The following is a list of the staff, instructors and guest speakers from 2015. Many will return in 2016 and as they do we will update this list. The program description pages include instructors and guest speakers that have signed on for 2016.You can also view our full instructor pool from recent years.
She trained at the post-master's level in administration and strategic planning at Yale University's School of Organization and Management where she was awarded a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Fellowship. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin in Public and Environmental Administration and received a highly competitive US Public Health Service traineeship for her master's work in demographic studies at the University of Texas School of Public Heath in Houston.
Pete Dunne - Joy of Birding
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 American Birds, Birding , Living Bird, Birder's World and WildBird . 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.
Laura Erickson - Breaking Into Birding and Joy of Birding
All About Birds website. Since 1986, she's been producing the country's longest-running radio program about birds, "For the Birds," which airs on community and public stations from Oregon to New York and is podcast on iTunes. This unpaid labor of love allows Laura to share her passion for birds far and wide. She is a contributing editor at BirdWatching magazine and serves as the American Robin Expert for the popular Journey North educational website. She was a winner in the American Ornithologists' Union's bird-calling contest, in the repertoire category, for her owl calls. In 2014 Laura became the first woman to receive the American Birding Association's Roger Tory Peterson Award.
Tim Gallagher - Raptor Rapture
Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Tim got his first field guide at the age of eight and has been watching birds ever since. He is especially interested in birds of prey. In the late 1970s he worked iwth the Santa Curz Predatory Bird Reserach Group - and affiliate of the Peregrine Fund - helping their efforts to save the Peregrine Falcon and other threatened species. His lifelong interest in wilderness exploration has taken him twice to Greenland, where he made an open-boat voyage up the coast to study nesting seabirds and falcons, and to the hinterlands of Iceland, where he climbed lofty cliffs to learn more about the Gyrfalcon, the world's largest falcon. He is the author of several books, including Parts Unknown, Wild Bird Photography, The Grail Bird, Falcon Fever, and Imperial Dreams. He lives in Freeville, New York.
Melissa Groo - Arts and Birding
Phil Kahler - Sharing Nature: An Educator's Week
BirdSleuth curriculum is a big part of his approach to teaching scientific inquiry. He co-instructed the distance-learning course, BirdSleuth: Supporting Student Inquiry and most recently assisted participants of the 2014 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest with eBird citizen science data collection. One of the highlights of Phil's teaching career has been taking high school students on their annual 3-day marine biology trip to the Oregon coast. He is an alumnus of the National Audubon Society Expedition Institute and received his B.S. in Environmental Education from Lesley University. He earned an M.S. in Environmental Education and Interpretive Services Administration from Aurora University. As a kid he fell in love with the outdoors during family backpack trips in the Sierra Mountains of California. Phil enjoys backyard beekeeping and photography.
Stephen Kress - Director of Seabird Biology and Conservation; appears in most sessions
Guide to Attracting Birds: Creating Natural Habitats for Properties Large and Small, Audubon Pocket Backyard Birdwatch and the Birder's Handbook.
Jean Mackay - Director of Arts and Birding
Eva Matthews - Hog Island Program Manager
Frostburg State University and a BS degree in Environmental Science from Lander University. In her free time she loves to travel, partake in friendly birding competitions with her friends, and spend time with her partner and shelter pup in Colorado. For Hog Island, she manages the various social media channels, signs people up for camp, and coordinates camp life from housing to paperwork to scholarships and beyond.
Kevin McGowan - Fall Seabird Conservation
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.
Laurie McLaughlin is a faculty member at Penn State University and a Program Coordinator at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, Penn State's Nature Center in central Pennsylvania. Laurie teaches facilitation and teambuilding skills, environmental education, and is the director of the Maple Harvest Festival. Laurie earned her B.S. in Environmental Interpretation from Penn State and an M.A. in Experiential Education from the University of Colorado. In addition to helping young people learn about and enjoy the natural world, her interests include birds, the ocean, traveling, canoeing, cooking, reading, and, most of all, spending time with her husband, Mark, and their two sons, Brian and Sean.
