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Publisher
 
Mitchell Waite
Computer book author, publisher, web designer, entrepreneur--is best known for writing numerous books on programming and computer technology, as well as innovative titles published by Waite Group Press in the areas of multimedia, fractals, biofeedback, nanotechnology, and virtual reality. Mr. Waite sold his publishing company to Simon and Schuster in 1996. For the last 6 years he has been focused on "naturetech" the merging of the digital world, books and birding. This web site, www.whatbird.com is an example of that. Most recently he has developed a collection of mobile applicatoins called "iBird" that have had a trememdous success on the Apple iPhone. You can learn about iBird at www.ibird.com. His web site www.mitchwaite.com provides a glimpse into some of his accomplishments.
 
Authors and Ornithologists
 
John Riutta
1John Riutta Three different universities and the bestowal of two graduate degrees were unable to dissuade John Riutta from pursuing the life of a freelance natural history and religion writer. Fortunately for him, he can support such a career through his business consulting by leveraging his MBA and over a decade of experience as the head of the binocular and spotting scope development group for an international optics firm. John’s writings are published widely but can always be found at his The Well-read Naturalist (www.wellreadnaturalist.com) website.
 
David Lukas & Simone Whitecloud
David Lukas has been an avid birder for over 25 years, during which time he has worked on field research projects in Borneo, Peru, Central America, and every western state. As a professional naturalist he has led hundreds of birding tours, classes, and programs, many of these in the last 3 years with his partner Simone Whitecloud. David is also the author of Wild Birds of California, Watchable Birds of the Great Basin, and the newly revised Sierra Nevada Natural History, as well as many magazine articles. His weekly column Field Guide appears in the Los Angeles Times newspaper.

Simone Whitecloud
, a native of New Orleans, moved to the Bay Area in 1996 to obtain a degree in biology from the University of San Francisco. As a freelance naturalist, Simone leads nature walks and teaches workshops for many organizations such as Point Reyes Field Seminars, Yosemite Association, and the National Park Service. She is also on the faculty at the College of Marin. Her love for birds begin with a childhood pet Mallard named Bob.
 
Gary Owen Dick
Born in Covington, Louisiana in 1956, Dr. Dick received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Southeastern Louisiana University and Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. He currently works as an aquatic restorationist and naturalist at the Institute of Applied Sciences, University of North Texas.
 
Ashli Maruster
Known as “FlycatcherGirl,” Ashli Maruster graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Natural Resources, Wildlife Management. She has worked on various wildlife projects including Northern Cardinal and Acadian Flycatcher breeding studies, and Southwestern Willow Flycatcher surveys, nest searching, and monitoring. She currently works at the Wild Bird Center in Albuquerque, works as a volunteer bander for Rio Grande Bird Research Inc., and the Sandia Crest Rosy Finch project. Ashli has been certified as a “Bird Nerd,” by her loving fiancée, Nathan.
 
Jane Wright
Jane Wright is a writer and naturalist living with her husband and family on a beautiful farm along the Pilchuck river. She is not a classic birder but a genuine bird lover. She knows how to scratch the underside of a Brant goose's chin when you hand feed it, how warm a Spectacled Eider's belly is and how hard a trumpeter swan can bite your nose. She learned much of this when she worked at Northwest Wildfowl. The job was routine caretaking of a flock of over 600 ducks, geese and swans, but for Jane it was a labor of love. She continued her work with birds at the Washington Zoological Park and as a volunteer at Woodland park Zoo. She wears the scars from a seagull that she rescued as a badge of honor and likes nothing better than waking up to the sounds of birds on the farm.
 
John Schwarz
Now retired, John Schwarz, M.D. practiced ophthalmology for many years on Boston’s north shore. Originally from the NY area, he now divides his time between the Connecticut shore and the east coast of south Florida. A lifetime devotee to nature and the great outdoors, John is an accomplished scuba diver and has traveled to numerous tropical islands. He has explored many of the U.S. National Parks and has rafted the Colorado and Snake Rivers and the Middle Fork of the Salmon. The technical advances of the digital age finally attracted him to the world of bird photography which he now pursues with a passion. Although his photo collection also includes the Galapagos, Ecuador, and Costa Rica, John’s primary focus is to capture photographically as many species as possible in North America. His North American species photo list is currently over 500 and growing. His favorite, most productive locations have been SE Arizona including Madera Canyon, Big Bend National Park in west Texas, and Alaska including the Pribilof Islands. John is always happy to help find local species for visiting birders – in Florida from November through May, and in Connecticut the remaining part of the year. You can view his prolific work on his website www.birdspix.com.
 
