Instructors and Guest Speakers
Seth has amassed nearly 30 years of experience in conservation science and environmental education leadership. He has guided Road Scholar birding trips in Maine, directed Hog Island Audubon Camp (1999-2008), worked as an island supervisor for Project Puffin, served as Education Director of the Audubon Expedition Institute and as Assistant Curator of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania. He is now the director of the Schoodic Bird Ecology Lab, a collaborative field station focused on bird migration, phenology studies, and public participation in scientific research at Acadia National Park. His hands-on work includes raptor and songbird migration research, hawk watching, tern restoration efforts, bird flight altitude and wind energy studies, telemetry of wintering bald eagles, catching migratory peregrine falcons at Assateague Island National Seashore, next box monitoring projects with American kestrel, eastern screech owl, and eastern bluebird, and, ecotourism scouting trips to Peru and Mexico. Seth has held appointments as a board member of the Mid-coast Maine Audubon Chapter, and is currently the Christmas Bird Count Compiler for North Penobscot Bay (Maine).
Mike Burger is the Director of Conservation & Science for Audubon's New York State program and helps coordinate Audubon’s Atlantic Flyway to increase collaboration and conservation success across the Audubon network in eastern states and into Central and South America. He earned a doctoral degree in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan and has co-authored several publications on wildlife management and conservation, including
Important Bird Areas of New York
and a landowners’ guide to forest management. Mike’s department administers several of Audubon’s conservation program, including the Important Bird Areas, forest stewardship, Long Island Bird Conservation, grassland, and private lands programs. Currently he is studying migrating birds that pass through the Great Lakes Basin.
Greg Butcher is Director of Bird Conservation for the National Audubon Society. He works on projects including the State of the Birds reports, the WatchList of birds of conservation need, endangered bird species, effects of global warming on North American bird populations, BirdLife International, the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, Partners in Flight, and policy issues related to migratory birds. Also, he is pursuing a DC-based project highlighting the Wood Thrush, which is the state bird for the District of Columbia. Greg has a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Washington and has previously served as Director of Bird Population Studies at Cornell University’s Laboratory of Ornithology. He is a Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU) and a Togther Green Fellow. All things considered, he’d rather be birding.
John Cecil is Director of the Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program for the National Audubon Society, where his responsibilities include working with Audubon staff and partners to identify and conserve the most important places for birds throughout the U.S. In addition John is the current Chair of the U.S. Shorebird Council and is Audubon’s representative on the U.S. National Ramsar Committee. John received an M.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a B.S. in Wildlife Management from Frostburg State University in western Maryland. Through his professional and academic experiences John has been involved in conservation activities benefiting a wide variety of wildlife including: freshwater mussels, American Alligators, Bog Turtles, Southern Appalachian and Allegheny Woodrats, Northern Flying Squirrels, Wood Ducks, Mottled Ducks, Peregrine Falcons, songbirds, Piping Plovers, Wilson's Plovers, and numerous colonial waterbirds. John’s conservation and birding interests have lead him to travel extensively throughout the U.S. and the Americas.
Lynne Cherry is an author, illustrator, filmmaker and environmental lecturer. She has written and illustrated over thirty award-winning books for children inspired by her own deep reverence for the natural world. Her best-selling books,
The Greak Kapok Tree and
A River Ran Wild,
teach children a respect for the earth, and have sold over a million copies that have been translated into many languages. Lynne is also the producer and director of seven short movies, including
Young Voices on Climate Change,
which tells the stories of young people who have reduced the carbon footprint of their homes, schools, communities and states. Lynne’s movies have been screened at museums and conferences including The American Museum of Natural History, the Environmental Conference of the American Bar Association, and The Association of Science and Technology Museums. Lynne earned an art degree at Tyler School of Art and an MS in History at Yale University. She was a recipient of the Metcalf Fellowship and has received science writing fellowships from the Marine Biological Lab and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
How We Know What We Know about Our Changing Climate, co-authored with photojournalist Gary Braasch, won the AAAS/ Subaru Award. Lynne lectures widely—and passionately--about how children can make a difference.
Les is the VP of Program Development
Conservation Division of National Audubon and has been a conservation executive for over 30 years. Prior to his leadership position with Audubon, Les served as a Vice President of The Nature Conservancy for 15 years, directing state programs in Connecticut and Arizona. Les has led many Audubon and Conservancy expeditions outside the U.S. to generate support for conservation programs in Central and South America.
He currently serves on the Board of the Arizona Open Land and Water Trust and the Pima County Conservation Acquisition Commission. Les has been the recipient of numerous awards and special recognition for his achievements in conservation including: Audubon's Ace Award, The Nature Conservancy's One Conservancy Award and the New England Environmental Leadership Award and Audubon's 2011 Callison Award.
