ELLSWORTH — Downeast Audubon will present “Attu: The Holy Grail of North American Birding” presented by Maine Audubon staff naturalist Doug Hitchcox, at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, Moore School Community Center, second floor, 5 General Moore Way.
Attu in the Aleutian Islands, the westernmost point in the United States located 1,500 miles from mainland Alaska, is known worldwide as a birding mecca. It was featured prominently in the hit movie “The Big Year,” and it was the target destination for an intrepid group of five Maine birders in the spring of 2012.
Hitchcox will present a travelogue of photos and stories that document his amazing birding adventure into the Eastern Hemisphere, highlighted by rare species, colonies of more than 2 million birds, Song Sparrows the size of robins, enduring 20-foot seas en route, and a bird that only recently rebounded from the edge of extinction.
Hitchcox, a Maine native, grew up in Hollis and graduated from the University of Maine in 2011. Throughout college Doug worked at Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and was hired as Maine Audubon’s staff naturalist in the summer of 2013. In his free time, he 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.