Mary Beth Geisel
Mary Beth Geisel is a retired English teacher, a veterinary assistant, and a lifelong amateur naturalist. She earned her BA in English from Northern Kentucky University. Her published works include poetry, short stories, essays, and news pieces. Range: Ohio River Valley, extending southeast into Appalachian Mountains. Infrequent, unwilling vagrant outside that range. Nonmigratory. Semicolonial. Gregarious but wary. Enjoys dwelling among other species, especially canids. Known to frequent communal perches. Flight often erratic and labored, but capable of soaring. May be seen hovering over food.
 
Jason St Sauver
Originally from South Dakota (where i got my love of the outdoors and birds) I have been a New Yorker for almost 15 years now. Been out in Baiting Hollow on the North Fork of Long Islands on weekends for a few years - where I love to hike and birdwatch. Play tennis actively.
 
Crystal Adams
Crystal Adams graduated from William Woods University with a double major in Equestrian Science and Studio Art. She teaches and trains hunt seat and dressage in Connecticut and is currently working on her USDF Bronze Medal. Her interests in birds began as a child, when she had parakeets in Africa and canaries in England. Sadly, her 7 year old canary just passed away, and she is hoping her husband will find another for their anniversary. In the last year she has become a mother and loves it. In her rare spare time, she enjoys SCUBA diving, surfing, cooking and scrap booking.
 
Nataliya Kovalenko
Nataliya Kovalenko graduated from the University of Kiev-Mohyla Academy. She has over 10 years experience as a freelance writer and translator.
 
Programmers
 
Rick Stephens
Chief programmer of the WhatBird database and search engine since 2002, Rick Stephens is based in Pensacola, Florida, where he consults for business in the areas of web system design. Rick has designed and programmed numerous features of WhatBird including the architecture of the browse and wizard features and the powerful Web 2.0 SQL Content Managment System. He is an expert in C#, php, ASP, and Microsoft 's .NET platform.
 
Dan Johansson
Dan Johansson was born in Kalix, Sweden in 1983 and moved to the United States in 1987. He has a Bachelors degree in Animation from the Art Institute of Minnesota, and experience in graphic design and web design. Dan designed and programmed the XSLT for the WhatBird species account pages, the Laptop Buyer’s Guide pages and the World Fact’s pages, as well as the comparison pages.
 
Robert Levy
Robert Levy, original architect of the WhatBird search engine platform, is the lead developer of Microsoft's Surface Technology where any thing flat, such as a table, are LCD video screens with intelligence that interact with you and any objects you place on them. Before that he was a Program Manager in Microsoft's Mobile Devices Product Group, where he worked on Pocket PC and Smartphone SDKs for 3rd party developers. Robert programmed the original Pocket PC application that got WhatBird rolling, as well as the first version of the WhatBird web client. He majored in Software Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology.
 
Alexey Petuschak
Alexey was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1984 and received his Bachelor's degree in Informational Technologies and a Master's degree in Project Management at the Kiev National University. Alexey is a software application developer in a wide variety of applied and system areas, proficient in C# development for the .NET platform, Win32 development using C++, Delphi, and reverse engineering. He enjoys all kinds of sports including cycle racing, skiing, snowboarding, wind-surfing, yacht, mountain climbing, and parachuting. Alexey developed the Winged Explorer toolbar for WhatBird.
 
Artists and Designers
 
Yury Anatolievich Lisyak
4Born in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, in 1962. Mr. Lisyak received his B. S. Degree from Dnepropetrovsk National University. He currently works as a freelance artist, graphic designer and illustrator.
 
Irina Sergeevna Rud-Volga
5Born in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, in 1983 Ms. Rud-Volga received her B.S. from Dnepropetrovsk National University. She currently is continuing her studies to obtain a M.S. degree.
 
Samira Viktorovna Belous
3Born in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, in 1981 Ms. Belous received her B.S. from Dnepropetrovsk Art College. She currently is continuing her studies at Dnepropetrovsk National University to obtain a M.S. degree.
 
David Wenzel
1David Wenzel has worked for a number of environmentally conscience organizations and currently creates freelance graphic designs, illustrations, photography, and fine art. He is a graduate of Kent State University and resides in Valley City, Ohio with his wife, Liz and children Brad and Brooke.
 
Dwight Kirkland
2Born in Dallas, Texas, Dwight Kirkland has been an artist for as long as he can remember. He has had a lifelong passion for the arts. He enjoys all types of painting and drawing, and specializes in a unique, dreamlike, photo-realistic style of painting using the airbrush and paintbrush. Kirkland studied at the renowned Art Institute of Atlanta and his extensive travels in the United States has given him unique vision and perspective. His great love for wildlife and nature has been a focus for his talent. He has created projects, including Limited Edition prints, to raise money for endangered animals.
 