A professional biologist, Les earned his master's degree in Forest Science from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Pete Dunne is Director of the Cape May Bird Observatory, Vice President of the
New Jersey Audubon Society Natural History Information and founder of the World Series of Birding. Pete is a well known author and co-author of numerous books about birds and birding including
Hawks in Flight ,
Pete Dunne on Birding ,
Pete Dunne’s Essential Field Guide Companion and
The Art of Pishing . He is a regular columnist in a number of birding publications such as
Birder’s World and
. Best known for his skills as a hawk watcher, he is equally fascinated by shorebirds and songbirds. Pete has been leading workshops and tours for nearly 30 years and he delights in sharing with others his knowledge and passion for birds.
Rich is a retired college biology professor with a 30-year academic career at Westbrook College (Portland, ME) and the University of New England (Biddeford, ME).
Rich earned his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Maine, and for over 40 years his research has focused on the biodiversity and taxonomy of Antarctic fishes. He has described over a dozen new species of these fishes and continues to participate in international research trips to collect fishes and invertebrates from sub-Antarctic habitats. Rich led field trips for the Maine Audubon Society for many years and taught bird courses for Elderhostel, College of the Atlantic, Institute for Field Ornithology, and at the Audubon Camp on Hog Island. In retirement, Rich enjoys travelling the world in pursuit of birds and living on an 80-acre wildlife sanctuary in northwestern Pennsylvania, where he monitors the birdlife and continues his lifelong passions of natural history art and photography.
Susan is the Director of Conservation and Science for New York City Audubon (NYCA), where her work is focused on urban ecology - conservation of waterbirds and migratory landbirds in New York City. Current species-based projects include a long-term study of colonial waterbirds in the New York Harbor; monitoring migratory and beach-nesting shorebirds in Jamaica Bay; conducting salt marsh bird surveys; and monitoring and researching landbird migration through New York City. She is a past member of the Waterbird Council and co-authored the Harbor Herons Conservation Plan for agencies in the New York Harbor. Susan earned her MS degree in Ecology (Pennsylvania State University) and her PhD in Ecology and Evolution (Rutgers University) and is an adjunct professor at Columbia University. She is chair of the Ornithological Council and an elected member of the AOU.
Lang Elliott’s numerous audio compact discs and books featuring the sounds of nature have been purchased and enjoyed by at least a quarter million people. Lang authored, mastered, and provided most of the field recordings for the well-known
Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs, Eastern Region and provided field recordings and photographs for books accompanied by audio compact dics, including
Common Birds and Their Songs,
Music of the Birds: A Celebration of Bird Song,
The Songs of Wild Birds,
The Songs of Insects and, most recently,
The Frogs and Toads of North America. In addition to his own productions, Lang recently organized a world-class collection of bird song and call recordings made by himself and several partner-recordists. These recordings are featured on his new
iPhone application, the
Sibley Guide to Birds
iPhone app, the AudubonGuides.com website and iPhone app, and in the new
Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds. Lang is also the inventor of
SongFinder, a listening device aimed at bird enthusiasts who are unable to hear high-pitched bird songs (it works by lowering the frequency of high-pitched songs into a range where the user has normal or near-normal hearing). Over the last two years, Lang has jumped headlong into digital cinematography. A wealth of his high definition footage of singing birds, frogs and insects is featured on his web site musicofnature.org
Jennifer Fee is the Manager of K-12 Programs at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology where she has worked since 2004. Her primary responsibility is leading the BirdSleuth program, a suite of curricula that brings the Lab’s citizen science programs to young people. While BirdSleuth was conceived as a curriculum for middle school classrooms, it has recently expanded into homeschools, camps, after-school programs, and is now being translated for use in Latin America. In addition, she shares the BirdSleuth curriculum and citizen science with teachers through online and in-person professional development workshops. Prior to joining the Lab, Jennifer worked at the Missouri Botanical Garden administering the “Partners for Growing Discovery Units” curriculum. She graduated from the Biology programs at Truman State University and Illinois State University in the Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics program. Jennifer enjoys the outdoors, especially camping, biking and hiking, and is always ready to travel and discover a new place!
Michelle is a conservation biologist and Deputy Director of Development with Audubon Connecticut. She is coordinating the Urban Oases for Migrating Songbirds program in CT, and facilitating the implementation of the program in a number of other states along the Atlantic migratory flyway. She is currently also serving as the project team leader for the Atlantic Flyway Initiative’s Bird Friendly Communities program. Michelle previously worked with Audubon of Florida, where she originally piloted the Urban Oases program through a TogetherGreen fellowship. Prior to her work with Audubon, she was Education Director for Earthspan, a nonprofit that develops and applies advanced technologies for wildlife conservation. Michelle received her Ph.D. in behavioral ecology from Boston University, focusing on forest fragmentation effects on migratory songbirds.
