The following is a list of the staff, instructors, directors, and guest speakers for the upcoming 2019 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.
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 - 2018 Head Chef
Kristi is a four-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 enjoys 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 has been known to hop aboard a boat or take a flight to a new destination for an extended period of time. When not at Hog Island, Kristi has served as a chef on the schooners Harvey Gamage, Mercantile, and Grace Bailey.
Adrian Bregy - Facilities Assistant
Adrian is returning for his third summer on Hog Island. This past winter Adrian worked in the Audubon Decoy workshop on the mainland. As the facilities assistant Adrian is the man behind-the-scenes that keeps the camp running. He hauls recycling and trash across the Narrows, keeps our camp vans in clean condition and is a quintessential handy man fixing our historic buildings and keeping everything in top notch order. Adrian lives in Appleton, Maine and is often seen on the mainland with his loveable dog Annabelle.
Marta del Campo - Educator's Week
Marta del Campo is a Bilingual Outreach Specialist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She was born and raised in Chile, South America. Marta loves nature and engaging new audiences to appreciate and care about the natural world they live in, even if they live in the city! She joined the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in 2011 and has put her energy and passion into reaching, engaging, and supporting Spanish speaking and under-served communities in citizen science and birding. She works with communities in the United States as well as communities in Latin America and the Caribbean Islands. Marta develops educational materials, webinars and other educational resources tailored to diverse communities. She also facilitates educational workshops for educators, community leaders, and youth. Marta earned a B.A. at Cornell University with a double major in Biology and Spanish/Latin American Literature because both subjects were her passions. She also loves insects and their fascinating behaviors and interactions with other living organisms. The reason she earned a Ph.D. in Entomology at Cornell University, too.
Richard Crossley - Spring Migration & Monhegan
Richard Crossley is an internationally acclaimed birder, photographer and award-winning author of ‘The Crossley ID Guide’ series. Crazy, wildly passionate, and driven are just a few of the words used to describe his love of birding and nature. Born in Yorkshire, Richard first visited the USA as a 21 year old. He quickly fell in love with Cape May and its incredible bird migrations, and moved there for good shortly afterwards. After 20 years of hiding in the business world and raising his family (with wife Debra, Sophie, Sam, and a dog – all blondes,) Richard co-authored The Shorebird Guide. He quickly became obsessed with the newfound opportunities provided by digital technology and book design: The Crossley ID Guide series was created. These are books for anyone who loves nature. The recent self-published The Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl pushes the boundaries further by using different marketing concepts and attempts to get all outdoor conservation groups to see each other as one.
Richard also co-founded of the global birding initiative Pledge to Fledge (www.pledgetofledge.org,) Race4Birds (www.race4birds.org,) and The Cape May Young Birders Club. He has contributed to most major birding publications, is frequently heard on radio, and is a highly sought-after public speaker. He served on the board of directors at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. He firmly believes that the time is right to popularize birding in the USA and other parts of the world.
Maggie Dewane - Road Scholar: Saving Seabirds
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 many times for different camps, always drawn to return to this magical place. Now Maggie joins us as a guest instructor for the Maine Seabird Biology and Conservation camp, sharing insight as a part-time journalist researching climate change and its effects on wildlife and people. Her research has taken her to Southeast Asia, South America, and Antarctica. Currently, Maggie works as the US Communications Manager to the Marine Stewardship Council, an international nonprofit working with fishing industry to keep our oceans healthy and fishes thriving. Previously, she worked for the international nonprofit the Environmental Investigation Agency, as well as the White House Council on Environmental Quality under the Obama Administration. She has been a guest blogger to the Earth Institute’s Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy and senior editor to Columbia University’s Journal of International Affairs. Maggie also draws unique policy experience from years of working in the United States Senate. 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 - Road Scholar: Saving Seabirds
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.
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.
Laura Erickson - Joy of Birding
Laura is an award-winning author, conservationist, and educator. While serving as science editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, she wrote The Bird Watching Answer Book and some of the content and species accounts for the Lab’s 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.
