This list of instructors includes only those who have been confirmed as attending in 2015. More will be added as they are announced. You can also view our full instructor pool from recent years.
Jonathan Alderfer - Arts and Birding
Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Birding Essentials, Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America, Kids Bird Guide of North America and most recently the 2nd edition of Complete Birds of North America. Jonathan is an avid birder and passionate about teaching how to draw birds to all ages and skill levels. His other interests include art history, fly-fishing, gardening, and foraging for wild foods. Jonathan lives, paints, and watches birds in Washington, D.C., but is planning to become a year-round Maine resident in the near future. See his work at http://www.jonathanalderfer.com.
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.
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.
This will be Deb's first time teaching photography at Hog Island, but not her first connection with Maine. Her experiences as a Hurricane Island Outward Bound school alum and repeat Maine Media Workshops participant have given her a deep appreciation for the magic of the Maine coast.
Chris Lewey - Director of Breaking Into Birding; Director of Joy of Birding
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.
Jean Mackay - Director of Arts and Birding
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.
Steve Morello - Instructor
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.
Craig Newberger - Director of Family Camp
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.
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 - Instructor 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.
Ron Smith - Family Camp Instructor
Nina Stoyan-Rozenzweig - Arts and BirdingUF College of Medicine. She teaches history of medicine, reflective writing and narrative medicine, nature and healing, environmental health, and medical humanities in the College of Medicine. Her undergraduate courses include one on Harry Potter, arts and health in Sub-Saharan Africa and sustainability. She collaborates with the UF museum of art, arts in medicine program, and Wilmot Healing Gardens. Nina first came to Hog Island in 1984 as an intern with Project Puffin. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan. Nina's research interests include environmental history, the history of the human-animal relationship, and the history of science and medicine.
Peter Vickery - Field Ornithology; Living on the Wind: Fall Migration and Monhegan Island
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.
Scott Weidensaul - Director of Field Ornithology; 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.
Paul Winter - Joy of Birding
Paul Winter is one of the pioneers of world music. In addition to combining elements of African, Asian, Latin, and Russian music with American jazz, Winter was one of the first to incorporate the sounds of nature and wildlife into his compositions. The sounds of nature fascinated Winter, who first heard the songs of humpback whale in 1968, and was beguiled by their poignant and complex vocalizations. The famed Paul Winter Consort combined the sounds of whales, wolves, and birds with their acoustic improvisations on their recording, Common Ground, the first album to blend musical influences from around the globe with voices from nature. Recognized worldwide for his music, he is the winner of seven Grammy(r) Awards. For more about Paul Winter, click HERE.
Sherrie York - Instructor
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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- Maine Seabird Biology and Conservation
- 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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- Instructors and guest speakers
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