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The Patterns of Maine's Migratory Breeding Birds

Lecture Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series

Herb Wilson

Herb Wilson

Over the past 22 years, Herb Wilson has been coordinating a citizen-science project to monitor the spring-time arrival of more than 100 species of migratory breeding birds that nest in Maine. This research has provided insight into the timing of migratory arrivals over different parts of the state. The data are also relevant to monitoring the impacts of global climate change. Using data from the turn of the 20th century, he has examined how arrival dates have changed over the past 100 years. Year-to-year variability in spring-time temperatures and variability in the North Atlantic Oscillation influence the arrival of migratory birds. Some groups of birds are more responsive to this interannual variability. In the lecture, Wilson will summarize the findings of this volunteer-based research project.


​A native North Carolinian, Herb Wilson attended the University of North Carolina for his B.S. and M.S. degrees. He earned his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. He had a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Harbor Branch Foundation, a one-year NATO post-doctoral fellowship at Dalhousie University and a two-year stint as Research Biologist at the Manomet Bird Observatory in southeastern Massachusetts before accepting a faculty position at the University of Washington in 1987. Herb and his wife returned to New England in 1990 when he accepted a faculty position at Colby College. He is now the Arey Professor of Biosciences at Colby. He and his wife live in Waterville.


WCHP Lecture Hall in Parker Pavilion
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103


5 p.m. at the UNE Art Gallery (Portland campus)

The Patterns of Maine's Migratory Breeding Birds event poster
6:00 PM
WCHP Lecture Hall in Parker Pavilion

Portland Campus

Free and open to the public