Annette Fayet - Puffin Islands
Is a seabird scientist, Junior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (UK), and National Geographic Explorer. She grew up in France where she studied engineering before deciding to focus on biology and to join the University of Oxford, where she obtained master and Ph.D. degrees. Her research focuses on the ecology and behaviour of seabirds, and investigates the life of seabirds at sea, for example, where they go on migration or on foraging trips. To accomplish that, she combines field research using state-of-the-art miniature tracking loggers with advanced analytical techniques (e.g. machine learning) to estimate the birds’ behaviour from these large amounts of data. She mainly works on UK breeding seabirds (particularly the Atlantic puffin) but she currently is developing projects on other species breeding in the Indian and Pacific Ocean. The findings of her research also have conservation implications, and she collaborates with other researchers and NGOs to help inform conservation decisions such as the design of Marine Protected Areas.
In summer 2018 her research took her to remote islands in Wales, Norway and Iceland to study puffins, where she used micro-GPS trackers to follow the birds’ feeding trips, to learn more about puffins feeding habits and ultimately to try and understand why the large populations in Norway and Iceland are declining so dramatically. You can read more about her trip to Iceland in the New York Times.
Tony Ferrara - FOHI Volunteer Coordinator
Tony Ferrara has worked for many years as a web and database professional, and is retiring from his career in order to pursue his passion for the mission of Hog Island. He and his wife Cheryl will be moving to Maine from Florida after his retirement. He was a camper on the island in 2016 and 2017, attending Raptor Rapture and Field Ornithology sessions. Tony has been a volunteer beach steward on Marco Island, Florida, for many years, and has served as the volunteer coordinator for that program. The beach stewards keep the beach clean, protect birds and other wildlife, and engage with tourists and residents to make the beach a safe and enjoyable place for everyone. Tony has also served on the Beach Advisory Committee for the City of Marco Island, where he has lived for 23 years. Tony is an avid birder and also enjoys photography, making music, hiking, cycling and skiing. He is looking forward to contributing to the FOHI operation supporting the great work that is done at the Audubon camp and Project Puffin.
Deeohn Ferris - Educator's Week guest speaker
Deeohn Ferris, JD, is Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the National Audubon Society. Deeohn is an environmental lawyer whose career connects many fields of study and spans government, industry, the public interest and the civil rights sectors. She has extraordinary experience leading expert teams working on community regeneration and land revitalization with federal agencies, as well as governments, foundations, community coalitions, tribal organizations and indigenous peoples in the US and countries on five continents.
Combining local impact and countrywide reach, Deeohn is a nationally recognized provider of specialized know-how that tackles equity, sustainability, resiliency, and engagement of under-represented, often, racially stratified populations. She has managed projects involving hundreds of community activists, faith-based leaders and elected officials, organizing working relationships, evaluating science and technical debates, and overcoming obstacles to collaboration and public participation.
Deeohn is also an environmental justice pioneer. Her environmental and civil rights knowledge and policy expertise were instrumental to introducing and establishing the field of environmental justice, nationally and globally, to convening the first-ever Congressional hearings, and providing expert legal representation for communities before Congress, federal agencies, the United Nations, the media and the public. Coordinating with the White House, the Domestic Policy Council, OMB, government agencies, businesses, think tanks, and well-known stakeholder groups, she led the groundbreaking national policy campaign that resulted in the federal environmental justice call-to-action Presidential Executive Order 12898.
Her mission is building the capacity of cross-disciplinary stakeholders to understand and implement equity best practices and strategies, shaping approaches and partnerships that ensure the inclusion of diverse and informed community perspectives, and securing the benefits of nature for every neighborhood. Deeohn is a popular speaker, she is the recipient of many professional achievement awards, and her public service involves numerous federal committees and boards.
Don Freiday - Joy of Birding Director
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
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.
