Doug Hitchcox

Spring is prime time for citizen scientists, also called "community scientists," to get involved with helping to gather data for research about our natural world and more. Even with public health and social distancing in mind, many opportunities to contribute to citizen science projects exist all across Maine, and globally as well. We’ll learn what they are, and how to participate.

The steep decline in birds throughout North America has been dubbed a "crisis." New research published recently in Science shows bird populations have dropped by about 3 billion across North America—an overall decline of 29 percent from 1970. As the annual Christmas Bird Count kicks off (Dec 14-25), we discuss why this is happening, what the outlook is for birds in Maine, and what individuals can do to help.

Isaac Merson

As bird enthusiasts gear up for spring migration, our panel of bird experts will discuss what to watch for, as well as the ornithological news out of Maine—including the dearly departed Great Black Hawk.

Dark Skies

Jan 24, 2018

Parts of Maine are treasured for their amazing night sky, unaffected by the light pollution of cities and towns. In other parts of Maine, efforts are underway to reduced light pollution, by rethinking outdoor lighting.  Bird lovers, astronomy buffs and tourism officials are among those promoting the dark skies movement here in Maine, and across the nation.

Guests: Ed Gleason, astronomer and planetarium manager at University of Southern Maine


Nancy Hathaway, chair of the Surry Conservation Commission and mindfulness instructor who has been involved with dark skies efforts in Maine


Doug Hitchcox, staff naturalist at Maine Audubon

Courtesy Doug Hitchcox

SCARBOROUGH,  Maine - The Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count is underway. It's an annual tradition going back more than 100 years, but the findings could bring new and important information.