The following is a list of the staff, instructors, directors, and guest speakers for the upcoming 2018 summer (unless otherwise noted). More instructors will be added in the coming months. You can also view our full instructor pool from recent years.
Karen Acton - Family Camp Session Two
Karen Acton is a native Jersey Girl who considers herself blessed to have grown up in the Pine Barrens. She treasures her memories of running on sandy paths lined with pine trees and laurel bushes, collecting every possible rock, cone or berry she could fit in her worn-out pockets, even salamanders, later to be found by her mother when she did the laundry. Karen has been teaching high school art for twenty-three years. She makes it a priority for her students to study natural forms and encourages them to be aware of nature when they step into the outdoors. Karen is looking forward to being a part of Hog Island Audubon Camp.
Cleo Bell - 2017 Head Chef
Cleo Bell was born and raised in Washington, DC. She attended McGill University in Montreal and has a BA in Cultural Anthropology. After graduating, she moved back to DC and worked briefly at Save the Children before deciding that she would rather work in front of a stove than behind a desk. She began working as a short-order line cook, slinging brunch food for hungry college students at Tonic, and has since worked at Againn, a British Isles-inspired gastro-pub and, for the last two years, at Komi, a high-end Mediterranean restaurant. At first glance, it might seem a strange road from cultural anthropology to cooking, but food and cooking are integral to the expression and transference of culture. Culture begins at the table, and this is especially true at Hog Island, where people come from all over the world to pursue their shared love of nature. By concentrating on serving local, sustainable foods, Cleo hopes to elevate the experience of the diner and to make a positive impact on the global food market.
Brooke Bateman - Hands-on Bird Science
Brooke Bateman is the Director of Climate Watch in the Science Division at the National Audubon Society, and received her PhD in Zoology and Tropical Ecology at James Cook University in Australia in 2010. Brooke conducted postdoctoral research with James Cook University, The University of Tasmania, and CSIRO in Australia and later, as a postdoctoral associate and assistant scientist on a NASA funded project with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Brooke’s research focuses on spatial ecology and species distribution modeling, with emphasis on the effect that extreme weather events and climate change have on biodiversity. Since 2010, Brooke has led or contributed to 22 peer-reviewed publications and works closely with on-the-ground practitioners and stakeholders to link research to on-the-ground conservation and management actions. As the director of Climate Watch, Brooke works with community volunteers to better understand how North American birds are being affected by climate change. In addition, Brooke collaborates with scientists from universities, government agencies and within the National Audubon Society’s science team to develop research focused on climate, citizen science, and conservation of birds
Rob Bierregaard - Director of Raptor Rapture
Rob’s passion in the natural world has always been birds of prey. He was an avid falconer when he was in graduate school. His Ph.D. research addressed the importance of competition in the ecological structure of raptor communities and got him out to the high plains of Montana for two springs. From 1995 to 2011, Rob taught Ornithology and Ecology in the Biology Department of UNC-Charlotte. Previously (1978-1988), Rob was the original field director of the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project in Manaus, Brazil. While running the project for 8 years, he and his students collected data from over 50,000 mist-net captures of understory birds in continuous and fragmented rainforest habitat. Rob and his graduate students carried out a 10-year study of the flourishing Barred Owl populations around Charlotte, NC. He now focuses his research on the ecology and migration of Ospreys in eastern North America. He has deployed satellite or cell-tower transmitters on 45 juvenile and 34 adult Ospreys and spends most of his time watching his flock of Ospreys (24 birds started south in the fall of 2013) move back and forth between North and South America. In 2011 he moved from Charlotte to Wynnewood, PA, where he is now a research associate of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
Kristi Bokros - 2017 Assistant Chef
Kristi is a three-time returning chef at Hog Island having served the role of Kitchen Assistant and most recently as the Sous Chef. In addition to knowing her way around the Hog Island kitchen, Kristi also enjoyed creating craft projects and sailing. She is also a wonderful baker and you will be delighted by her creative baked goods while on the island. Kristi is from Kalamazoo, Michigan but currently resides in Maine but has been known to hop aboard a boat for an extended period of itme. When not at Hog Island, Kristi has served as a chef on the schooners Harvey Gamage, Mercantile, and Grace Bailey.
