The Center for Wildlife Studies’ “Wild Maine” series of nature programs continues in April as the Camden Public Library celebrates Maritime Month. Marine birds surrounding a diving whale in this photo. Submitted photo

The Center for Wildlife Studies’ Wild Maine series of nature programs, in partnership with the Camden Public Library, continues in April as the library celebrates Maritime Month.

This month’s online talk, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, will feature Aly McKnight, an associate professor of wildlife and fisheries management in the Hybrid Learning Program at Unity College.

McKnight’s presentation will explore how the study of seabirds can shed light on events occurring beneath the opaque sea surface. As highly visible top predators in otherwise hard-to-observe marine ecosystems, seabirds have great potential to serve as “ecosystem indicators” for the world’s oceans, according to a news release from the library.

McKnight will discuss how marine bird research is conducted, and what birds have told so far about the state of global oceans and their resources.

Presenter Aly McKnight of Unity College. Submitted photo

McKnight is a resident of Winterport. Before teaching at Unity College, she worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for more than a decade on a number of marine bird research and monitoring projects in Prince William Sound, Alaska. She also worked on the multi-agency Gulf of Maine Coastal Ecosystem Survey from 2013 to 2015. Her primary research interest is population dynamics of birds in marine systems.

The Center for Wildlife Studies is a Maine-based nonprofit organization providing accessible environmental education worldwide and promoting wildlife conservation through science. Learn more at

Visit to register and receive a Zoom link to attend.

For more information, call Julia Pierce at 207-236-3440.