Thank you to all the guides who make the Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival a huge success!
Sarah Allen has studied marine birds and mammals of California for some 30 years and has been affiliated with both Point Blue Conservation Science and Point Reyes National Seashore. She has authored scientific papers on harbor seals and other topics and is currently working on climate issues for the Western Region of the National Park Service. Her new “Field Guide to the Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast” was released by UC Press in January.
Sharon Barnett is well known as one of Marin’s most dynamic interpretive naturalists. She gets children and adults excited about nature. Sharon teaches science at Marin Country Day School and in the hiking instructor for The College of Marin. Sharon is the 2011 Terwilliger Environmental Award winner for excellence in environmental education. www.Marinnature.com
Paul Bannick is an award-winning wildlife photographer specializing in the natural history of North America with a focus on birds and habitat. Coupling his love of the outdoors with his skill as a photographer, he creates images that foster the intimacy between viewer and subject, inspiring education and conservation. Paul was the 2016 featured festival keynote speaker, lead a private birding event, and lead a Youth Birding Walk focused on Woodpeckers. www.paulbannick.com
Bob Battagin has birded West Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area for 17 years. He has led many field trips for several Bay Area Audubon Societies and has contributed monthly birding articles to the Plumas Audubon Society’s newsletter for the past 13 years.
Gordon Bennett is the former president of Westbrae Natural Foods, a naturalist guide trained at Audubon Canyon Ranch, a member of their Board of Advisors, and a graduate of the Environmental Forum of Marin. Gordon is also a 20-year veteran of the Gulf of the Farallones BeachWatch program, a researcher and educator for its harbor seal program, and was the 2003 National Marine Sanctuary Volunteer of the year. He has surveyed salmon and spotted owls for NPS, was an elephant seal educator for ten years, and was appointed by Bruce Babbit to the Federal GGNRA/PRNS Citizens Advisory Commission. Gordon has birded, herped, and friended with Rich Stallcup for over 20 years. He and his wife, Kate, hold the record for the first Limpkin in Jalisco, have banded albatross with Peter Pyle on Midway, and have lain prone with Bob Stewart viewing flowers at Chimney Rock. Gordon has been involved with coastal issues at local, state and national levels for over two decades. During that time, he has worked for Marin Audubon, the Sierra Club and EAC. His work saving Bolinas Lagoon was featured in a 2008 documentary “Call It Home – Searching for Truth.”
Frank Binney is a professional interpretive planner who has helped enhance visitor experiences at Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Mount St. Helens, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, and numerous California State Parks. He is the author of Point Reyes and the San Andreas Fault Zone: The Aerial Photography of Robert Campbell. In 2004 he was named Volunteer of the Year, Pacific West Region of the National Park Service, for his pro bono help assisting National Seashore biologists with Tule elk and snowy plover studies. In his younger years, Frank explored and mapped caves throughout the world, including participation in cave surveys at Mammoth Cave National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Channel Islands National Park and Lava Beds National Monument. Today he enjoys using his science background and interpretive guiding skills to help people make personal connections to the special places, unique stories and priceless resources of Point Reyes National Seashore.
Scott Carey’s passion for birding and began when he was eleven. Scott birds and photographs snakes, lizards, birds and other wildlife in Marin and Sonoma Counties. He has guided local bird watching trips as well some further afield in Humboldt County and Arizona. When not out bird watching, Scott has done a variety of bird surveysin Northern California and Arizona as well as volunteer work for the Marin Breeding Bird Atlas. He continues to get out in the field at any chance to further learn about and be in nature.
Rich Cimino has been birding Northern California for 47years, Rich is the field guide for Yellowbilled Tours which specializes in birding tours from Alaska to Belize and Arizona, New Mexico, Wisconsin and California. Rich lives in Larkspur where he leads quarterly field trips to Niven Park City Park with a tidal mud for waterbirds and a monthly beginning bird walk at Olompali State Park. Rich serves as a commissioner to Larkspur Parks & Recreation Commission. As an advocate for nature he served for eight years as the conservation chair for the Ohlone Audubon Society, participating in the Altamont Pass Wind Turbine area Golden Eagle surveys. Rich is the compiler of the Eastern Alameda County Christmas Bird Count now in its sixth year. Conservation, photography and eco-sustainable tourism are his other interests. Contact Yellowbilled Tours at www.yellowbilledtours.com, for detailed information on scheduled birding field trips. Phone 925-353-0266.
