Rangeley Birding Festival Guides
Steve Hale holds university degrees in marine biology, evolutionary biology, and ecology. His doctoral dissertation at the University of New Hampshire focused on the habitat associations of the endemic Bicknell’s Thrush, using satellite remote sensing and geographic information systems. An avid hiker, birder, and naturalist, he has lived in New Hampshire for over twenty years, and has explored most of the state as well as western Maine. He runs a guiding service called Open World Explorers.
Doug Hitchcox is the staff naturalist at Maine Audubon, and the frequently quoted “go-to” expert on wildlife events and news. After graduating from University of Maine in 2011, Doug traveled throughout the state to observe as many bird species as he could find. He ended the year with 314, a state record. During college, he worked at Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and was hired as Maine Audubon’s staff naturalist in the summer of 2013. In his free time, Doug volunteers as one of Maine's eBird reviewers, is the owner and moderator of the "Maine-birds" listserv, and serves as a York County Audubon board member and member of the Maine Bird Records Committee.
Derek Lovitch is a biologist, tour guide, and business owner. He is the author of Birdwatching in Maine: A Site Guide and How to Be a Better Birder. He has served as Tools of the Trade department editor for Birding magazine. With his wife, Jeannette, he owns and operates Freeport Wild Bird Supply, an independent bird-feeding and birding specialty shop that serves as a vehicle for promoting birding and bird conservation, including the Bradbury Mountain Raptor Research Project. Derek works as a guide for clients throughout the state and also leads trips for WINGS.
Peter McKinley is a climate adaptation ecologist at The Wilderness Society. He has worked in northeastern conservation and ecological research for the last 20 years, as the Director of Forestland Conservation at the Forest Society of Maine, a staff conservation biologist at New Hampshire Audubon, a researcher on forest songbirds and commercial forest management at the Manoment Center for Conservation Sciences, and the Vice President of Operations and Ecological Planning for a progressive timber management company.
Kevin Sinnett was a career Naval Aviator, piloting the Navy P-3 Orion patrol aircraft. He is Maine Guide (hunting, fishing, and recreational) Vice President of the Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsman’s Association, and a Director with the Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society. His cruise business, Rangeley Region Lake Cruises, has been offering scenic lake cruises on the Rangeley Lakes for 11 years.