Catherine Hamilton - Field Ornithology
Catherine Hamilton grew up exploring the mountains and deserts of Southern California, and was pretty much born with a pencil in hand. She began birding at an early age with her father, developing a keen interest in both natural history and art, and started her first ornithological notebook at seven. Somewhat mysteriously her parents encouraged her to continue this behavior, and is still doing about the same things today.
Catherine holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Bennington College. She taught painting and drawing at RISD from 1997-2003, and has taught at other institutions and programs (Bennington College, Mass College of Art, Mass Audubon) throughout the 25 years she has been a professional artist. For the last five years she has been traveling and birding full time, keeping her studio on the road while maintaining her exhibiting and project schedules. Working out of wildlife refuges, urban environments, research stations, and museum collections, Catherine has been following birds around the world, making drawings and paintings. Her fine art can be found in private, corporate, and small museum collections in the US and abroad. Her bird illustrations can be found in publications like the recent Princeton University Press book “The Warbler Guide,” and in journals and magazines such as “Nature,” “Bird Observer,” and “Orion Magazine.” Catherine was also featured in the 2012 HBO documentary Birders: the Central Park Effect.”
Catherine loves sharing her passion for both the avian world and the world of drawing with birders and artists of all levels, and believes that anyone can gain insight and greater understanding of the world around them through field sketching and observation.
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.
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.
Russell Juelg - Family Camp II
A 1990 graduate of Texas Christian University, with a degree in Religion-Studies, Russell’s interests were turning to environmental issues. His education in botany began in 1994, when he started organizing and leading a growing number of public educational and recreational programs in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. After three years as Managing Director at Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, in Medford, NJ, he went to work for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy organization. One of his first assignments there was to create a booklet on the threatened and endangered plants and animals of the Pinelands of New Jersey. The project opened his eyes to the vast, bewildering, diverse, fascinatingly complex world of botany. That fascination stayed with him through eleven years with Pinelands Preservation Alliance, and stays with him daily in his work today as a land steward and educator for New Jersey Conservation Foundation. He teaches annual classes on fundamentals of botany and advanced field botany studies. He is currently working on a publication featuring the vascular plants of south Jersey. But he still finds time to play banjo and sing with friends and anyone who likes folk music.
Stephen Kress - Director of Road Scholar: Saving Seabirds and Puffin Islands; 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.
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.
Don Lyons - Puffin Islands and Road Scholar: Saving Seabirds
Don Lyons is Director of Conservation Science for Audubon's Seabird Restoration Program. He has participated in seabird science and conservation for 20 years as a graduate student, post-doc, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife of Oregon State University. His interests include restoring seabird colonies using social attraction and understanding the relationship between seabirds and forage fish. His background as an electrical engineer and seabird biologist help him further research on tracking seabird foraging, dispersal, and migration using both banding and electronic tagging and assessing the impacts of changes in ocean climate on seabird breeding success and population resiliency.
In recent years, he has provided leadership for research and conservation about the critically endangered Chinese Crested Tern in Asia, investigations of the steep decline of Aleutian Terns in Alaska, and reduction of conflicts between Caspian Terns and threatened salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest.
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 One and 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.
Eva Matthews Lark - Hog Island Program Manager, Director of Mtns to Sea and Tropical Teen Week, and Instructor
Eva Matthews Lark 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. She is now the director of both the winter Costa Rica Teen Trip and the Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens session. She has been a birder for over a decade and credits the winter warblers of Florida as being her spark birds. In her free time she enjoys traveling with her wife and two rescue dogs. She particularly enjoys birding competitions with friends and is an avid eBirder.
Abby McBride - Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens
Abby McBride is a sketch biologist and Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow. With degrees in biology and science writing from Williams College and MIT, Abby took the obvious career path and worked on a small farm in Spain, drew nature illustrations in New York City, manned the helm of a lobster boat in downeast Maine, bird-blogged across the western United States, studied siblicidal boobies on an uninhabited Galápagos island, worked as a pastry chef in western Massachusetts, wrote for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, taught piano lessons, did communications for Bowdoin College and the American Ornithological Society, sketched icebergs in Iceland, babblers in Borneo, and giraffes in Kenya, and went bicycling across eastern Europe. She recently returned from a year in New Zealand writing and illustrating stories about seabirds for National Geographic.