Bill Callis
2 Bill Callis is a California Native American who through his native roots learned at an early age to appreciate the wonders of nature. He obtained his education at the University of Illinois, and currently resides in Colorado. Bill is a freelance designer and illustrator specializing in animals and landscapes.
 
Ryan Durney
Ryan Durney is a professional freelance illustrator who specializes in nature and prehistoric animal art, as well as fantasy and children's books. Ryan obtained his degree from Columbus College of Art & Design in 1999.
 
Imran Khan, Juan Manual Costa, Santiago Cornejo, Kavita Jhunjhunwala
 
Photographers
 
Alan Vernon
 
Ann Fournier
1Ann Fournier lives in southern Tennessee. She enjoys traveling the countryside, looking to capture anything and everything to share with others. She has found many of God's wonderful creations right in her own 'backyard'. Ann creates high quality, handmade photo greeting cards, photographs (framed or unframed), photo books, as well as 360-degree virtual tours. You can see her photography and postcards at www.scenicphotos4u.com
 
Bill Bryant
Larry SelmanBill Bryant has been a nature lover since childhood growing up in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. He has been photographing birds and other wildlife since college. Bill claims he never misses an opportunity to see something new, and he has traveled to more than 40 countries. Bill makes his living as a healthcare consultant and lobbyist, and he currently calls the rocky mountains near Boulder, Colorado home. You can view more of Bill’s photo’s at www.flickr.com/photos/bryant99/
 
Christopher Taylor
Christopher Taylor has been birding since he was old enough to remember. Often going on trips with his photographer father, Monte Taylor, to many remote places in Alaska and abroad. Although his interest in birding waned during his teenage years he recently became interested again but from a photography perspective. Having only picked up a camera a little over a year ago he's already snapped over 400 photo birds in the ABA area. He currently resides in Marina del Rey, CA just outside of Los Angeles. You can view more of Christopher's photos at kiwifoto.com
 
Christopher Upson
Christopher Upson Chris Upson works as a mechanical engineer and lives in the historic market town of Hadleigh, Suffolk, UK. He has always had an interest in nature and loves being out in the great outdoors. He has been into photography for many years since leaving school in the early eighties but has taken it up more seriously in recent years. You can view more of Chris's images at chrisupson.zenfolio.com
 
Cindy Marple
Cindy Marple Cindy lives in Arizona and works in the semiconductor industry. She has been interested in nature photography since childhood and enjoys landscape, wildlife and avian subjects. Her travels in pursuit of these subjects have taken her to some remote corners of the world. Cindy is a moderator in the Wildlife forum and Executive Editor at Naturescapes.net. You may view more of her photos at naturescapes.net/
 
Dan McManus
 
Dennis Cheasebro
 
Don Christian
Don Christian Don Christian has long had a great interest in nature. Active in the Boy Scouts in his youth, he reached the rank of Eagle Scout by the age of 15. Beyond his time in scouting, Don has enjoyed many outdoor activities including golf, cycling and scuba diving. Don is a NAUI Scuba Instructor and worked on the dive boat in Jacksonville, Florida for 3 years. In addition to his interest in nature, Don has always had a keen interest in photography, including 8 years at the Charles Beseler Company, a leading manufacturer of photographic enlargers. Southern Shots combines both of Don’s passions, where he captures dramatic and rarely seen wildlife scenes – from the underwater sea-life off the Florida Coast and throughout the Caribbean, to the herons, spoonbills and wildlife vistas of central Florida. Don uses Canon cameras and lens. Cameras included 1D mark IV and the 7D, Lens include Canon 600 MM and Canon 100-440 mm and Canon 24-105mm. Please visit www.southernshots21.com
 
Douglas Brown
Douglas Brown Douglas Brown was born and raised in Los Angeles and has been photographing avian subjects since 2005, when he bought a DSLR and a 400mm lens and took them to Bosque del Apache NWR in New Mexico. He took roughly 1,000 photos on that cold winter day in 2005...and about 997 of them ended up in the trash can! Doug has come a long way since then and is currently a moderator on Arthur Morris’s BirdPhotographers.net web site in the Avian: Image Critique forum. Two of his photos reached the semifinals of the 2008 Shell International Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. You can view quite a few of Doug's photos on the WhatBird.com website, and also on the iPhone/ iPod Touch application iBird Explorer Plus. His work has been published in Western Birds Magazine, his bird photographs are utilized extensively in A Field Guide to the Plants and Animals of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque and he is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). You can see more of Doug's work at his web site web.mac.com/dlb/My_Website/Welcome.html
 