Katrina graduated from Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany in 2006, with a bachelor's degree in general biology. She then continued on to get her master's in behavioral ecology at the Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology, where she worked on nest site selection behavior and home range distribution in blue tits. Katrina has been fortunate enough to study the life history of various birds in remote locations, such as the white-winged swallow in the Amazon and the semipalmated sandpiper in the arctic tundra. Katrina joined the San Diego Zoo and the tern and plover project in 2013. Being able to contribute to the protection of these endangered species and their habitats, while also doing public outreach, is Katrina's biggest passion.
Craig Newberger - Director of Family Camp Session One
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.
Colleen Noyes - Family Camp Session Two
CT Audubon Society since 1996 and she holds an MS in Environmental Education. She had the pleasure of changing careers and giving away her "business" clothing in exchange for boots, bugs, mud and so much more. Twenty years later she continues to share the natural world with children and adults of all walks of life. She is living proof that if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life! Colleen lives in Connecticut with her two daughters Fiona and Eleanor. Two Airedale terriers (Gus and Stella) complete the mix. In her spare time, Colleen plays guitar and sings in a band, Fiona & Friend, with her oldest daughter. Colleen has also been a wonderful Friends of Hog Island volunteer in past summers.
Wayne Petersen - Joy of BirdingMassachusetts 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.
Pete Salmansohn - Director of Sharing Nature: An Educator's Week; appears in most sessions
Project Puffin: How We Brought the Puffins Back to Eastern Egg Rock, Giving Back To The Earth and Saving Birds: Heroes Around the World.
Susan Schubel - Maine Seabird Biology & Conservation
Disney Hero , 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.
Paula Shannon - Maine Seabird Biology & Conservation
Paula Shannon is the Seabird Sanctuary Manager for the National Audubon Society's Seabird Restoration Program (SRP). She began working for SRP in 2002, as Island Supervisor on Matinicus Rock, Maine's most diverse seabird colony. She continued in this role for five years until 2006, participating in various projects involving alcids, terns, gulls, storm-petrels, and shearwaters. In 2011 she returned to SRP, supervising the research and management of all seven of SRP's field stations. She has also studied seabirds in Alaska and Hawaii, leading fieldwork on seabirds for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska's Pribilof and Semidi Islands from 2008-2010, and serving as a biologist in the French Frigate Shoals in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. Paula also worked for the Bureau of Land Management in Oregon, with much of her work focused on Marbled Murrelets. In addition to her work with seabirds, Paula has worked on numerous avian research and conservation projects across the United States, including work with raptors, songbirds, and shorebirds. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, which is where she first developed a love and appreciation for the Maine coast.
Scott Weidensaul - Director of Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens (both sessions); Director of Hands-On Bird Science; Director of Living on the Wind: Fall Migration and Monhegan Island
Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds (a Pulitzer Prize finalist), The Ghost with Trembling Wings and 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 Smithsonian, the New York Times , Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife and Audubon . 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.
Drew Weber - Living on the Wind: Fall Migration and Monhegan Island
Nemesis Bird, where he writes about birding and technology, Drew has also done years of field work, primarily in Pennsylvania, including breeding bird atlas surveys, banding saw-whet owls to study their winter home ranges, Snowy Owls with Project SNOWstorm, and his own masters work on grassland birds in central Pennsylvania. Drew has served as chairman of Pennsylvania's bird records committee and the board of the state ornithological society. His current passion is building the most innovative apps for birders as well as butterfly and dragonfly enthusiasts, and promoting citizen science projects as VP of Operations at Birds in the Hand, LLC.
Doug Wentzel - Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens (session 2)
Shaver1s Creek Environmental Centerin 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. Doug's ongoing passion is to foster the awareness of the diversity of life in our own backyards.
Sherrie York - Educator's Week and Director of Artist-in-residence Program
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 website.
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- Breaking Into Birding
- Joy of Birding
- Field Ornithology
- Bird Studies for Teens
- Hands-on Bird Science
- Arts and Birding
- Raptor Rapture
- Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week
- Family Camp
- Maine Seabird Biology and Conservation
- Living on the Wind: Fall Migration and Monhegan Island
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