They may not be able to participate every year, but we are proud to have each of these talented instructors and speakers at Hog Island whenever their schedule permits.
David Owen Brown - The Arts of Birding
Kurt Budliger - Educator's Week
Kurt Budliger is a full-time professional photographer specializing in landscape, outdoor lifestyle and fly-fishing photography. He is a frequent contributor to Vermont Life Magazine and Eastern Fly Fishing and works with a variety of other editorial, commercial, and conservation non-profit clients throughout the year.
When he's not out photographing, teaching, hiking, biking or fly-fishing he can be found spending time with his wife and two small children in central Vermont. To see more of Kurt's work please visit www.kurtbudliger.comImportant Bird Areas of New York and a landowners' guide to forest management. Mike's department administers several of Audubon's conservation program, including the Important Bird Areas, forest stewardship, Long Island Bird Conservation, grassland, and private lands programs. Currently he is studying migrating birds that pass through the Great Lakes Basin. The Greak Kapok Tree and A River Ran Wild, teach children a respect for the earth, and have sold over a million copies that have been translated into many languages. Lynne is also the producer and director of seven short movies, including Young Voices on Climate Change, which tells the stories of young people who have reduced the carbon footprint of their homes, schools, communities and states. Lynne's movies have been screened at museums and conferences including The American Museum of Natural History, the Environmental Conference of the American Bar Association, and The Association of Science and Technology Museums. Lynne earned an art degree at Tyler School of Art and an MS in History at Yale University. She was a recipient of the Metcalf Fellowship and has received science writing fellowships from the Marine Biological Lab and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. How We Know What We Know about Our Changing Climate, co-authored with photojournalist Gary Braasch, won the AAAS/ Subaru Award. Lynne lectures widely--and passionately--about how children can make a difference. 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.
Richard Eakindescribed over a dozen new species of these fishes and continues to participate in international research trips to collect fishes and invertebrates from sub-Antarctic habitats. Rich led field trips for the Maine Audubon Society for many years and taught bird courses for Elderhostel, College of the Atlantic, Institute for Field Ornithology, and at the Audubon Camp on Hog Island. In retirement, Rich enjoys travelling the world in pursuit of birds and living on an 80-acre wildlife sanctuary in northwestern Pennsylvania, where he monitors the birdlife and continues his lifelong passions of natural history art and photography.
Susan ElbinNew York City Audubon (NYCA), where her work is focused on urban ecology - conservation of waterbirds and migratory landbirds in New York City. Current species-based projects include a long-term study of colonial waterbirds in the New York Harbor; monitoring migratory and beach-nesting shorebirds in Jamaica Bay; conducting salt marsh bird surveys; and monitoring and researching landbird migration through New York City. She is a past member of the Waterbird Council and co-authored the Harbor Herons Conservation Plan for agencies in the New York Harbor. Susan earned her MS degree in Ecology (Pennsylvania State University) and her PhD in Ecology and Evolution (Rutgers University) and is an adjunct professor at Columbia University. She is chair of the Ornithological Council and an elected member of the AOU.
Lang ElliottStokes Field Guide to Bird Songs, Eastern Region and provided field recordings and photographs for books accompanied by audio compact dics, including Common Birds and Their Songs, Music of the Birds: A Celebration of Bird Song, The Songs of Wild Birds, The Songs of Insects and, most recently, The Frogs and Toads of North America. In addition to his own productions, Lang recently organized a world-class collection of bird song and call recordings made by himself and several partner-recordists. These recordings are featured on his new BirdTunes iPhone application, the Sibley Guide to Birds iPhone app, the AudubonGuides.com website and iPhone app, and in the new Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds. Lang is also the inventor of the SongFinder, a listening device aimed at bird enthusiasts who are unable to hear high-pitched bird songs (it works by lowering the frequency of high-pitched songs into a range where the user has normal or near-normal hearing). Over the last two years, Lang has jumped headlong into digital cinematography. A wealth of his high definition footage of singing birds, frogs and insects is featured on his web site musicofnature.org.
Jennifer FeeBirdSleuth program, a suite of curricula that brings the Lab's citizen science programs to young people. While BirdSleuth was conceived as a curriculum for middle school classrooms, it has recently expanded into homeschools, camps, after-school programs, and is now being translated for use in Latin America. In addition, she shares the BirdSleuth curriculum and citizen science with teachers through online and in-person professional development workshops. Prior to joining the Lab, Jennifer worked at the Missouri Botanical Garden administering the "Partners for Growing Discovery Units" curriculum. She graduated from the Biology programs at Truman State University and Illinois State University in the Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics program. Jennifer enjoys the outdoors, especially camping, biking and hiking, and is always ready to travel and discover a new place!
