FARMINGTON — The Western Maine Audubon monthly program will be on “The State of the Birds” and will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in Room C 23, Roberts Learning Center, University of Maine at Farmington. This program is free and open to the public.

Bird populations in Maine are constantly changing. A total of 445 species have been recorded in Maine. Some have been here for a long time while others are fairly new. Some are accidental and others introduced. A few of those species have been extirpated and might never be sees again. Doug Hitchcox will explain some of the major changes and fluctuations occurring with Maine avian fauna.

Hitchcox grew up in Hollis and graduated from the University of Maine in 2011. The year he graduated, he travelled to every corner of the state trying to observe as many species as possible in what is known as a “Big Year.” He ended the year having seen 314 species in the state, a new record for Maine.

Throughout college Hitchcox worked at the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center running their store and leading walks and tours. He was hired as Maine Audubon’s Staff Naturalist in the summer of 2013, a long-time “dream job” for him.

In his free time, Hitchcox is one of Maine’s eBird reviewers, owner and moderator of the Maine-birds listserv, York County Audubon board member and secretary of the Maine Bird Records Committee.

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