About

The New Maine Birding Field Notes Blog by Derek Lovitch.

With the apparent demise of my Field Notes blog on Mainetoday.com, I thought it was time to begin anew. We will continue to use Facebook (www.facebook.com/freeportwildbird) for “micro-blogging,” including daily bird sightings and short trip reports, conservation news, store news, and more. Here, however, will be the new home for the lengthier essays, and especially photo-filled trip reports. I will also archive my rare bird sightings in posts here.

I am a career biologist with a lifelong passion for birds, having worked on avian research and education projects in nine states from New Jersey to Hawaii and from Florida to Michigan. I also spent three summers as a tour guide on Alaska’s Pribilof Islands; he served as tour director in 2003, and organized and conducted the first comprehensive Fall Avian Survey in the island’s history. My wife Jeannette and I have settled down in Pownal, Maine, where we own and operate Freeport Wild Bird Supply, a retail store that caters to birders of all levels. Our store serves as a vehicle for me to continue to share his enthusiasm for birding, birds, and bird conservation.

I also serve on Pownal’s Conservation Commission, and with Jeannette founded the Bradbury Mountain Raptor Research Project, and am active with many birding and conservation issues in Maine. I also works as a consultant, performing various bird surveys in the state. Yet somehow I still find the time to bird just about every day: whether as a Senior Leader for WINGS, guiding for private clients, organizing pelagic trips, or simply working on one of my local patch lists, hardly a day goes by when I’m not in the field.

My first book, titled How To Be a Better Birder, was published in March 2012 by Princeton University Press. I was also the “Tools of the Trade” Department Editor for Birding Magazine for 6 years, and my writing has also appeared in Birder’s World, Bird Observer, Bird Watcher’s Digest, NJ Audubon, and Winging It. I also authored A Birder’s Guide to Whitefish Point (Michigan) and wrote the text and designed the Birds of the Maine Backyard folding guide. Along with birding, I also enjoy hiking, exploring new natural areas, developing my native plant garden, eating, and rooting for Rutgers football. Any – and more – of those topics may appear in my ramblings on this blog at some point.

Learn more about Freeport Wild Bird Supply by visiting:
http://www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/

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