Josiah Clark grew up steeped in the natural history of the Bay Area, where he has been birding for more than 20 years. Defining moments of birding experiences include: observation and mist-netting on Southeast Farallon Island; extensive travel, study, and tour-leading in Latin America; and a 24-hour birding and bicycling marathon in Marin County during which he spotted 158 species. Josiah owns Habitat Potential, an ecological consulting firm dedicated to interpreting, preserving, and creating habitat for wildlife in human settings. He recently started a nursery, growing plants for habitat installations.
Peter Colasanti graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1974 with a degree in zoology and almost immediately came west to “see more birds.” Since then he’s made his home and living in the North Bay, taking long birding trips to the Neotropics in the good years, and most of them are good years. Peter leads surveys at Tolay Regional Park and Tolay Creek Ranch for Sonoma County agencies, He also leads field trips and monitors bird populaitons at Shollenberger Park for the Petaluma Wetlands Alliance.
Emiko Condeso is a biologist and GIS specialist for Audubon Canyon Ranch. At the Cypress Grove Research Center, she manages ACR’s long-term biological monitoring projects and collaborates with staff and partners in conservation research. Her own research interests include understanding how spatial patterns, particularly in human-altered landscapes, influence biological communities. Her graduate work focused on Sudden Oak Death and examined the role of the spatial pattern of host woodland on disease dynamics.
Joe DiDonato owns Wildlife Consulting and Photography, an East Bay biological services firm. He formerly worked as a naturalist for the East Bay Regional Park District. He specializes in raptor biology, and is a very experienced birder.
Adam Donkin grew up holding a pair of binoculars, birding the Bay Area from the age of four—Rich Stallcup was one of his many mentors. Throughout the years, he has volunteered as a naturalist and tour leader, sharing his love of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Adam recently moved to West Marin where he can often be found chasing rarities and keeping tabs on the locals.
Wendy Dreskin teaches nature education to pre-school and elementary-age students, including the Junior Bird Watcher Program for Marin Audubon and the Junior Botanist program for Wildcare. She also provides nature education through the College of Marin Community Education program and leads Point Reyes National Seashore Association Field Seminars on butterflies, tidepools, and wildflowers. In 2003, she was awarded the Terwilliger Environmental Award for her work inspiring both children and adults.
Daniel Edelstein, a consulting biologist, has led birding tours for more than 25 years and presented public birding presentations in more than 20 states. Daniel has several blogs and websites about northern California birds on the WorldWideWeb and is currently conducting songbird and raptor surveys for two projects. Daniel’s website may be viewed at www.warblerwatch.com and two different blogs he writes can be enjoyed at warblerwatch.blogspot.com(focused on wood-warblers) and danielsmerrittclasses.blogspot.com (focused on adult birding classes he teaches at Merritt College in Oakland, CA)
Jules Evens, naturalist and writer, has been living and birding in the Point Reyes area for more than three decades. He is the founder and Principal of Avocet Research Associates and a long-time research associate with PRBO Conservation Science and Audubon Canyon Ranch. His primary research focuses on tidal wetlands and avian population trends. He is the author of The Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula and An Introduction to California Birdlife (both published by University of California Press), as well as various scientific papers and natural history articles.
Allen Fish has been the director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory since its start in 1985. A northern California native, he is particularly interested in bird population responses to urban development, climate change, and other human pressures. Allen schooled at UC Davis, where he returned to teach Raptor Biology from 2003-2012. He has led eco-tours for Raptours, California Academy of Sciences, and numerous Audubon chapters. Allen lives in Berkeley with his family, but migrates upslope to the central Sierra each summer, where he is the UC liaison for the Chickering American River Reserve. In 2003, Allen was awarded the Maurice Braun Award by the Hawk Migration Association for contributions to raptor research and conservation.
