Maina Handmaker

Program Associate, Shorebird Recovery

Maina found Manomet via the Banding Lab, and first joined the team as a staff bander and teacher in the spring of 2017.


In October 2017, Maina officially joined the Manomet staff as a Program Associate in the Landbird Conservation and Shorebird Recovery Programs. For Landbirds, Maina works on outreach and education projects that focus on using bird observatories as catalysts for conservation. For SRP, Maina leads communications for the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) and assists Brad Winn and Monica Iglecia with the Habitats for Shorebirds project.


Before coming to Manomet, Maina spent six years on the team at Six River Farm, a diversified organic vegetable farm on the shores of Merrymeeting Bay in Bowdoinham, Maine. While farming at Six River, she also founded and directed The Brunswick FoodShed, a non-profit working with farmers, the local land trust, and a wide range of stakeholders to revitalize Brunswick’s last historic freight sheds into a permanent home for the farmers’ market.


Maina has also banded birds in Monteverde, Costa Rica and at the Thunder Cape Bird Observatory in Ontario, Canada. She has a degree in Environmental Studies and Visual Arts from Bowdoin College, which brought her to Maine in the first place. When she’s not birding or working, you can often find her powering her 105-year-old letterpress by foot pedal, in the small print shop she co-runs in the woods along Middle Bay in Brunswick.