Courtney Brennan - Hands-on Bird Science
Courtney Brennan is a Cleveland native and graduated from Cleveland State University with a Master's degree in Environmental Science with research focused on birdsong variation. Her work at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History began as avian specimen preparator before being promoted to Collections Manager for the Ornithology Department. As Collections Manager Courtney assists in the curation, care, and maintenance of the museum's 36,000 avian study skins, 4,000 eggs and nests, and its 1,500 osteological specimens. She also coordinates weekly volunteer specimen preparation sessions, which adds approximately 500 new specimens to the Ornithology collection annually. When not at the museum, Courtney enjoys traveling, birding, live music, and hiking with her two dogs Oliver and Ozzie.
Maggie Dewane - Maine Seabird Biology and Conservation
Maggie first came to Hog Island in 2002 as a camper for a youth ecology camp, sponsored by her local Appalachian Audubon Society where she served as the Chapter’s Youth Coordinator. She has since returned three times for different camps, always drawn to return to this magical place. This year Maggie joins us as a guest instructor for the Maine Seabird Biology and Conservation camp and will share insight from a recent climate expedition to Antarctica and how various penguin species can serve as indicators of climate change. Currently, Maggie works for the Environmental Investigation Agency, an international nonprofit that works to expose environmental crime such as poaching, wildlife trafficking, illegal trade in timber, and deforestation. As the organization’s press and communications manager, Maggie specializes in turning dense, science-heavy information into understandable material for lay audiences. Previously, Maggie worked for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, liaising between government agencies and the White House to ensure departments were reaching benchmarks set by President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. She has also worked as a guest blogger and web editor to the Earth Institute’s Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy and Senior Online Editor to Columbia University’s Journal of International Affairs. Maggie also draws unique policy experience from years of working in the United States Senate as a projects specialist. She has a B.S. in diplomacy and international relations from Seton Hall University and an MPA in environmental science and policy from Columbia University. She currently volunteers for the National Park Service and is proud to have visited over 50 national park units around the country.
Adam DiNouvo - Maine Seabird Biology and Conservation
Adam DiNuovo has been working with shorebirds and seabirds on the East and West Coasts and Gulf of Mexico for fifteen years. He is currently a biologist for Audubon Florida and is the Collier Shorebird Monitoring and Stewardship Program Manager. Prior to his work in Florida he was a Research Coordinator for the Institute for Conservation Research at the San Diego Zoo and served as Assistant Sanctuary Manager for Project Puffin for three years. This will be Adam’s fourth fall as an instructor on Hog Island.
Jennie Duberstein -Joy of Birding
Jennie Duberstein is a wildlife biologist and conservation social scientist, working with people to build international partnerships for bird and habitat conservation. She coordinates the Sonoran Joint Venture, a program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that brings together public and private partners from both sides of the border to conserve the unique birds and habitats of the southwestern United States and northwest Mexico. Jennie has developed community-based conservation projects, developed and taught courses and workshops on bird identification, ecotourism, and bird monitoring, and studied species including Double-crested Cormorant and wading birds in Sonora and Yellow-billed Cuckoos in Arizona. She has worked with young birders for the past twenty years, directing field courses, summer camps, and conferences, and generally helping to connect young birders with opportunities and each other. You can find her this summer directing the American Birding Association's Camp Colorado in Estes Park.
Charles Duncan - Joy of Birding
Charles Duncan was Director of the Shorebird Recovery Project at the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences from 2003 to 2013, also serving as Director of the Executive Office of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, a coalition now of 90 sites in thirteen nations committed to the conservation of shorebird species and their habitats across the Americas. Charles's professional training was in organic chemistry (B.A. Rice University; Ph.D. Yale University; postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia), and he had a long career in academia at the University of Maine at Machias (UMM). Along the way, his passion for bird-watching in the Americas grew in more rigorous directions. In fact, he describes his conservation work simple as "a hobby that got wildly out of control." He founded and ran the Institute for Field Ornithology at UMM for many years, and served as president of the Association of Field Ornithologists from 1998-2000. In 1999, he made a career shift and joined The Nature Conservancy's Migratory Bird Program as conservation ornithologist. In 2002, the American Birding Association honored him with their "Chandler Robbins Award for Education and Conservation." In 2013, the Argentine non-profit Asociacion Ambiente Sur (Association Environment South) named him their "honorary ambassador." Since leaving his position at Manomet, Charles has served, pro-bono, as a participant and informal advisor to several bird conservation groups across the Americas.