Dr. Carl Sheely
Carl Sheely Carl's a cardiac surgeon whose passion outside the operating room is birding and avian photography. He began birding in about the third grade. The photography came about naturally as a way to enhance his many birding trips, from the Tortugas to Gambell, California to PEI, and the Rio Grande to Churchill. His favorite photography destination...Alaska. There's no place like Nome! You can see Dr. Sheely's beautiful collection of nature photography at www.pbase.com/csheely
 
E.J. Elithorpe
 
E. J. Peiker
E.J. Peiker E.J. Peiker was born in Germany and resides in Arizona. He is a Professional Nature Photographer and Manager for Intel Corporation. He began photographing the great outdoors at age 9 and today is recognized worldwide for his landscape, mammal, and bird photographs. He is widely known for his huge library of waterfowl photographs. He is published regularly in books, magazines, and online. E.J. is cofounder of the online Nature photography magazine NatureScapes.net where his is the senior technical editor. His personal website www.ejphoto.com, showcases thousands of his photographs.
 
Fraser Brooks
Fraser Brooks Fraser Brooks was raised in Texas. As a child his interest in bird watching and identification was encouraged. He attended Trinity University in San Antonio on a football scholarship. After graduation he began an international career as a geologist/geophysicist. As he lived, worked and traveled in over 70 counties, he developed a passion for photographing birds. Today he is retired with his home base in Arizona. He continues to travel, seeking out birding locations. He enjoys sharing his knowledge about birding and photography with groups and individuals. www.photosbyfraser.com
 
Gary Flanagan
Gary Kurtz Gary Flanagan was born on Long Island, New York.  He received his Bachelors in from California State University Fullerton and Masters in Media Arts from the University of Arizona in Tucson.  He is currently employed as a Doctoral Enrollment Counselor at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.  He has been a nature/bird photographer for over 6 years, photographing birds across the United States.  He hopes to travel outside the U.S. in the future to pursue his passion for bird photography.  His website is fineartamerica.com/profiles/gary-flanagan.html
 
Gary Kurtz
Gary Kurtz Gary is fascinated by the tiny details found in nature. This is reflected in his work as an acrylic artist and photographer. Both serve as portals to a universe easily overlooked by the naked eye. His love of travel has provided him with an abundance of opportunities to explore the natural world. You can see Gary's photos in the Atlas of Breeding Birds of Alberta and various other media. To view some of his photos go to www.flickr.com/photos/gary_kurtz/sets/
 
George A. Housely, Jr.
George A. Housely, Jr. George began his biology career as a youth in western Pennsylvania by catching and releasing crayfish, ribbon snakes and salamanders behind his house. This interest led to biochemistry and later his career as a Rheumatologist, now practicing in Tupelo, Mississippi. He only began photographing nature and birds in earnest about ten years ago. He has a particular affinity for flying birds. His work is available at www.housleyphoto.com
 
Gil Eckrich
Gil Eckrich Gil Eckrich was born in Germany and came to America in 1964. Upon graduation from college in 1970, he entered the U.S. Army as an officer in the Infantry. 20 years later, and after assignments around the globe, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in Central Texas. Gil went on to teach state and federal government courses for Central Texas College until retiring from that position in August 2009. Gil has been a biologist in Fort Hood’s Natural Resources Management Branch since 1991. As outreach coordinator his duties include making presentations at a wide range of forums on the natural resources found at Fort Hood, especially two endangered avian species, the Golden-cheeked Warbler and the Black-capped Vireo. He has become an enthusiastic nature photographer, concentrating on birds, in support of outreach. Gil also guides tours of Fort Hood’s natural resources throughout the year. Many of Gil’s photos can be seen on his personal website, geckrich.com
 
Hilke Breder
 
Jack Jeffrey
Jack Jeffrey As a 40-year resident of the Big Island of Hawaii, photographer and wildlife biologist Jack Jeffrey is intimately familiar with Hawaii’s remote rainforests, hidden valleys and endangered birds. Now retired from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, he is enjoying more time traveling and photographing birds around the world. Jack is a recipient of the prestigious Ansel Adams Award for Nature Photography and is co-author of several books on Hawaii's birds. His bird and natural history photographs continue to be featured in numerous publications. His work can be seen at www.jackjeffreyphoto.com
 
James Spitznas
James Spitznas James Spitznas, an award-winning photographer from Purcellville, VA, has been taking pictures most of his life. Starting with a Brownie camera given to him by his grandmother, it was not long before James was borrowing his father’s Minolta SLR, and developing and enlarging photos in his father’s basement darkroom. As an adult, James has photographed wildlife, rural landscapes, dog events, and travels but he especially enjoys the challenge of getting close to a bird, and obtaining a capture that marries an interesting pose with “golden light” and a pleasing background. You may view more of James’ images at www.goldfeatherphoto.com
 