Phillip Hoose - Educator's Week
Phillip is the widely-acclaimed author of books, essays, stories, songs, and articles, including the multi-award winning title,The Race to Save the Lord God Bird, and the Christopher Award-winning manual for youth activism It's Our World Too!. A graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Hoose has been a staff member of The Nature Conservancy since 1977, dedicated to preserving the plants, animals and natural communities of the Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. A songwriter and performing musician, Phillip Hoose is a founding member of the Children's Music Network and a member of the band Chipped Enamel. He lives in Portland, Maine.http://philliphoose.com/
Kenn Kaufman - Field Ornithology, Teen I
Kenn Kaufman is the originator of the Kaufman Field Guide series and author of Lives of North American Birds , Kingbird Highway , and Flights Against the Sunset , among other books. Long recognized as an expert on bird identification, Kenn has been teaching popular workshops on birding since 1980 and has written hundreds of ID articles forBirder's World , American Birds , and other publications. A field editor for Audubon and a contributor to every major birding magazine, he has also led nature tours on all seven continents. He and his wife Kimberly make their home in northwestern Ohio.
Kim Kaufman is Executive Director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sound stewardship of avian resources in the Lake Erie Marsh Region of northwest Ohio. In 2006 she started the Ohio Young Birders Club, a group for teens that has drawn national attention and inspired similar clubs in other states. She and her husband, Kenn Kaufman, travel and teach extensively and write a popular blog about their birding adventures .
John Kricher The Balance of Nature: Ecology's Enduring Myth, was published by Princeton University Press in spring of 2009. He has also authored Galapagos: A Natural History, three Peterson field guides (Eastern Forests, Pacific Northwest, and Rocky Mountain & Southwestern Forests) and the very popular, A Neotropical Companion. The recently completed textbook, Tropical Ecology, was published by Princeton University Press in 2011. John is a Fellow in the American Ornithologists Union and has served as president of the Association of Field Ornithologists, president of the Wilson Ornithological Society, and president of the Nuttall Ornithological Club, and is currently on the Council of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. John has led trips throughout the western hemisphere. He and his wife Martha Vaughan divide their time between Pocasset, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod and Sunbury, Georgia.
Chris LeweyRAVEN Interpretive Programs, a provider of international tours and programs focusing on wildlife and ecology. He leads natural history tours for the Maine Audubon Society, Smithsonian Study Tours and the National Wildlife Federation. Chris is also a naturalist for the Appalachian Mountain Club. A native New Englander and licensed Maine Guide, Chris is very much at home on the coast or in the mountains where his fascination with wildlife is always enthusiastically shared. Chris holds a masters degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch University and has taught biology, ecology and ornithology in both New Hampshire and Maine. As a nature photographer and master bird-bander, he continues wildlife research in his region.
Laura McCarthy - Arts of Birding
Kevin McGowanThe Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State. He also helped create the Lab of Ornithology's award-winning All About Birds website and wrote the original Bird Guide section. He has been studying the Ithaca population of crows since 1988, and has followed the life stories of over 2,000 banded birds. An avid birder, as well as a professional ornithologist, Kevin enjoys all aspects of birds (especially crows), from behavior to physiology, and from ecology to evolution. He is interested in spreading the appreciation of birds to all possible audiences, through all possible avenues.
Laurie McLaughlin - Teen I Leader
Steve MorelloMondo Verde Expeditions, a wildlife tour company that specializes in wildlife expeditions and endeavors to make a positive difference in the places where they travel. His enthusiasm for sustainable tourism is matched only by his passion for conservation of wildlife through photography. Well known as a professional wildlife photographer, Steve's work has appeared in National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Books, National Geographic World Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, International Wildlife, The New York Times, Martha Stuart's Living, Popular Photography, and Outdoor Photographer as well as numerous other magazines, books and calendars. Steve is a major contributor to the photo collection of the World Wildlife Fund and to-date has contributed more images to their photo library than any other photographer. Steve is the author of the acclaimed book, The Traveling Nature Photographer.
Craig NewbergerA Guide to Nature on Cape Cod and the Islands. Craig's expertise on the hammered dulcimer, banjo, and guitar has played an important role in engaging his students.
Wayne PetersenMassachusetts 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.
Liz PomperAudubon's public policy program, Liz manages the online advocacy system that enables Audubon supporters to send messages directly to decision makers. In her work with the policy program, she has gained valuable insight to the most effective ways that citizens can influence policy at all levels of government. She has been with Audubon for over ten years in a variety of positions, from office manager for Audubon Ohio to naturalist at the Greenwich Audubon Center.
Anne RosenbergEducation Department at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for 16 years, during which she helped to develop several educational web sites and curricula.
Susan SchubelDisney 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.