Pete Dunne - Joy of Birding
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 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.
Don Freiday - Joy of Birding
Don Freiday is Program Director for the Cape May Bird Observatory. He has been a wildlife professional for 32 years, with a career path spanning agencies and organizations including the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (where he was park ranger at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, one of the premier birding destinations in the U.S.); New Jersey Audubon Society; Rutgers University; Hunterdon County, NJ Park System; and the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife. Professionally, Don has specialized in the human dimensions of wildlife conservation, and also has substantial habitat management, academic, and wildlife research experience. He operated a MAPS banding station for many years, is a past member of the NJ Bird Records Committee, past editor of Records of New Jersey Birds, and a current board member of the NJ Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Don is well known as an outstanding birder and trip leader, particularly known for his ear, and has traveled to 24 states, 11 countries, and 5 continents, mostly as a birding tour leader. He has competed in the NJ World Series of birding for 25 years, as a member of winning teams several times; in the Great Texas Birding Classic 4 times, winning once; and in Isreael’s Champions of the Flyway event. He has written over 1000 articles, 2 books and 3,000 blog posts, virtually all on some aspect of nature. His free-time pursuits range from birding to hunting to photography to kayaking to training retrievers, and he is especially proud of his three adult children. His blog can be found at http://freidaybird.blogspot.com/.
Drew Fulton - Arts & Birding
Drew Fulton is a photographer and filmmaker with a passion for exploring the natural world and documenting biodiversity. For his self-designed major at Bowdoin College, he combined environmental science, photography, and ecology with a five-month photographic residency in Everglades National Park to tell the story of the complex ecology and natural history of the Everglades. As a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, he spent a year traveling Australia and photographing endemic birds. His project, Canopy in the Clouds, funded by a National Geographic Young Explorer’s Grant, created a bilingual environmental education program centered on the canopy of the cloud forests of Monteverde, Costa Rica. Drew has returned to Australia to work with National Geographic photographer Tim Laman on multiple projects focused on the remote Cape York peninsula. His skills as a tree climber, photographer, and educator has taken him to Borneo with a group of college students, to Papua New Guinea on a biodiversity survey in Papua New Guinea, and off the coast of Turkey documenting the excavation of a 2,000-year old Roman shipwreck. For the last few years, Drew has been working on a major media project highlighting the natural history of his home state, Florida, and encouraging people to explore and preserve the natural landscape.
Tim Gallagher - Raptor Rapture
Tim Gallagher is an award-winning author, wildlife photographer, and magazine editor. For 25 years, he was editor-in-chief of Living Bird, the flagship publication of the 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 with the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group, an 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.
Mark Garland - Spring Migration & Monhegan Director; Living on the Wind: Fall Migration and Monhegan Island Session One Instructor
Mark Garland is an old hand at Hog Island, having served as an instructor for several sessions each summer from 2003-08. He is a naturalist based in Cape May, New Jersey, who spent six years with the National Park Service, 17 years with the Audubon Naturalist Society, and four years with the Cape May Bird Observatory. Since 2005 he's been his own boss, mostly planning and conducting nature-oriented tours, courses, field trips and presentations. Birds are a special interest of Marks. He has led more than 200 nature tours to various parts of the world, including more than 30 trips to Costa Rica. Mark is the author of "Watching Nature: A Mid-Atlantic Natural History," and he writes the “Birders Question Mark” column in Bird Watcher’s Digest. He is director of the Cape May Monarch Monitoring Project, and teaches week-long birding programs in Cape May for the Road Scholar program. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in conservation and environmental education from the University of Maryland.
Ted Gilman - Educator's Week
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 bachelor'ss 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.
Christian Hagenlocher - Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens
From a young age, Christian has been driven by his love of the outdoors, and exploring and sharing nature with others. Growing up attending summer camp in the mountains of Colorado led to him to pursue a life of in outdoor experiences and adventure. He attended Principia College, where he graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. For the next four years, he taught High School Biology and Marine Biology, and led student abroads to Belize, Costa Rica, and Israel, bringing his love for birds and learning into the classroom. He completed a apprenticeship in falconry, becoming a General-class falconer and which led to sharing wild hawks and falcons with his classes, integrating birds into his Biology curriculum whenever appropriate. Outside of teaching, he has enjoyed traveling abroad to Kenya, Ecuador, and Alaska in pursuit of birds and wild places.
