maine. Jill has done field botany in Maine since 1988, working for Nature Conservancy, the Maine Department of Conservation, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Acadia National Park, and many land trusts. She is coauthor of The Plants of Acadia National Park and Sedges of Maine: A Field Guide to the Cyperaceae. She is currently an instructor and herbarium curator at the College of the Atlantic. Plants touch every facet of our lives, from food, to art, economics, and politics. Every plant has a story, and Weber’s passion is to learn as many of them as she can and share her sense of wonder with others.
Magill Weber was born into a family of non-birders, but had the good fortune to grow up down the road from the Wind Point lighthouse, one of the best migrant traps on Lake Michigan. She taught herself to bird in early elementary school via steady supply of field guides gifted by family members in the hopes of avoiding actually having to go birding themselves. Magill has worked as a bird bum on field projects around the country, wrote a masters thesis on the spring stopover ecology of Blackpoll Warblers, and served as a project director for The Nature Conservancy's California migratory birds program. Magill is currently an attorney for a Portland, Maine-based technology company. She sits on the Arizona Bird Records Committee and the American Birding Association board of directors, and has had a number of articles and photos published in national birding publications and field guides. She has birded on five continents and in every US state and Canadian province-the Maine coast is, hands down, her favorite place to bird.
Chuck Whitney is a local educator, who has lived in Hancock County since 1978. When not birding he can be found making Uilleann bagpipes and playing them in Irish music sessions.