MaryAnne Flett is a native northern Californian who has been birding and working as a biological consultant for more than 30 years. She lives in West Marin and works on bird-related aspects of habitat restoration projects in the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. She conducts surveys for California clapper and black rails in tidal marshes around the San Francisco Bay and Estuary and has conducted research on willow flycatchers and other meadow birds in the Sierra Nevada. She has traveled throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean to look at birds and plants. It makes her incredibly happy to hear the dawn chorus.
Mark Forney was born and raised in Massachusetts where he enjoyed the outdoors and studied biology. He moved to California about ten years ago and took up birding in earnest. Mark moved to Marin County in 2007, and has concentrated on studying the birds of Marin since then. He enjoys learning about the distribution patterns, in space and time, of the commonly encountered birds species of the area. Mark seeks to learn something new every time he observes a bird, be it a behavior, a plumage, or a call.
Andrea Freeman has been working as a naturalist and environmental educator for the last seventeen years. She has extensive experience teaching in the outdoors and comprehensive knowledge of the natural sciences, coastal ecology and marine biology. She has a Masc. in Natural History and Environmental Studies and is an enthusiastic interpreter of the marvels of the natural world. She’s also a poet and storyteller and plays the Celtic harp.
Rob Furrow teaches evolutionary biology at San Jose State University. As a birder, he focuses on birding by ear and green (carbon-free) birding. Recently, he has been tackling the quest to set the highest biking big day record in the United States. He performs surveys throughout the SF Bay Area, and tries to record bird song whenever he can. He has led birding and naturalist trips for the past decade and still gets extremely excited before every trip, whether it’s with 4th graders, college students, or adults.
Keith Hansen had a childhood interest in birds that developed into a lifelong passion. He is a wildlife illustrator specializing in birds, and leads birding tours to Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the Yucatan. Keith is currently illustrating a field guide to the birds of the Sierra Nevada to be published by the Yosemite Association, and works from his gallery in Bolinas. http://keithhansen.com/
Roger Harris is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, who has lived next to and studied the Corte Madera Marsh for over 30 years. He is the author of the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s resource management plan for the Corte Madera Marsh and author of the Town of Corte Madera’s wildlife management plan for the Corte Madera Shorebird Marsh. He is currently on the Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission. Roger has been privileged to work as a naturalist on eco-tours around the world for the National Audubon Society and for private vendors.
Burr Heneman is the former Executive Director of the Point Reyes Bird Observatory. He also has a long-time interest in native plants and taught native plant classes through UC Extension. Burr has been involved in marine issues at state, national and international levels for 40 years. He also designed the Packard Foundation’s new global seabird conservation program.Burr’s past marine conservation emphases have included fisheries management reform in California and elsewhere, and oil-spill prevention and response, including the 1989 Exxon Valdez and 1991 Gulf War oil spills. He was a consultant to the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission on California marine mammal conflicts with gill net fisheries and on plastics in the ocean when that issue was first identified in the mid-1980s.Although a policy person, Burr takes time out for field work whenever he can. He has pasanrticipated in PRBO’s Farallon Islands seabird and white shark research off and on since 1971, and has also done marine debris research in Mexico, Shetland, and the Lesser Antilles, and shark research in Belize. His most recent Galapagos visit was in February, 2011, where he is helping two colleagues with a Galapagos penguin research and conservation project.
Alan Hopkins has been leading field trips in the Bay Area for more than 30 years. Alan was one of the founders of the San Francisco Christmas Bird Count, and he has lead the Home Ranch area of the Point Reyes Count for more than 20 years. As president of Golden Gate Audubon Society he started the Save the Quail Campaign in San Francisco. An avid photographer, Alan’s photographs have been published in many books and journals.
Melissa Hero is an Instructional Technology Specialist for Sequoia Union High School District. Graduating from UC Davis with a degree in Avian Sciences, Melissa taught high school biology for 14 years, and currently is on the Board of Directors for Sequoia Audubon Society, a volunteer Hawkwatcher for GGRO, and an instructor for Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue. She has found a way to combine her love of birds, education, citizen science and technology.
Lisa Hug is a freelance naturalist and contract biologist. An experienced birder in the North Bay, her haunts include Bolinas Lagoon, Point Reyes National Seashore, and Bodega Bay. She teaches bird identification classes for the community education program at the College of Marin. She is also an energetic co-leader for Shearwater Journeys Pelagic Tours. She loves to share her knowledge of and enthusiasm for the natural world with others.