In 2016 he spent an entire year traveling across North America identifying birds and interviewing birders while writing a book and blogging about his travels. Incidentally, he broke the old record of 749 species and became the youngest birder to see over 700 species in a single year. To serve others, he started “The Birding Project” which integrates Education, Conservation, and Inspiration – many subjects he is passionate about in addition to teaching and learning. He recently completed his Master’s Degree, earning a M.A. in Education and Education with an emphasis on Education for Global Sustainability. When not chasing birds, he enjoys exploring new places, traveling, fly fishing, and sharing my love for nature with others. He currently teaches Mountain Ecology at The Link School as the Science Instructor.
Doug Hitchcox - Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens
Doug Hitchcox, a Maine native, grew up in Hollis and graduated from the University of Maine in 2011. Throughout college Doug worked at Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and was hired as Maine Audubon’s staff naturalist in the summer of 2013 -- a long-time "dream job." In his free time, Doug volunteers as one of Maine's eBird reviewers, is the owner and moderator of the "Maine-birds" listserv, and serves as a York County Audubon board member and member of the Maine Bird Records Committee.
Corey Husic - Instructor for Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens (both sessions)
Corey hails from eastern Pennsylvania, where he grew up exploring the surrounding woods and meadows every chance he had. This early exposure to the outdoors led to an immense appreciation for nature with a particular fondness for birds, insects, and native plants. Over the years, he has worked with local nature centers and organizations to conduct ecological research as well as develop educational programs for young people. His first visit to Hog Island was as a student back in the summer of 2012. Corey is currently finishing up a degree in chemistry at Harvard University. When not searching for birds or studying chemistry, Corey can often be found playing traditional Appalachian fiddle or baking pies.
Derrick Jackson - Arts & Birding
Derrick’s seabird images illustrate the 2015 book “Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock,” published by Yale University Press. His wildlife images have also been published in the Boston Globe and used by the Audubon Society, the Wilderness Society and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. He is a two-time finalist in Outdoor Photographer Magazine's The American Landscape contest and his images of the 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama received a 75-image exhibition at Boston’s Museum of African American History. Derrick began doing sports photography in African American weekly newspapers in his native Milwaukee, Wisconsin and one of his early pro football photos earned honorable mention in the book, “Best Sports Stories of 1977.” He was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist in newspaper commentary from the Globe. View a sampling of his images here and here.
Stephen Kress - Director of Seabird Biology and Conservation; appears in most sessions as Guest Speaker
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 and the Birder's Handbook.
J. Drew Lanham - Field Ornithology
J. Drew Lanham is an Alumni Distinguished Professor at Clemson University with foci in the areas of land ethics and conservation ornithology. Having birded abroad in South Africa, the Peruvian Amazon and all but seven of the US states, he teaches birding as an exercise in connecting dots- telling bird “stories” beyond identification so that each species becomes important and the mission to conserve becomes priority. His blog, wildandincolor.blogspot.com, provides insight into his passion for nature. His first books, Sparrow Envy-Poems and The Home Place – Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, will be published in 2016.
Deb Lanni - Sharing Nature: An Educator's Week
Deborah Lanni is a professor and media arts program coordinator at Jamestown Community College where she teaches photography, video and multimedia storytelling. She is the co-creator of an interdisciplinary course called Planet Earth: Examining Critical Topics that looks at environmental issues through the lenses of science, culture and communication/media. Her specializations are still photography, documentary video production and the rhetorical uses of image and sound. Deb’s master’s degree is in environmental communication and she is committed to making images and telling stories that increase awareness of both the wonder of the natural world and the problems that face it. She believes that through the various communication art forms we can reach hearts and inspire change. 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.
Andy Lantz - Tropical Teen Week in Costa Rica
Andy Lantz is a science teacher at Cameron Middle School in Nashville, TN. He has been teaching in middle and high school classrooms for seven years, and an additional four years in environmental education. In his years as an outdoor educator and naturalist, he has worked for Georgia 4H, MassAudubon, and The Nature Conservancy. Andy has a BA in Environmental Sciences from UMass Boston, and a MS in Science Education from Florida State University. He has been an active birder since 2005.