Ted Gilman is a naturalist and environmental educator at Audubon Greenwich, where he has inspired a love of nature in generations of children and helped train educators from across the country. Ted received his bachelors degree in Biology from Earlham College and did graduate work in Science and Environmental Education at Cornell University. He has led Audubon trips to Trinidad & Tobago and Kenya, as well as served as an education volunteer for the International Crane Foundation in northern China. Ted began teaching on Hog Island in 1974 and has returned over the past four decades to serve as an instructor for ornithology and family camp programs.
Tom Johnson is a recent graduate of Cornell University who spends
almost all of his time pursuing birds, occasionally forgoing food and
sleep. Birding from a young age, Tom has participated in programs at
Hog Island as both a student and an instructor. Since graduating
college, he has been exploring various methods of tricking others into
paying for his birding adventures. Recently, Tom has enjoyed
surveying birds on National Park Service lands in Arizona, counting
seabirds and mammals for NOAA in the Gulf Stream, and
monitoring fall songbird migration at Cape May, NJ. In addition to serving
on two state bird records committees, Tom writes for several birding
and ornithological publications. He loves to learn something new
whenever he steps outside, and is particularly thrilled to return to
Maine and Hog Island.
Kenn Kaufman is the originator of the
Kaufman Field Guide
series and author of
Lives of North American Birds,
Kingbird Highway, and
Flights Against the Sunset, among other books. Long recognized as an expert on bird identification, Kenn has been teaching popular workshops on birding since 1980 and has written hundreds of ID articles for
and other publications. A field editor for Audubon and a contributor to every major birding magazine, he has also led nature tours on all seven continents. He and his wife Kimberly make their home in northwestern Ohio.
Kim Kaufman is Executive Director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, a non-profit organization
dedicated to promoting sound stewardship of avian resources in the Lake Erie Marsh Region of northwest Ohio.
In 2006 she started the Ohio Young Birders’ Club, a group for teens that has drawn national attention and inspired similar clubs in other states. She and her husband, Kenn Kaufman, travel and teach extensively and write a popular blog
about their birding adventures
John is a Professor of Biology at Wheaton College,
Norton, Massachusetts. A graduate of Temple (B.A.) and Rutgers
John has conducted Earthwatch-sponsored research on migrant
birds on their wintering grounds in Belize and is the author of
over 100 papers and articles in scientific journals, magazines,
and newspapers. His recent book, The Balance of Nature:
Ecology's Enduring Myth, was published by Princeton University
Press in spring of 2009. He has also authored Galapagos: A Natural
History, three Peterson field
guides (Eastern Forests, Pacific Northwest,and Rocky Mountain & Southwestern Forests) and the very popular, A Neotropical Companion. The recently comleted textbook, Tropical Ecology,
was published by Princeton University Press in 2011.
John is a Fellow in the American Ornithologists Union and has served
as president of the Association of Field Ornithologists, president
of the Wilson Ornithological Society, and president of the Nuttall
Ornithological Club, and
is currently on the Council of the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
John has led trips throughout the western hemisphere.
He and his wife Martha Vaughan divide their time between
Pocasset, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod and Sunbury, Georgia.
Stephen Kress is Director of the Seabird Restoration Program and Vice President for Bird Conservation of the National Audubon Society. He received his B.S. in Zoology, M.S. in Wildlife Management from Ohio State University and his Ph.D. in Environmental Education from Cornell University. Steve began Project Puffin in 1973 and has remained its director since the beginning. Steve is also the manager of National Audubon's Maine Coastal Island Sanctuaries. He was an Ornithology Instructor at the Audubon Camp in Maine on Hog Island from 1969 through 1981, and Director of the camp from 1982 through 1986. Steve is also author of many popular books on birding and backyard conservation, including The Audubon Society’s
Guide to Attracting Birds: Creating Natural Habitats for Properties Large and Small,
Audubon Pocket Backyard Birdwatch
Donald Kroodsma is professor emeritus from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has studied birdsong for more than 40 years. First loves are wrens and thrushes, songbirds and flycatchers, and any bird that has a peep to offer the world. In 2003, he was awarded the Elliott Coues Award from the American Ornithologists' Union, which acknowledged him as the “reigning authority on avian vocal behavior.” Having left academics, Kroodsma now spends full time recording, writing, and sharing his passion for birdsong with others. Recent books include The Singing Life of Birds (winner of John Burroughs Medal), Birdsong by the Seasons, and the Backyard Birdsong Guides.