Steve Howell is one of North America’s premiere birders and bird scientists. He is a senior international bird tour leader for WINGS, and author of several books, including A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and North Central America, Gulls of the Americas (with John Dunn), Petrels, Shearwaters, and Albatrosses of North America and most recently, Rare Birds of North America. Steve was the 2015 featured keynote speaker, where he shared his presentation, "Shift Happens, rare and vagrant birds of North America."
Sandra Hunt-von Arb has been a wildlife biologist in Northern California specializing in sensitive and endangered species since the mid 1990’s. More recently she has found her true passion, Dragonflies & Damselflies . Sandra surveys for the Endangered Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly in Illinois. She started and manages the Facebook page Western Odonata, participates in CalOdes for reporting dragonfly sightings, and organized the last CalOdes Dragonfly Blitz (VI) in Del Norte County. She has also presented and/or led field trips on dragonflies for Godwit Days, Redwood Region Audubon Society, and Redwood Parks Association & Tolowa Dunes Stewards, among others.
Logan Kahle started birding at the age of eight, and has been enthusiastically searching for birds throughout California and the world ever since. He was brought up under the mentor ship of several outstanding Bay Area birders and was soon birding almost every day of the year. Logan is very interested in the patterns of migration and vagrancy throughout the state and beyond, as well as specific habitat requirements of resident species in the Bay Area. Perhaps his favorite type of birding is pelagic birding and he leads trips to the Farallones, Cordell Bank and other marine sanctuaries.
John Kelly is the Director of Conservation Science for Audubon Canyon Ranch. He develops scientific programs and conservation activities for ACR’s system of wildlife sanctuaries in Marin and Sonoma counties and for associated systems such as Tomales Bay. John’s scientific interests focus on habitat relationships, foraging, and energetics of coastal and estuarine birds, and on the breeding biology of herons and egrets in the San Francisco Bay area. He also works on local and regional conservation issues and serves on the Tomales Bay Watershed Council.
Ron Le Valley is the founder and Senior Biologist of Mad River Biologists, a biological consulting firm in Northwestern California. Best known for the identification and distribution of birds along the Pacific Coast, he also has an extensive understanding of natural history subjects. A lifelong interest in marine birds and mammals was enhanced by his involvement with Point Reyes Bird Observatory beginning in 1966, including serving as a biologist at the Farallon Island research station. Ron gathered a world-wide perspective on ecological issues when he founded and for 15 years directed Biological Journeys, a pioneering ecotourism company. One of Ron's outstanding attributes is sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with others. He is particularly adept at explaining complex biological principles in understandable terms. www.levalleyphoto.com
Susan Cochrane Levitsky served as Manager of the California Natural Diversity Data Base at the California Department of Fish and Game, and is a recognized expert on California native plants. She provided guidance for California’s Wild Gardens, a beautiful coffee table book about California’s unique flora.
Carolyn Longstreth is former president of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin (EAC) and co-founder of the Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival. She is an avid birder and the creator of the CD, Birding By Ear at Point Reyes. She taught classes on birdsong at an Audubon Center in Connecticut.
Dave MacKenzie is a naturalist who has been birding since he was 12. As an engineering consultant he has traveled widely, searching out birds in many areas, although his favorite patch is near his home in Muir Beach, Ca. He has done monitoring of Northern Spotted Owls in Marin County, developed a bird list of the Redwood Creek watershed (including Muir Woods) for the National Park Service, and recently has been doing research on River Otters for the River Otter Ecology Project. Dave loves everything natural, and also enjoys flyfishing, kayaking, mountain biking, wildlife tracking, and camping with his grandchildren. His current project, the Baccharis Institute, studies modern evolutionary biology.
Joseph Morlan teaches Ornithology at City College of San Francisco. He has co-authored two books on the Birds of Northern California and was the 2010 recipient of the prestigious American Birding Association Ludlow Griscom Award for outstanding contributions in regional ornithology. Joe has been a member of the California Bird Records Committee since 1981 and currently serves as committee chair.
