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Here is a nice write up of MYBC in the Bangor Daily News outdoor news blog!
By Lena Moser
With spring unfurling into full bloom, the Maine Young Birders Club is also going through some changes. Lena Moser, who co-founded the club and ran it as a Co-Coordinator for almost two years, is leaving the club due to some big life events. She has a baby boy on the way (any day now!), and this August, she will be moving to Deerfield, Massachusetts, where her husband will be working as a Physics Teacher at Deerfield Academy.
Lena feels extremely grateful that she and Nathan Hall collaborated in building MYBC from the ground up. Starting a new organization with the mission of getting young birders out into the field has been incredibly rewarding work, and Lena is thankful for the many blessings she has experienced along the way through MYBC, including the support of many individuals and organizations, the new friendships, meaningful interactions with parents, and especially the joy of seeing young birders' faces light up as they are having fun birding together. Lena has truly enjoyed creating opportunities for young birders to spend time out-of-doors, where they can learn more about birds, make lasting memories, and forge new connections with peers.
While Lena is sad to be leaving the club, she is also excited about its future. Fortunately, MYBC was able to find the perfect Co-Coordinator to continue MYBC's mission and work. Her name is Marion Sprague, and with her leadership, combined with that of Seth Davis, MYBC will continue to flourish and do great things.
Marion grew up in with the boreal forests of Downeast Maine as her backyard. She moved to Portland in 2001 to finish her BA in English Literature at the University of Southern Maine, and she now lives in Westbrook with her fiancé.
Marion has loved birds as long as she can remember. Her passion for nature was influenced heavily by her grandparents who taught her to appreciate the birds, trees, and wildflowers of Maine. Initially a casual birdwatcher, this changed when Marion bought her home in 2014. Once she began to carefully study the diversity of birds visiting her feeders, a true bird nerd was born! Marion is currently undertaking in-depth natural history training through the renowned Maine Master Naturalist Program.
The mentors in Marion's life have helped deepen her appreciation, knowledge, and love of birds, and she is excited to help ignite this same spark in Maine’s young birders.
MYBC couldn't be more thrilled to have Marion join the club as one of its capable and passionate leaders!
Marion's favorite birds: Baltimore Oriole, Northern Parula, and Great Blue Heron.
By Lena Moser
Maine Audubon featured the Maine Young Birders Club in their Spring 2018 newsletter! Click the fullscreen button in the bottom right hand corner below to read it:
Maine Audubon also created this very nice video about our birdwalk on Gilsland Farm last November. Click on the image below (or this hyperlink) to connect to the video.
HUGE thanks to the Director of Communications, Jeremy Cluchey, and Photographer Ariana van den Akker for authoring, editing, and illustrating the wonderful newsletter article and video. We can't thank you enough!
By Lena Moser
As we prepare to usher in the New Year, the Maine Young Birders Club will be seeing a change in its leadership, as MYBC’s co-founder, Nathan Hall, will be stepping down as the club co-coordinator.
MYBC would like to take a moment to thank Nathan for his dedication, hard work, and steadfast commitment to the club and its mission to get more youth out birding. Nathan contributed greatly towards shaping the club’s vision, our concrete goals, financial plan, and legal details. Without Nathan’s persistence and numerous contributions, this club would unlikely have come into being.
Nathan, thank you for all the hard work you did to co-found this club. From all of us at MYBC: best of wishes to you in your future endeavors!
Stepping in as co-coordinator of MYBC will be Seth Davis, and we are excited to have him join our cause. Seth serves on the Board of Directors at York County Audubon, and many of you have already met Seth when he joined us on our outings to Florida Lake and Mount Agamenticus/Center for Wildlife. A little bit about Seth:
Seth grew up in Oregon spending much of his time outdoors in the woods behind his house. Having always had a curiosity about nature and biology, Seth pursued a career in science, and he is now a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of New England. Seth’s spark for birding came while hiking at a reservoir near his apartment in Colorado and seeing a Mountain Bluebird for the first time. It was at this point that he recognized there was far more to the world of birds than the sparrows and finches that frequented his feeders!
Since moving to Maine in 2015, Seth has been active in the birding community and hopes to share his love of birds and nature with others. MYBC is the perfect opportunity to do so, and Seth is eager to serve as co-coordinator of the club. He is looking forward to sharing his abundant passion for birding with the young members of Maine’s proud birding community.
Seth’s favorite birds: Magnolia Warbler, Wood Duck, Common Loon, Snowy Owl
By Lena Moser
The Maine Young Birders Club now has an official logo! Lena Moser designed the logo, while Nika Samsonenko is the talented digital artist who brought it to life. We are thrilled to have our very own, slick design now.
Thanks to Fyn Kynd for suggesting the Black Guillemot as our mascot. Fyn observantly pointed out that Maine is the Black Guillemot's southernmost breeding range. Approximately 3,000 pairs nest on Maine's coastal islands every year, while 6,500 more pairs nest throughout the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy. The Black Guillemot certainly stands out in its black-and-white simplicity and symbolizes Maine's richness and diversity of seabirds. We are proud to call ourselves The Guillies!