Chris Lewey is Executive Director and Founder of RAVEN Interpretive
Programs, a provider of international tours and programs focusing on wildlife and ecology. He leads natural history tours for the Maine Audubon Society, Smithsonian Study Tours and the National Wildlife Federation. Chris is also a naturalist for the Appalachian Mountain Club. A native New Englander and licensed Maine Guide, Chris is very much at home on the coast or in the mountains where his fascination with wildlife is always enthusiastically shared. Chris holds a masters degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch University and has taught biology, ecology and ornithology in both New Hampshire and Maine. As a nature photographer and master bird-bander, he continues wildlife research in his region.
Connie Mahan has actively worked with national grassroots, Audubon chapters and a number of smaller conservation organizations since 1981. As Grassroots Outreach Director for the National Audubon Society, she works to engage activists and Audubon's 480 chapters and coalition partners in national conservation campaigns focused on advocacy training, policy education and engagement..
Recent campaigns Connie has worked with include climate change, migratory bird conservation, and the Mississippi River Initiative.
Laura oversees the grassroots efforts of the conservation and policy programs of Audubon New York. She is a Central New York native who graduated from St. Lawrence University. Laura has worked with the New York advocacy organization, the Citizens Environmental Coalition (CEC), where she focused on pollution prevention and residential green building, and authored a book entitled, The World at Home: A Household Guide to Building Green. Laura lives in Albany where she enjoys shopping at farmers’ markets, designing and creating jewelry, watercolors, ultimate frisbee, skiing and hiking. She aspires to one day be a 46er.
Kevin is the instructor for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Home Study Course in Bird Biology and a new online short-course, “Courtship and Rivalry in Birds.” Kevin received a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of South Florida for work on the behavior of Florida Scrub-Jays. He was the co-editor and primary author for the recently-published book,
The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State. He also helped create the Lab of Ornithology's award-winning All About Birds website and wrote the original Bird Guide section. He has been studying the Ithaca population of crows since 1988, and has followed the life stories of over 2,000 banded birds. An avid birder, as well as a professional ornithologist, Kevin enjoys all aspects of birds (especially crows), from behavior to physiology, and from ecology to evolution. He is interested in spreading the appreciation of birds to all possible audiences, through all possible avenues.
Steve Morello is the Director of Mondo Verde Expeditions, a wildlife tour company that specializes in wildlife expeditions and endeavors to make a positive difference in the places where they travel. His enthusiasm for sustainable tourism is matched only by his passion for conservation of wildlife through photography. Well known as a professional wildlife photographer, Steve’s work has appeared in National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Books, National Geographic World Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, International Wildlife, The New York Times, Martha Stuart’s Living, Popular Photography, and Outdoor Photographer as well as numerous other magazines, books and calendars. Steve is a major contributor to the photo collection of the World Wildlife Fund and to-date has contributed more images to their photo library than any other photographer. Steve is the author of the acclaimed book, The Traveling Nature Photographer.
Sara R. Morris is a professor of Biology and the Director of the Environmental Science Program at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. She earned her MS and PhD in zoology at Cornell University. Her research focus is bird migration, specifically in how birds use sites in-between where they breed and winter to successfully complete their migrations. At Canisius, Morris teaches classes in ornithology, vertebrate zoology, ecology and evolution. She regularly takes her undergraduate research students to ornithological conferences to present their research projects and class students on extended field trips to areas like Fort Myers, FL, and the Galapagos Islands to study wildlife. Morris is a Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU), the Secretary of the AOU, a council member of the Wilson Ornithological Society, and a research associate at the Buffalo Museum of Science.
Craig Newberger has served as the Lower School Science Coordinator at Germantown Academy for over 25 years. During the summers he directs their Wildlife Discovery Camp, which he started in 2003. Craig has also designed and directed Germantown Academy's Summer Science Institute for Girls. He is a recipient of the "Exemplary Teacher of Elementary Science Award" from the Montgomery County Science Teachers Association. Craig directed the Audubon Youth Ecology Camp on Hog Island for seventeen summers and co-directed Audubon's Family Camp on Hog Island for four summers. Craig has worked as a naturalist at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and he served as director for the National Environmental Education Development (N.E.E.D) residential program at the Cape Cod National Seashore. Craig is the author of over a hundred nature columns, which have appeared in many newspapers and magazine. He is also a contributor to the book, A Guide to Nature on Cape Cod and the Islands. Craig's expertise on the hammered dulcimer, banjo, and guitar has played an important role in engaging his students.