Joe Mueller has taught biology at College of Marin for 20 years, and was instrumental in developing the Natural History Program there. In his work as a local naturalist, he leads field courses on ornithology, marine biology, ecology, and mammalogy for Point Reyes Field Seminars and other natural history groups. Joe was the recipient of the 2008 Terwilliger Environmental Education Award.
Craig Nikitas is a retired architect and urban planner. He has banded birds of prey for almost two decades with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory and volunteers as a docent on Hawk Hill. He has worked with captive and injured birds at the San Francisco Zoo, the Randall Museum, and currently at WildCare.
Gary Page is Wetlands Ecology Division Director for Point Blue Conservation Science. Gary came to Point Blue in 1971 from his native Canada, where he had studied shorebirds as part of his job as warden of Long Point Bird Observatory. Gary’s work has included an ecological study, focused on shorebirds, of Bolinas Lagoon; a long-term study of the geographic distribution, status, life history, and population ecology of the Snowy Plover in central California; waterbird surveys of Point Reyes wetlands; the assessment of the effects of several major oil spills on marine bird populations; a large study of the distribution and abundance of shorebirds in wetlands west of the Rocky Mountains; and, currently, with other researchers at PRBO, an intensive study of bird use of San Francisco Bay wetlands.
Lorraine Parsons is a Vegetation/Wetlands Ecologist for Point Reyes National Seashore, and was the Project Manager for the Giacomini Wetlands Restoration Project. She has been with the park since 2001. Prior to that, Lorraine worked for local county agencies and consulting firms managing wetland and riparian mitigation/restoration projects and conducting monitoring of wetland and riparian systems.
Darren Peterie is the co-founder, along with Tom Rusert, of SonomaBirding.com, a conservation organization founded in 2004 and based in Sonoma, CA. (see below for complete description of SonomaBirding.com).
Bob Power is the Executive Director for Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and leads or co-leads birding trips annually to Mono Lake, Tule Lake, Yuba Pass, and southeastern Arizona. Bob has been the instructor for Birding Topics and Techniques at Palo Alto Adult School for the past six years and is a day-leader for the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory’s HawkWatch program.
Peter Pyle has been working for the Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) since 1996. During the late 1970’s and early 1980s he worked seasonally on the Hawaii and other Pacific Forest Bird Surveys, for the Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO), on at-sea surveys, and for other banding projects. In 1985 Peter became a biologist on the Farallon Islands, a post he held until 2003. Since 2003 he has been a full-time Biologist at IBP, doing scientific research, writing reports, and conducting banding workshops.
Marilyn Rose is co-owner of Out of this World Optics, the largest optics seller in Northern California. Since 1988, Marilyn and co-workers have helped customers choose just the right binocular or spotting scope from their home base in Mendocino.
Tom Rusert is the co-founder, along with Darren Peterie, of SonomaBirding.com, a conservation organization founded in 2004 and based in Sonoma, CA. Tom was recently presented the 2011 Ludlow Griscom Award, the most prestigious ornithological recognition in the country, for his many Outstanding Contributions to Regional Ornithology and his efforts to promote birding for kids and families throughout the United States and Canada. (see below for complete description of SonomaBirding.com).
Dave Shuford has been a senior scientist in the Wetlands Ecology Division at PRBO since 1975. Primary interests include the status, distribution, trends, and conservation of birds in California and the West. Major research projects have focused on: shorebird distribution and abundance throughout the Pacific Flyway; colonial breeding waterbirds in California; reconnaissance surveys at the Salton Sea and Klamath Basin; and long-term trends and reproductive success of California Gulls at Mono Lake relative to concerns over water diversions.
Dan Singer has been studying birds since childhood. His interest and expertise in difficult identification issues and the status and distribution of birds in California, North America, and much of the the rest of the world, led to many years as a regional editor for the journal North American Birds. He has served as a member of the California Bird Records Committee since the 1990s. Dan spends an inordinate amount of time watching gulls, but would rather be at sea looking for petrels. He can often be found leading pelagic trips along the central California coast. For the past several years Dan has been a regional editor for eBird in California. His latest mission is to make you an eBirder.
Juan-Carlos Solis has worked as a naturalist and interpretive program manager for 20 years in California. He has led natural history expeditions and lectured in Antarctica, Australia, Sweden and across the Americas. He is a former Public Programs Manager and Field Associate for the Ornithology and Mammalogy Department at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and former Education Director for Wildcare.
