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Western Maine Audubon talk focuses on migrating bird paths, climate change

Herb Wilson

FARMINGTON - Is climate change a factor in alterations to the paths of migrating birds in Maine since 1994?

Herb Wilson has studied this and will present data and insight resulting from a citizen science. There have been changes in the dates of arrival and dates of departure for the many of the species of birds seen in Maine. What factors underlie these changes? How big a factor might climate change be?

Wilson is a Professor of Biology at Colby College where he teaches Ornithology, Evolution and Diversity, Marine Ecology and Marine Invertebrate Zoology. His primary research interests the impacts of global climate change on bird migration and the foraging behavior of winter birds in Maine.

Herb has a wonderful, interesting web site, http://web.colby.edu/mainebirds/about/, where he offers access to the many articles which he has written about our Maine birds. Check it out and come hear him in person on March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Robert’s Learning Center, UMF, Room C23. The event is free and open to the public.

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