Wayne is a Massachusetts native and director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Area (IBA) Program for the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Throughout his illustrious career, Wayne has lectured extensively, conducted birding workshops across North America, and led tours for Mass Audubon and Field Guides, Inc. that have taken him from arctic Canada to South America, Iceland, Svalbard, Africa, Madagascar, Antarctica, Australia, and New Zealand. A founding member of the Massachusetts Avian Records Committee (MARC), Wayne is also a New England Regional Editor for North American Birds magazine and editor for the New England Christmas Bird Counts. In addition to writing a bird identification column for thirty-five years for Bird Observer magazine, his writing projects have included writing or co-authoring the National Audubon Society Pocket Guide to Songbirds and Familiar Backyard Birds (East), Birds of Massachusetts, Birds of New England, and the Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas. He also contributed accounts to The Audubon Society Master Guide to Birding, The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior, and Arctic Wings. Wayne is currently a member of the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program Advisory Committee, and in 2005 he received the American Birding Association's Ludlow Griscom Award for outstanding contributions in regional ornithology. Wayne is especially interested in seabirds and shorebirds and he derives great satisfaction from sharing his knowledge of the natural world with others.
Trudy Phillips is the Director for Environmental Education at the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy. Holding an M.S. in Environmental Education, Trudy has been an elementary school teacher, an Expedition Guide for the National Audubon Society’s (NAS) Expedition Institute, Assistant Director for the NAS Youth Ecology Camp and Family Camp in Maine, and the Assistant Director for Education at the Schuylkill Environmental Education Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Awards for teaching excellence include the Early Childhood Professional Award from Scholastic, Inc., the Outstanding Environmental Educator from the Pennsylvania Alliance for Environmental Education, and
the Dr. Ruth Patrick Award from the Water Resources Association (WRA) of the Delaware River Basin for outstanding early childhood, youth and adult environmental education programs.
Richard is a marine ornithologist and certified Senior Ecologist with a twenty year track record in helping “big box” developers, oil and gas, electric and renewable (especially wind), energy companies to reduce potentially adverse environmental impacts from a wide range of projects and achieve regulatory compliance. Podolsky’s formal training is in ornithology and he has been studying the ecology of inshore and pelagic seabirds for twenty-nine years. As consulting ornithologist to the National Audubon Society Podolsky helped to restore populations of Atlantic Puffins, Common, Arctic, and Roseate Terns, and Leach’s Storm-petrels to North Atlantic islands. Podolsky has also managed numerous endangered seabird projects in the Galápagos and Hawaiian Islands, working for many years with the highly endangered Galápagos and Hawaiian Petrel, and the rare Newells Shearwater.
Podolsky is currently advising the developers of the Freedom Tower, the successor building(
to the World Trade Center Twin Towers, how to minimize the risk of birds colliding with the buildings and with the wind turbines planned for the upper floors.
Podolsky received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in Biological Conservation, a Master of Science degree in Ecology from Rutgers University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Ecology, Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Walt has been an environmental advocate and volunteer leader trainer for more than four decades in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic states. He was the Mid-Atlantic Regional Vice President for National Audubon for 17 years and Chapter Services Director during part of that time. He was on the organizing and planning team for 8 Audubon National Conventions and he and his regional staff organized 9 regional conferences and leadership training sessions. During countless state Audubon Council meetings, Walt organized and participated in a wide diversity of leadership training workshops. In 1995 he and his Mid-Atlantic staff and chapter volunteers organized the first and pilot state Important Bird Areas program in the country. Walt has led a dozen Audubon Nature Odyssey trips around the world and traveled in all fifty states, Canada and to over 30 countries. Now retired, Walt is on the Audubon-Pennsylvania Board, the Friends of Hog Island (FOHI) Advisory Board and the Listening Point Foundation Advisory Board. He and his wife were Hog Island campers in 1981.
As the Director of Online Outreach for
Audubon's public policy program
, Liz manages the online advocacy system that enables Audubon supporters to send messages directly to decision makers. In her work with the policy program, she has gained valuable insight to the most effective ways that citizens can influence policy at all levels of government. She has been with Audubon for over ten years in a variety of positions, from office manager for Audubon Ohio to naturalist at the Greenwich Audubon Center.
Joshua Potter is the Marketing Coordinator and a naturalist at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center in Central PA. He received his BA degree from Penn State in Integrative Arts, blending multimedia and environmental education. He has recently moved back to Pennsylvania with his wife Sarah, son Ellory, and daughter Lucy. Previously Joshua worked as a naturalist and Outreach Coordinator for Tin Mountain Conservation Center in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Joshua spent his summers at Tin Mountain as director of their backpacking and canoeing camps for teens, where he strived to inject natural history into each day on the trail or water.
