‘Press Herald’ reports UNE’s Lena Moser helps young Maine birders flock together

Lena Moser works with a student in UNE's Bird Museum Specimen Preparation class last fall. Moser continues to bring the study of
Lena Moser works with a student in UNE's Bird Museum Specimen Preparation class last fall. Moser continues to bring the study of birds to young people by organizing the Maine Young Birders Club.

October 02, 2017

The Portland Press Herald featured an article on October 1 about the creation of the Maine Young Birders Club by Lena Moser, M.A., M.S., math/science academic support specialist at UNE’s Student Academic Success Center, and fellow bird enthusiast Nathan Hall.

The club, founded six months ago by Moser and Hall, joined clubs in 29 other states and five countries that provide an organized outlet for youth interested in studying and watching birds.

Moser, who taught a class at UNE in the fall of 2016 on Bird Museum Specimen Preparation and who hopes to offer it again in the fall of 2018, has had a lifelong passion for learning about birds. She studied at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology before completing graduate work on birds in Costa Rica, Venezuela, Tanzania and Kenya.

According to the article, Moser knew when she moved to Maine to start her job at UNE that she wanted to create a youth birding club. “I feel it’s so important to connect young people to each other in nature,” she said.

The club, which currently has nine members, gets together once a month for day-long birding trips along the Maine coast. Excursion destinations thus far have included Timber Point in Biddeford, Florida Lake in Freeport and a puffin cruise.

Youths between the ages of 11 and 18 who are interested in learning more about the Maine Young Birders Club are encouraged to visit www.maineyoungbirders.org or contact Lena Moser at info@maineyoungbirders.org.

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