Sandy Lockerman - Hands-on Bird Science
Sandy has been a licensed bird bander for over two decades and conducts three research projects in the central Pennsylvania area. She began her banding career studying northern saw-whet owl autumn migration and songbird migration through an urban wetland park adjacent to the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She is also a licensed hummingbird bander and is studying the dynamics of ruby-throated hummingbird migration through Pennsylvania as well as catching and banding wintering hummingbird species that are reported in the state.
She is a board member for the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology and long-time education volunteer for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art. Recently retired after 20+ years in the environmental education field with Dauphin County Parks and Recreation at Wildwood Park, she and her husband Gary enjoy travelling and anything that has to do with birds.
Jean Mackay - Director of Arts and Birding
Artist and educator Jean Mackay has been exploring nature and sharing its beauty and diversity with others for more than 20 years. Her watercolor illustrations and journals capture the remarkable species and ordinary things we encounter every day. Jean has been an instructor at Hog Island since 2003, exploring birds, marine life, and coastal Maine ecology with children and adults. She has an M.S. in Environmental Education from Lesley College and, when not exploring or pining for the Maine coast, she works in partnership with the National Park Service at the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor in New York. You can see her work on her blog, Drawn In, at http://www.jeanmackayart.com.
Iain MacLeod - Raptor Rapture Iain, a native of Scotland, began birding when he was 8 years old. By the age of 17, he was leading bird walks and employed as a nature reserve warden. He was an investigations officer with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), chasing egg collectors, illegal falconers and monitoring Scotland’s rarest nesting raptors. His passion for raptors runs deep and he has been studying Ospreys for more than 30 years. Iain crossed the pond and settled in New Hampshire where his career continued with the Audubon Society of NH. In his 18 years with NH Audubon he was Communications Director and then managed several nature centers and finally was VP for External Affairs. In 2006 Iain became the Executive Director of the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, NH -- a post he holds today. Iain is the former Board chair of the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) a current Board member of North-east Hawk Watch, a member of NH’s Rare Bird Committee and part of the Editorial Team of NH Bird Records. He is also the founder of the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory. His work with Ospreys has continued, and since 2011 he has collaborated with Dr. Rob Bierregaard on a satellite tagging project in NH. To date he and Rob have tracked 15 NH Ospreys. Iain leads many birding workshops and has led more than a dozen nature tours to Scotland and New Mexico. He lives in Ashland, NH with his wife Susan.
Steve Mason - Family Camp - Session Two
Steve received a B.S. in Environmental Science at Stockton University and is currently working on his Ph.D. at Drexel University. He is also a Curatorial Assistant at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Steve’s research focus has been on the most diverse group of organisms in the world - insects. He looks at how insect communities in different forest habitats react to different types of disturbance. Steve’s undergraduate thesis focused on how the overabundance of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) affected the Atlantic white-cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) bog’s forest and ground structure and how it correlated to the insects communities that occur there. His current research focuses on insect succession after fire, looking at which insects can be considered early successional and climax species. Furthermore, he is looking at how certain terrestrial insect species can be used as bioindicators to determine if a forest is healthy, stable, or at risk.
Julia Mathison - 2017 Kitchen Assistant
Julia is a Chef and Yoga Instructor from the Connecticut shoreline. She received her B.S. from the Univeristy of Connecticut in Food, Agriculture, and Sustainability in 2012. After farming for the Alaska Pacific University she attended the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado where she received her Natural Foods Chef Certificate. Julia hopes to connect people to local and sustainable cuisine with a focus in nutrition and sustainability.
Eva Matthews Lark - Program Manager and Instructor
Eva Matthews Lark, from Fort Collins, Colorado, has an MS degree in Recreation & Parks Management from Frostburg State University and a BS degree in Environmental Science from Lander University. She works year-around for Hog Island and manages the various social media channels, marketing, and camp registration, in addition to scholarships, contracts, and rentals. In the summer she coordinates all the camp programs on island. She is the program director for both our Teen Tropical Costa Rica camp and the new Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens session. She has been a birder for over a decade and is attempting to enter all her back-logged bird checklists into eBird. In her free time she enjoys traveling with her wife and two rescue dogs.
Kevin McGowan - Field Ornithology
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.