Heather is an educator and naturalist for Naturebridge Golden Gate in the Marin Headlands. As a native Mainer, she has always had a strong connection to the outdoors, and as a Student Assistant on Hog Island in 2003 she developed a passion for sharing her connection to the outdoors with others. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Clark University and served as an education intern for Project Puffin in 2005. Her experience as an educator includes backpacking with students in West Virginia, snorkeling with school groups on Catalina Island in California, and leading public trips out to the Farallon Islands in search of whales and seabirds. By far, she feels most at home living by the tides on islands such as Hog Island where she has specialized in teaching marine science since her time as a Student Assistant. She feels fortunate to have made her passion her career, and is also an avid biker, explorer, artist and musician.
Anne is the Coordinator for Youth Education and Outreach for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She has designed and led numerous children's classes and activities, and works with a variety of formal and informal educators to deliver environmental education programming. In particular, Anne is interested in activities that combine art and nature to foster inquiry-based learning.
Anne earned a BS in animal ecology from University of California, Berkeley and a MS in plant community ecology from Tulane University. She has been a member of the Education Department at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for 16 years, during which she helped to develop several educational web sites and curricula.
Pete Salmansohn received his M.S. in Teaching from the Environmental Studies Department at Antioch/New England and his M.S. in Social Ecology from Goddard College. He has been an instructor at Hog Island during adult, family, and youth camps since 1980, and is the Program Director for this year’s Sharing Nature program for educators. Pete is the Education Coordinator for the Seabird Restoration Program and created our school outreach program in Maine about seabird conservation, which is now in its 14th year. Pete coordinates the Audubon seabird tours aboard commercial boats each summer. He co-authored, with Steve Kress,
Project Puffin: How We Brought the Puffins Back to Eastern Egg Rock, Giving Back To The Earth and
Saving Birds: Heroes Around the World.
"Seabird Sue" Schubel is Project Puffin's own
, and has been the Outreach Educator for Project Puffin since 2000. She loves to engage her students in exciting learning activities and share real data from the seabird islands with them. Her acquaintance with Project Puffin began in high school, when she saw Marlin Perkins rowing ashore with Steve on Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom episode Return of the Puffin. She started working with Project Puffin as a volunteer on Matinicus Rock in 1984, and since then has spent many summers on islands in Maine,California and the Galapagos. Sue loves islands and beasts, and recently acquired a dog with very familiar little black triangles over its eyes.
Jim Shallow is Audubon Vermont’s Director of Conservation and Policy and is the leader of the Atlantic Flyway Initiative’s Forest Working Group. He has over twenty years of experience in forest and wildlife conservation work. He came to Audubon in 1997 to establish the Vermont state program and in 2007 he shifted roles to establish Audubon Vermont’s Forest Bird Initiative which is working directly with private forest landowners to conserve neo-tropical migratory bird breeding habitat. Jim lives in Richmond Vermont with his spouse and two children. He enjoys birding, hiking, cross-country skiing and regularly leads forest bird walks and programs across the region.
Jerry is a professor of biology at Keystone College, an educator for the Keystone College Environmental Education Institute, and the resident naturalist and volunteer steward at the Nature Conservancy’s Woodbourne Forest and Wildlife Sanctuary in Susquehanna County, PA. Jerry began as an instructor at Hog Island in 1981 and finds every excuse he can to get back. He spent several years with Project Puffin working in the Galapagos and closer to home on Stratton Island, Maine. At home in Pennsylvania, he was a regional coordinator and species account author for the 2nd Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas.
Curtis Smalling began keeping bird lists in elementary school. In high school, he was an active member of the Grandfather Mountain Audubon Society. He’s been going gangbusters ever since. Good thing, because for the last three seasons, Curtis has used his birding skills to survey Golden-winged Warblers (a WatchList species) in the NC mountains for Audubon as part of Cornell’s Golden-winged Warbler Atlas Project.. As Audubon NC’s Mountain Region Biologist, Curtis conducts extensive breeding bird surveys on sites that have been nominated for IBA status but lack sufficient data.
He leads the mountain component of the NC IBA program and the Adopt-an-IBA program. He works with all nine Audubon Chapters in the critical work of monitoring their adopted IBA
Ron is an environmental science educator from Merchantville, NJ where he teaches K-12 environmental science in the Haddonfield School District.. His programs and classes emphasize citizen science, field studies and ecological restoration. In the summer Ron leads the Life Science Field Training Institute for Pinelands Preservation Alliance – a program that offers teacher training and experience with field study techniques in the NJ Pine Barrens and regional coastal ecosystems. Ron has collaborated on science education projects with the Academy of Natural Sciences, Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Camden County Parks, Drexel University and Stockton College. Ron enjoys Irish fiddle, hiking, birding and exploring the natural world with his wife Lisa, children Lily and Gabriel and dog Linus.
