Ed Hawkes of Bar Harbor, Maine is a master bird carver and avid bird watcher. He started birding at the age of twelve in Southern Maine. And since moving to Mount Desert Island in 1977, Ed has become well-acquainted with his 'backyard' -- Acadia National Park -- and has served for 12 years as a volunteer ranger with the park's Peregrine Watch in the spring/summer and Hawk Watch in the fall. After retiring from teaching, Ed has found more time to pursue his lifetime fascination with birds. And while birding, his thoughts quickly turn to creating his lifelike wooden sculptures, with such fine detail you expect them to take flight. Whether bird watching or bird carving, one passion feeds the other. Ed and his wife, Debbie, regularly lead birding hikes for their Downeast Audubon Chapter. And leisure time means they’re off birding -- whether on Mount Desert Island or further afield such as recent trips to Texas, Florida, Arizona, Southern California, Alaska, Newfoundland, and Costa Rica.