Holly Merker - Spring Migration & Monhegan Island; Living on the Wind: Fall Migration and Monhegan Island I & II
Holly Merker has been in awe of birds, and the wonders of the natural world, as far back as she can remember. She’s lucky to share her passion by connecting others to nature in her work as an environmental educator. Some of her favorite moments in the field have been as a birding instructor for the American Birding Association’s Camp Avocet for teen birders, where she shows youth birders the marvels of Delmarva’s rich bird life. Holly has a strong interest in bird distribution, and has been the eBird state coordinator for Pennsylvania since 2005, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee. She has participated in many avian population-monitoring projects, and is actively involved with multiple birding clubs, including one she helped start for the local elementary school. Holly’s passion for studying migration is especially alive in fall, experiencing raptor migration as a volunteer hawk counter for both Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and the Rose Tree Park Hawkwatch in Pennsylvania.
Sara Morris - Field Ornithology
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.
Angelika Nelson - Hands-on Bird Science Director; Field Ornithology Instructor
Angelika Nelson is curator of the Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics and the Tetrapod collection in the Museum of Biological Diversity at The Ohio State University. She earned her MS at the University of Vienna in her home country of Austria and her PhD at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. As a behavioral ecologist her research is focused on acoustic communication in birds, recently in the white-crowned sparrow along the Pacific Northwest coast. She teaches “Introduction to Ornithology” and advises the student Ornithology club at The Ohio State University. She enjoys traveling with her husband Doug, spending time in nature, bird-watching, horseback riding and taking her dog Inga for walks.
Craig Newberger - Director of Family Camp Session One; Instructor Educator's Week
Craig Newberger has served as the Lower School Science Coordinator at Germantown Academy since 1985. 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 magazines. 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.
Colleen Noyes - Family Camp Session Two
Colleen has been a Naturalist at the 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 Birding
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 - Director of Family Camp Session One; Instructor Educator's Week
Trudy Phillips is an Environmental Education Specialist who focuses on the facilitation of immersion experiences which integrate environmental science and the arts. From 1990 – 2016 Trudy held the position of Director for Environmental Education at the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy in southeastern Pennsylvania crafting watershed education programs and field natural history programs for all ages. Years prior found her at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as the Assistant Director for Education. In addition, she has been an elementary school teacher in the upper elementary and middle school grades, an Expedition Guide for the National Audubon Society’s (NAS) Expedition Institute, Assistant Director for the NAS Youth Ecology Camp; an instructor for the NAS Educator’s Camp and a Director of the Family Camp in Maine. Trudy believes that designing creative, carefully-crafted experiences for students is of the greatest importance. How students learn is just as important as what they learn. 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. Recently Trudy was recognized by the Tri-County Area YMCA with the title, Exceptional Woman – “a guiding force in our community who generously opens doors for other women to develop skills and talents, to embrace responsibility and power, and ultimately to lead and contribute in our communities”.
Joshua Potter - Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens I & II
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.
John Pumilio - Director Joy of Birding
John first stepped on Hog Island in the early 1990's as a student assistant. By 1993, he had become one of the youngest camp instructors in Hog Island's history at age 21. During this time, John conducted several annual breeding bird surveys of the island carrying on the historic work of Allan D. Cruickshank. Since his early days at Hog Island, John gained extensive national and international guiding experience including environmental sustainability work in Alaska, the Florida Everglades, Canadian Rockies, Tanzania, Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu, and Patagonia, Chile among other places. While in the Everglades, John was a field biologist on the Red-cockaded woodpecker and Florida panther recovery projects. He also spent time in the West Indies researching avian biodiversity and persistence in different habitats. Currently, John is the Director of Sustainability at Colgate University in Central New York. He received his bachelor's degree in environmental and forest biology from ESF at Syracuse University and graduate degree from The Evergreen State College in Washington State. John is thrilled to return to Hog Island and looks forward to sharing his knowledge and passion of coastal Maine's birds with others.
Heather Richard - Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens I & II
Heather is an educator and graduate student in Marine Science at San Francisco State University's Romberg Tiburon Center. 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. With nearly 10 years of experience in outdoor education, her experiences include 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.
