2021 Rangeley Birding Festival Guides
Katrina Fenton is a biological technician currently working for the US Fish and Wildlife Service at Umbagog NWR and Nulhegan NWR. She has counted raptors at Bradbury Mountain Raptor Research Project in Maine, and at Carter Hill and Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatories in New Hampshire. She had researched Rusty Blackbirds in the Great North Woods and worked on projects at the refuges ranging from breeding bird surveys to bat surveys to vernal pool surveys. Katrina is an avid birder and is a board member of NorthEast Hawk Watch.
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 the 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 Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, and the Vice President of Operations and Ecological Planning for a progressive timber management company.
Nick Leadley is a professional nature photographer, owner of Touch The Wild Photography and a Maine Recreational Guide. He has recently published Gavia: Tales From Loon Country. The book pairs his photographs of Common Loons with personal experiences from people around the world. Stop by his shop on Main Street!