Iain StenhouseBioDiversity Research Institute, based in Gorham, Maine, a non-profit organization working internationally to advance the conservation of wildlife. After receiving his Ph.D. in Cognitive & Behavioral Ecology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Iain worked for the National Audubon Society. As the Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Alaska, he completed the first state-wide assessment of significant sites for bird conservation, and produced the second edition of the Alaska WatchList . As Senior Scientist for the Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program, Iain developed Audubon's approach to monitoring and assessment of IBAs. He has authored or co-authored many scientific papers, technical reports, book chapters, and popular articles on marine bird ecology and conservation. Recently, Iain's work has focused largely on the migration and movements of marine birds at sea, using satellite transmitters and other tracking technologies, such as geo-locators. In collaboration with a Danish colleague, he tracked Arctic Terns from their breeding grounds in N ortheast Greenland to their wintering areas in Antarctica and back again - the longest animal migration ever recorded.
Clay SuttonHawks in Flight, and Clay and his wife Pat have co-authored How to Spot Butterflies, How to Spot Hawks & Eagles, and How to Spot an Owl, all published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Their latest book, Birds and Birding at Cape May, is the in-depth result of their efforts over many years documenting and protecting the migration and the Cape May area that they so love. This landmark book is a complete guide to birds and birding for the Cape May region, covering what to see, when, where, and how to go, as well as the storied ornithological history of the Cape. For more information go to Pat and Clay's website:www.patandclaysutton.com.
Pat SuttonBirds and Birding at Cape May, the in-depth result of their efforts over many years documenting and protecting the migration and the Cape May area that they so love. Other books by Pat and Clay include How to Spot Butterflies, How to Spot Hawks & Eagles, and How to Spot an Owl. Today Pat is a free-lance writer, photographer, naturalist, educator, lecturer, tour leader, and wildlife garden consultant. Sutton's own wildlife garden is a "teaching garden" featured in programs and workshops she teaches and is included on many tours, including tours of private wildlife gardens that she has led for twenty-one years. For more information go to Pat and Clay's website: www.patandclaysutton.com.
Bill Thompson IIIBird Watcher's Digest, America's longest-running magazine for birders. He's the author of numerous books on birds, including Bird Watching For Dummies, Identify Yourself: The 50 Most Common Bird Identification Challenges, Identifying & Feeding Birds, and the forthcoming Young Birder's Guide to Birds of North America. He writes a weekly blog, Bill of the Birds and hosts a podcast called This Birding Life. Bill regularly speaks, guides, and performs at birding festivals across North America and consults internationally on ecotourism marketing. He has watched birds in 47 US states and in 28 countries. In his spare time he's the leader of the country-rock band The Rain Crows.
Peter VickeryA Birder's Guide to Maine with Elizabeth Pierson and Jan Pierson. He has also consulted on wind power and hydro-kinetics projects in Maine. He loves being outdoors in Maine.
Scott WeidensaulLiving 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.
Jeff WellsInternational Boreal Conservation Campaign and the Boreal Songbird Initiative, organizations working internationally for the conservation of North America's Boreal forest. After receiving his Ph.D. and Master's degrees in ecology from Cornell University, Jeff worked for the National Audubon Society as the New York State and later National Bird Conservation Director. During his tenure with Audubon, Jeff was located at Cornell University, where he continues as a Visiting Fellow of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He has authored or co-authored many scientific papers, reports, books, and popular articles on ecology and conservation topics including the book, Birder's Conservation Handbook: 100 North American Birds at Risk. Jeff's work now focuses on conservation of the largest remaining wilderness area in North America, Canada's boreal forest, through advocating for establishment of large, multi-million acre protected areas.
Doug WentzelShaver1s Creek Environmental Center in central PA. For nearly 20 years he has directed educational internships, summer camps and birding programs. As a Penn State instructor, Doug teaches natural history interpretation and is a certified trainer through the National Association for Interpretation. Since 2005, Doug has co-led with Laurie McLaughlin the Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens week. He has a BS degree in Wildlife Biology from Penn State, and has served four years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He and his wife Susan are raising their two sons, Dylan and Duncan, in Ennisville, PA. Doug's ongoing passion is to foster the awareness of the diversity of life in our own backyards.
Sherrie YorkAudubon 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.
Julie ZickefooseLetters from Eden was published. She contributed natural history commentaries to National Public Radio's All Things Considered from 2005-2010. Julie Zickefoose on Blogspot entertains around 19,000 visits per month. Her new book, The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds With Common Birds, will be published in early spring 2012. Julie and her family (Bill Thompson III, Phoebe, Liam and Boston terrier Chet Baker) live in a ranch house topped by a 42 foot tall birdwatching tower. She and Bill perform in a band called The Rain Crows. With a dozen species of breeding warblers and more gardens than any one person should probably try to take care of, Indigo Hill has everything Julie needs to keep writing and drawing for a very long time.