Juanita Roushdy - FOHI Volunteer Coordinator and FOHI President
Juanita was smitten with Hog Island the first time she walked its moss-laden trails. She is an avid birder, conservationist, and volunteer. In her retirement, she has worked with Loggerhead turtles, banded Painted Buntings, done shorebird surveys, and led weekly bird and nature walks. She was on the board of Audubon North Carolina, founded and was president of the Cape Fear Audubon Society in Wilmington, N.C. She is a full-time volunteer at Hog Island, President of Friends of Hog Island, on the board of the local Mid-Coast Audubon, and editor of its newsletter The Merganser. She spends her free time enjoying the many birds and wildlife that visit her property.
Joe Rozak - Family Camp Session One
Joe retired from formal teaching a little more than a year ago. He taught high school chemistry and marine biology for 45 years, spending 33 of those years at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, PA, where he was head of the department for ten years. He received a BS degree in chemistry from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY and an MS in chemical education from Colgate University, Hamilton, NY. In 1975, after a month of fieldwork with Project Oceanology in Groton, CT, he introduced a course in Marine Biology at Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT and has been involved with marine education ever since, introducing Marine Biology to Germantown Academy students when he moved there in 1980. In 1984, Joe was awarded an Outstanding Teacher award by GA for his initial contributions to the school. In 2011, he was inducted into the Germantown Academy 1760 club by GA alumni. Through the years, Joe was awarded a number of grants that allowed him to expand his knowledge and understanding of the oceans. Joe is certified in SCUBA and has run SCUBA courses at the high school level, leading student and adults on SCUBA trips to the Caribbean (Belize, Roatan, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Croix, Utila). He studied coral reefs with Earthwatch in Fiji and the Bahamas and also led several high school marine biology exchange trips to Russia (Sakhalin in the Far East, Leningrad, and Sochi). One NSTA grant took him to Monterey, CA, where he participated in a workshop on GIS technology. Joe has been a member of the National Marine Education Association since 1976, and an active member of the New Jersey Marine Education Association, where he is a board member and the present treasurer. Joe is no stranger to Hog Island. He joined Craig and Trudy from 1990 to 2000, sharing his marine interests during youth and family camps, leading coastal activities around the island. He is looking forward to returning to the island this summer and sharing his interests once again!
Pete Salmansohn - Director of Sharing Nature: An Educator's Week; appears in most sessions as guest instructor
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.
Susan Schubel - Maine Seabird Biology & Conservation
"Seabird Sue" Schubel is Project Puffin's own 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.
Ron Smith - Director Family Camp Session Two
Ron teaches environmental science and coordinates district wide environmental programs for 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.
Eric Snyder - Facilities Manager and Instructor
Eric has been working at the Hog Island Audubon Camp since summer 2004. A true Renaissance man, Eric instructs classes in geology, island ecology, astronomy, natural history and is the island's boat captain. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Geology from Vassar College. Eric is always at the heart and soul of the daily operations of the Hog Island Audubon Camp and can be found doing everyting from helping in the kitchen cooking meals, to fixing the plumbing, to rowing campers ashore, to leading day hikes on the nearby islands.
Barbara Sullivan-Watts - Seabird Biology and Conservation
Barbara Sullivan-Watts currently teaches Environmental Biology at Providence College, RI following a 28 year career in oceanographic research at the University of Rhode Island. She received her M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and Ph.D. in Oceanography from Oregon State University. Her research focused on the changes in marine plankton food webs of Narragansett Bay and Georges Bank caused by pollution and over-fishing . She has also shared this knowledge and appreciation of scientific research with K-8th grade teachers for 20 years as a Co-Director and board member of GEMS-Net, a partnership among URI’s School of Education, scientists and public school districts. After attending Steve Kress’s Seabird Conservation Program at Hog Island in 2015 she was delighted to find that her expertise in marine plankton would be a welcome addition to the marine life studies at Hog Island. The seabirds know well enough the significance of the base of the marine food web – plankton – that support the fish that feed the birds! She thinks plankton are wonderful creatures to look at and learn about for their own right, but that knowing about their ultimate importance to birds will makes them all the more fascinating to campers at Hog Island.
Scott Weidensaul - Director of Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens (both sessions); Director of Field Ornithology; Director of Living on the Wind: Fall Migration and Monhegan Island (both sessions)
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 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
Drew Weber is a tech geek and birder, always looking for new ways to combine technology with his favorite pastime. Founder of the multi-author blog, 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.
Sherrie York - Instructor Arts & Birding and Educator's Week; Coordinator of Artist-in-residence Program
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 website.