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.
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 One and 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.
Keri Parker - Educator's Week
Keri was Island Supervisor of Pond Island National Wildlife Refuge for the National Audubon Society’s Seabird Restoration Program (Project Puffin) from 1998-2000 during the critical time that terns re-colonized the island after a decades-long absence. She co-founded Save Pangolins, an international pangolin conservation non-profit, and serves on the IUCN-Species Survival Commission Pangolin Specialist Group Advisory Board. Her adventures include serving for more than a decade as a Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), managing a research project for the U.S. Geological Survey to enhance cerulean warbler breeding habitat in Virginia, developing environmental education curricula for World Wildlife Fund and the USFWS Asheville, North Carolina Field Office, and teaching nature appreciation and wilderness survival skills at a summer camp in southwestern Virginia. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies (concentration Environmental Education) from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina and a Master of Science in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland. Keri lives with her husband and pets in Virginia and is an avid naturalist and music lover.
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.
Heather Richard - Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens I & II; Family Camp Session One
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 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 some 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 - Road Scholar: Saving Seabirds
"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 - Road Scholar: Saving Seabirds
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 - Hog Island 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 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.
Anna Tucker - Family Camp II
Anna Tucker is a PhD candidate at Auburn University studying the stopover ecology of migratory shorebirds in Delaware Bay. She received her B.S. in Biology from Loyola University, where she studied wood thrush breeding behaviors, and M.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she worked with prothonotary warblers. For her dissertation she is using mathematical modeling tools to better understand stopover site use, response to shifts in the timing of food availability, and drivers of population dynamics for Arctic-breeding shorebirds. Her research focuses on understanding threats to migratory birds throughout their annual cycle and using that knowledge to support science-based conservation decision making. She has also worked as an educator for the Patterson Park Audubon Society and the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and has taught ornithology and ecology for undergraduate courses and the Alabama Master Naturalist program.
Ryan Weaver - Family Camp II
Ryan Weaver is an evolutionary biologist and PhD candidate at Auburn University where he studies the bright coloration of birds and other animals. Ryan’s interest in bird coloration stems from his first research experiences in college studying the brilliantly yellow Prothonotary warbler on their non-breeding grounds in the mangroves of Panama. A major focus of that trip was to help encourage local Panamanian middle school students and parents to recognize the critical importance of wetland habitats to not only bird biodiversity, but also to humans. Throughout his PhD, he has continued to promote the importance of science and natural history education to school-age children and other community members though outreach programs at the Auburn University Museum of Natural History and the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service by leading museum tours of bird specimen collections and biodiversity surveys of local forests and parks.
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 (a Pulitzer Prize finalist), The Ghost with Trembling Wings, and Of a Feather, as well as the Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean. He is a contributing editor for Audubon magazine, a columnist for Bird Watcher's Digest, and has written for dozens of other publications. Scott has directed a major study of northern saw-whet owl migration for more than 20 years; is a co-founder of Project SNOWstorm (which studies snowy owls); a director of Project Owlnet, a collaboration of more than 125 owl-banding stations; and the Critical Connections project, which studies the migration of birds from Alaska's national park lands. He is also one of fewer than 200 licensed hummingbird banders in North America. 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.
Justine Weber - Living on the Wind: Fall Migration and Monhegan Island
Justine Weber is an ecologist, instructor, and PhD candidate at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse, NY. In her past life, she was a high school biology teacher in southeastern PA and a seasonal naturalist for various county parks, national wildlife refuges, and national parks. Her grad research focuses on rare wetland plant communities and their conservation: she is currently working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to update the status of federally-protected Houghton's goldenrod. Justine is passionate about natural history, education, and conservation, and particularly loves when those three things can be combined. When she's not botanizing or birding, she loves gardening with native plants, reading, and adventurous cooking.
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.