Lynne Stenzel started as an intern at Point Blue Conservation Science in 1971. Her mission was to identify the invertebrate prey of shorebirds, as well as their digested parts in shorebird pellets and droppings from Bolinas Lagoon. Since those early days, Lynne’s work has included ongoing participation in the Wetlands research program; serving as the Observatory’s volunteer librarian in the 70s; managing and analyzing the Beached Bird Project data from 1977 to 1988; and analyzing the data from studies of Clapper Rails, Black Rails, and Double-crested Cormorants on San Francisco Bay. From the beginning, Lynne’s primary interest has been estuarine and shorebird research, particularly the population ecology and life history of Snowy Plovers in the west, monitoring shorebird populations, and restoration of wetland habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Jenny Stock is the outreach coordinator for Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary and regularly leads trips to the area. She coordinates all education and outreach activities for the sanctuary, which includes developing teacher and student materials, hosting education workshops, and creating outreach opportunities, publications, exhibits, signage, and website content. Jenny is the local “ocean DJ” as the host for her monthly radio show called “Ocean Currents” on community radio for West Marin, KWMR-FM.
Kevin Stockmann is a naturalist, a marine biologist and co-founder of Marin Nature Adventures. He designs and leads birdwatching and wildlife viewing tours throughout Marin County. Kevin also works offshore for NOAA Fisheries as a commercial fishery observer.
Meryl Sundove is an environmental educator, formerly with the National Audubon Society at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and now with Point Blue’s Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed (STRAW) program. She is a recipient of the Terwilliger Environmental Award. Meryl has lived next to and studied the Corte Madera Marsh for over 30 years. She also teaches the popular spring birding by ear class for the Marin Audubon Society. Meryl has been privileged to work as a naturalist on eco-tours around the world for the National Audubon Society and for private vendors.
Richard Vacha has been studying tracking since he was a Cub Scout, and attended Tom Brown’s Tracking School and Jon Young’s Integral Awareness Series. From these experiences, the Marin Tracking Club was born and has been meeting every month since its founding three years ago. Richard writes a monthly column on tracking for the West Marin Citizen, and lectures on the subject and leads tracking walks for Point Reyes Field Seminars and for private groups.
Bill Walker is a Bay Area wildlife photographer who has been photographing wild birds and their environment since 2003. He has taught photography for Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and the Coastside Land Trust. His work is published on flickr, at birdwalker.com, and in his annual BirdWalker wall calendar.
Jim White is an avid birder. He graduated as a chemical engineer from Iowa State University in 1962, and has worked in the field of general contracting. He also enjoys hiking, camping, biking, and skiing.
Ken Wilson, owner of Talon Tours, is a native New Zealander and has been leading nature and bird watching tours worldwide since 1995. Ken has also led focused tours in many national and state parks in the western United States, as well as key birding sites during migration. He is a long time Sonoma county resident and has taught many popular classes in the county.
David Wimpfheimer is a biologist and naturalist who calls Point Reyes home. For 25 years, his seasoned focus and wide expertise have enriched nature excursions in Marin and other parts of the Bay Area. He has guided programs for Point Reyes Field Seminars, Elderhostel, Oceanic Society, California Academy of Sciences, Wild Wings, Marin Agricultural Land Trust, and other groups throughout California, Alaska, Baja, Scotland, and many other locations.
Bill Yeates describes himself as an opportunistic but patient birder, who is always up for an excuse to walk to Chimney Rock. He an attorney specializing in land use, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Endangered Species Act (CESA), and election law and is the former President of the Monterey Peninsula Audubon Society.
Julie Zickefoose Julie loves to introduce people to birdwatching, speaking at a number of festivals around the country, and now leads natural history excursions abroad. Because she believes birds to be the most vibrant vessels for the life force, painting baby birds as they grow has been her favorite project to date. Her new book is Baby Birds: An Artis Looks Into the Nest (2016). She lives with her family on an 80-acre wildlife sanctuary in Appalachian Ohio. Julie is the 2017 Festival keynote speaker, will lead a field event, and a youth nature journaling class.
COVER PHOTOGRAPH: DAVID WIMPFHEIMER