Presenters

Erik Blomberg

Dr. Erik Blomberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at University of Maine / Orono who has been conducting research on upland game birds since 2001, with a focus on Maine since 2012.He holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin / Stevens Point, an MS from the University of Rhode Island, and a PhD from the University of Nevada / Reno, where his dissertation research focused on Greater Sage-Grouse in the American Great Basin.Here in Maine Erik and graduate students in his lab study Ruffed Grouse, Spruce Grouse, American Woodcock, and Wild Turkey, with most of the work in the lab being focused on habitat associations and their links to bird populations. Erik lives in Old Town with his wife, one‑year‑old son, and two unruly dogs.

Woody Gillies

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Woody Gillies has had an interest in birds since his mother introduced him to backyard birding at an early age. When he was in junior high, he tagged along with his older brother who was taking a field ornithology course in college. Woody is a retired Professor Emeritus from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY where he taught chemistry for thirty-five years. He was a member of the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club and Massachusetts Audubon and presently is president of Fundy Audubon, a local chapter of Maine Audubon. Woody has birded in the Canadian Maritimes, Central America, Australia, and Europe. He has been interested in nature photography most of his adult life and has photographed birds wherever his travels take him. In 2017, he did a Washington County Big Year with a year-end total of 199 species.

Kirk Gentalen

Kirk Gentalen first went bird watching in 1988 in Acadia National Park and he hasn't looked back since. Since then, Kirk has worked as a naturalist in 13 states and led birding trips in Alaska, California, Georgia, and Massachusetts. Gentalen currently works for Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) as a steward/naturalist. While much of his MCHT work focusses on Vinalhaven Island in Penobscot Bay, he also leads many walks, talks, and outreach programs with schools up and down the Maine coast. Kirk also edits the Vinalhaven Sightings Report nature blog and authors "Nature bummin' with Kirk Gentalen" for the St. George Dragon community journal. Kirk lives in St.George with his wife and son.

Dr. Herb Wilson

Dr. Herb Wilson is the Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of Biosciences at Colby College in Waterville. He has a broad range of ornithological interests. Over the past quarter century in Maine, he has conducted research on the ecology of Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Palm Warbler, Semipalmated Sandpiper, and Purple Finch. For over 20 years, he has been tracking patterns of spring arrival of migratory breeding birds with the assistance of over 200 citizen scientists.

Delia Mae Farris

Delia Mae Farris is a Cutler native, and an historical archivist for the many generations of her family’s lives on four lighthouse islands and fishing boats.  She is a prolific storyteller, sharing her talents with young and old alike, in schools and communities throughout the downeast region.   She is an interpreter for the historic McCurdy Herring Smokehouse Museum in Lubec, and leads shoreline tours for APPLE.  “Reflections from Destiny Bay,” Delia’s essays on coastal nature and people, can be found in the Quoddy Tides Newspaper.

Bob Duchesne

Bob Duchesne became interested in birds in the first grade. Interest grew to passion and today Bob is currently President of the Penobscot Valley Chapter of Maine Audubon, and serves as a State Trustee. Bob is a frequent field trip leader for Audubon, and now operates his own guiding service with his wife, Sandi. Together, they have led trips from Atlantic Canada to the Florida Everglades. He spearheaded creation of the Maine Birding Trail, which launched in 2009, and is the author of Maine Birding Trail: The Official Guide to More than 260 Accessible Sites.