Kirk Gentalen

Kirk Gentalen lives on Vinalhaven Island in Penobscot Bay where he works as a steward for the Maine Coast Heritage Trust and the Vinalhaven Land Trust. Kirk has been birdwatching for 20 years and has spent the last 18 years working as a naturalist. He has worked in 13 states and led birding trips in Alaska, California, Georgia, & Massachusetts. Most recently Kirk has lead bird trips for both the Maine and National Audubon Society, as well as Elderhostel (now Road Scholar) birding trips to Monhegan Island. On Vinalhaven Kirk leads an afterschool adventure club (“Outdoor Explorers”) for 5th thru 12th graders, as well as edits the “Vinalhaven Sightings Report,” a monthly summary of natural history sightings from around the island. He also counts Harlequin Ducks and Purple Sandpipers aboard “The Fluke.”