Heather is the Vice President and Executive Director of Audubon North Carolina. Heather has been the Director of National Audubon Society’s Grange Insurance Audubon Center in Columbus, Ohio, since 2004. Heather played a prominent role in the community of Columbus, Ohio, serving on Mayor Coleman’s Green Team and Young Professionals Commission. She recently completed a fellowship for Emerging Women Leaders of Columbus and has served on a variety of task forces and host committees. Heather began her career with National Audubon Society in 2000 when she managed the Everglades Education Center for Audubon of Florida. She received her Bachelors Degree from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.
Iain Stenhouse is the Director of the Marine Bird Program for the BioDiversity Research Institute, based in Gorham, Maine, a non-profit organization working internationally to advance the conservation of wildlife. After receiving his Ph.D. in Cognitive & Behavioral Ecology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Iain worked for the National Audubon Society. As the Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Alaska, he completed the first state-wide assessment of significant sites for bird conservation, and produced the second edition of the
. As Senior Scientist for the Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program, Iain developed Audubon’s approach to monitoring and assessment of IBAs. He has authored or co-authored many scientific papers, technical reports, book chapters, and popular articles on marine bird ecology and conservation. Recently, Iain’s work has focused largely on the migration and movements of marine birds at sea, using satellite transmitters and other tracking technologies, such as geo-locators. In collaboration with a Danish colleague, he tracked Arctic Terns from their breeding grounds in
ortheast Greenland to their wintering areas in Antarctica and back again – the longest animal migration ever recorded.
Jacqui has worked for National Audubon out the Florida State office for the past six years. Originally hired as the Chapter Coordinator for Florida, in 2010 she was promoted to Chapter Conservation Manager In this capacity, she supports and coordinates the 44 Audubon Chapters from the Panhandle to Key West, Florida. At the same time, Jacqui has, for the past five years, served as President of Four Rivers Audubon, a local Chapter serving seven rural counties in North Central Florida. jacqui plays a key role in planning the annual Audubon Academy (a chapter driven event), the Audubon Assembly (the annual conservation planning event) and the Alligator Lake Spring Festival (a local community festival). She is also an avid birder and gardener for wildlife.
Clay Sutton is a life-long resident of Cape May, where he has worked as an environmental planner, environmental program administrator, vice-president of an environmental consulting firm specializing in threatened and endangered species, and as a self-employed environmental consultant, naturalist and field biologist. Clay is a writer, lecturer, and was a long-time instructor for the American Birding Association's Institute for Field Ornithology. Clay is a co-author, with Pete Dunne and David Sibley, of the classic Hawks in Flight, and Clay and his wife Pat have co-authored How to Spot Butterflies, How to Spot Hawks & Eagles, and How to Spot an Owl, all published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Their latest book, Birds and Birding at Cape May, is the in-depth result of their efforts over many years documenting and protecting the migration and the Cape May area that they so love. This landmark book is a complete guide to birds and birding for the Cape May region, covering what to see, when, where, and how to go, as well as the storied ornithological history of the Cape. For more information go to Pat and Clay's website: www.patandclaysutton.com
Pat Sutton has studied the natural world for over 30 years, first as the naturalist at the Cape May Point State Park in the 1970s and 1980s and then for 21 years as the naturalist and program director at New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory (1986 to 2007). She and her husband (Clay Sutton) wrote the landmark book, Birds and Birding at Cape May, the in-depth result of their efforts over many years documenting and protecting the migration and the Cape May area that they so love. Other books by Pat and Clay include How to Spot Butterflies, How to Spot Hawks & Eagles, and How to Spot an Owl. Today Pat is a free-lance writer, photographer, naturalist, educator, lecturer, tour leader, and wildlife garden consultant. Sutton's own wildlife garden is a "teaching garden" featured in programs and workshops she teaches and is included on many tours, including tours of private wildlife gardens that she has led for twenty-one years. For more information go to Pat and Clay's website: www.patandclaysutton.com.
