Wildlife biologist Herb Wilson will lead an online webinar — hosted by Merryspring Nature Center,  Tuesday, Feb. 9 at noon — on how Maine bird populations have changed over the past 200 years.

Dr. Wilson’s talk will include species that are no longer with us, species that have established themselves, and eye-popping rarities. The talk will also assess the population status of more common birds, noting increases and declines. Along the way, Wilson will acknowledge the ornithologists and birders who have contributed to the knowledge of the birds of Maine.

Wilson is the David Arey Emeritus Professor of Biology at Colby College. He grew up in North Carolina and received his Bachelor of Science in zoology from the University of North Carolina. He earned his doctorate in ecology and evolution from Johns Hopkins University. His ecological research has involved a number of groups of organisms, including intertidal invertebrates, dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies and particularly birds. He held post-doctoral fellowships in Florida at the Harbor Branch Foundation and in Nova Scotia  at Dalhousie University, and a research scientist position at the Manomet Bird Observatory in Massachusetts. He then taught for three years at the University of Washington before joining the Biology Department at Colby College in 1990. At Colby, he taught ornithology, marine invertebrate zoology, marine ecology, evolution and diversity, winter ecology and occasional January courses in Costa Rica and the Galápagos Islands. He retired in the spring of 2019.

This talk is part of Merryspring’s Online Winter Talk series. All Online Talks will be held as Zoom webinars. Access to a computer or smart device is required. All guests must request a meeting link by emailing info@merryspring.org to attend. Online talks are open to everybody, free of charge.

Merryspring is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information on this program, contact info@merryspring.org or call 236-2239.