Bill Thompson III
Bill is the editor/co-publisher of Bird Watcher's Digest, America's longest-running magazine for birders. He's the author of numerous books on birds, including Bird Watching For Dummies, Identify Yourself: The 50 Most Common Bird Identification Challenges, Identifying & Feeding Birds, and the forthcoming Young Birder's Guide to Birds of North America. He writes a weekly blog, Bill of the Birds and hosts a podcast called This Birding Life. Bill regularly speaks, guides, and performs at birding festivals across North America and consults internationally on ecotourism marketing. He has watched birds in 47 US states and in 28 countries. In his spare time he's the leader of the country-rock band The Rain Crows.
Peter Vickery is President of the Center for Ecological Research, a non-profit company focused on conservation research. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Peter’s research interests include habitat selection and breeding ecology of grassland birds, conservation planning on landscape and regional scales, and international conservation. He has a special interest in developing conservation strategies for species and ecosystems before they become endangered. He is writing a book on Maine Birds with Bill Sheehan and is collaborating on grassland bird research in Argentina. Recent projects have included regional grassland bird conservation strategies in New England and the reproductive biology of the Northern Blazing Star, a rare grassland forb. Peter is co-author of
A Birder’s Guide to Maine
with Elizabeth Pierson and Jan Pierson. He has also consulted on wind power and hydro-kinetics projects in Maine. He loves being outdoors in Maine.
Author and naturalist Scott Weidensaul has written more than two dozen books on natural history, including
Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds
(a Pulitzer Prize finalist),
The Ghost with Trembling Wings
Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding. His next book, The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery, and Endurance in Early America, is due out in the spring of 2012. Scott’s writing has appeared in publications including
New York Times
National Wildlife and
. He lectures widely on wildlife and environmental topics and is an active field researcher, specializing in birds of prey and hummingbirds. Scott lives in the Appalachians of eastern Pennsylvania.
Jeff Wells is the Senior Scientist for the International Boreal Conservation Campaign and the Boreal Songbird Initiative, organizations working internationally for the conservation of North America's Boreal forest. After receiving his Ph.D. and Master's degrees in ecology from Cornell University, Jeff worked for the National Audubon Society as the New York State and later National Bird Conservation Director. During his tenure with Audubon, Jeff was located at Cornell University, where he continues as a Visiting Fellow of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He has authored or co-authored many scientific papers, reports, books, and popular articles on ecology and conservation topics including the book, Birder’s Conservation Handbook: 100 North American Birds at Risk. Jeff’s work now focuses on conservation of the largest remaining wilderness area in North America, Canada’s boreal forest, through advocating for establishment of large, multi-million acre protected areas.
Doug Wentzel is a program director, instructor and naturalist at Shaver¹s Creek Environmental Center in central PA. For nearly 20 years he has directed educational internships, summer camps and birding programs. As a Penn State instructor, Doug teaches natural history interpretation and is a certified trainer through the National Association for Interpretation. Since 2005, Doug has co-led with Laurie McLaughlin the Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens week. He has a BS degree in Wildlife Biology from Penn State, and has served four years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He and his wife Susan are raising their two sons, Dylan and Duncan, in Ennisville, PA. Doug¹s ongoing passion is to foster the awareness of the diversity of life in our own backyards.
Sherrie York is an accomplished artist with an international reputation for lyrical and expressive works on paper. Her fine art exhibitions primarily feature relief linocuts and she is currently expanding to include artist books based on her long practice of keeping illustrated journals and field sketchbooks. For the past ten years Sherrie has been the lead illustrator for Audubon Adventures, as well as writer and designer of the program’s Natural Journaling for Everyone packet. She provides illustrations and teaches workshops for a wide variety of conservation organizations and has been an invited artist on international expeditions of the Artists for Nature Foundation. Her original relief prints, watercolor paintings, and more can be seen on her
Julie Zickefoose started off as an illustrator of natural history subjects as a college freshman in 1976. A six-year stint as a field biologist with The Nature Conservancy's Connecticut Chapter proved a strong motivator both to learn more about ecosystems and to go back to drawing. Along the way, she began to write her own essays, studded with observations of birds and animals, and writing slowly crept into the forefront of her interests. Bird Watcher’s Digest has been the major print venue for her writing since 1986, and she’s painted 21 covers for the magazine. In 2006 her first book of illustrated essays, Letters from Eden was published. She contributed natural history commentaries to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered from 2005-2010. Julie Zickefoose on Blogspot entertains around 19,000 visits per month. Her new book, The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds With Common Birds, will be published in early spring 2012. Julie and her family (Bill Thompson III, Phoebe, Liam and Boston terrier Chet Baker) live in a ranch house topped by a 42 foot tall birdwatching tower. She and Bill perform in a band called The Rain Crows. With a dozen species of breeding warblers and more gardens than any one person should probably try to take care of, Indigo Hill has everything Julie needs to keep writing and drawing for a very long time.