James Stephens
My name is James Stephens and I am a native Louisiana bird nut. I enjoy visiting Wildlife Refuge's and taking wildlife pictures. While birds are a main focus, I take pictures of anything and everything. I also enjoy painting wildlife when time allows. If you wish to see some of my bird photography from around Louisiana, go to www.birdsandplaces.com. I update my site periodically with new pictures, so visit often. My pictures are not so much for the identification of a bird but for the artistic aspect of a picture, to see the character of the bird or animal. That is what I like to catch in pictures.
 
Jeff Wendorff
Jeff Wendorff Jeff Wendorff is an avid outdoor and wildlife photographer whose work has been published widely ó from calendars and magazines to even cans of cat food in China! Jeff is the Associate Director of the Photographers Alliance Workshops and a popular international tour leader. Jeff has been professionally photographing all manners of wildlife and birds in particular for the past 10 years. Jeff lives on the west coast of Florida and has spent probably too many hours in the field honing his skills. Jeffís website is www.jeffwendorff.com
 
Jim Chagares
Jim Chagares Jim Chagares is a professional photographer and owner of Chagares Photography in Richmond, Indiana. He has been awarded the Master of Photography, Master of Electronic Imaging, Photographic Craftsman and Certification degrees from Professional Photographers of America. He is also a nationally approved photographic exhibition judge with Professional Photographers of America. He cherishes his time in nature telling the story of animal behavior that most people rarely get to see. His experience in nature is valued more than the results of the day. Learn more about Jim at www.chagaresphotography.com
 
John Schwarz
Now retired, John Schwarz, M.D. practiced ophthalmology for many years on Boston’s north shore. Originally from the NY area, he now divides his time between the Connecticut shore and the east coast of south Florida. A lifetime devotee to nature and the great outdoors, John is an accomplished scuba diver and has traveled to numerous tropical islands. He has explored many of the U.S. National Parks and has rafted the Colorado and Snake Rivers and the Middle Fork of the Salmon. The technical advances of the digital age finally attracted him to the world of bird photography which he now pursues with a passion. Although his photo collection also includes the Galapagos, Ecuador, and Costa Rica, John’s primary focus is to capture photographically as many species as possible in North America. His North American species photo list is currently over 500 and growing. His favorite, most productive locations have been SE Arizona including Madera Canyon, Big Bend National Park in west Texas, and Alaska including the Pribilof Islands. John is always happy to help find local species for visiting birders – in Florida from November through May, and in Connecticut the remaining part of the year. You can view his prolific work on his website www.birdspix.com
 
Julianne Bockius
julianne bockius Julianne Bockius is a retired computer programmer. She lives in Delray Beach, FL, and has been concentrating on photography for the past four years. Her photographic interests are varied and include: digital art, children, portraiture, landscapes, flowers and wildlife, as well as birds. Her photographs have been displayed at the Palm Beach Photographic Museum and at the Cornell Museum of Fine Arts, where she was awarded the blue ribbon for photography. Samples of her photography are for sale at juliboc.dpcprints.com/
 
Keith Bauer
Keith BauerKeith Bauer currently resides in New Mexico. Photography has been an important part of his life since high school. His photo background includes portrait and wedding photography as well as nature photography. As an avid wildlife and nature photographer, Keith is always looking for new locations to visit to add to his extensive portfolio of images. He is an active judge at photo competitions in New Mexico as well as an instructor teaching workshops on avian photography at the world renowned Bosque Del Apache Wildlife Refuge. He?s won many awards with his images including first place in the Avian category of the Nature Photographers Network end of year competition for an image he captured at Bosque. Keith?s background in computer science provided a perfect match between computing and the world of digital photography as it matured. Keith is a member of the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA) and the National Association of Photoshop Professional (NAPP). You can view Keith's work at http://keithbauer.smugmug.com
 
Larry Selman
Larry Selman Larry Selman has been making photos since he set up a dark room in the basement as a teenager. "Photographing birds is my passion. I try to capture them in their natural surroundings, as they go about their business of everyday living. This means I must study their habitat, migration patterns, and habits, and patiently wait while they go about foraging, storing food, building nests, or caring for their young. For me, photographing birds is especially challenging, because they spend so little time in one place. They are literally moving targets." Larry Selman resides in Santa Cruz, CA and Bisbee, AZ. You can view more of his work at MostlyBirds.com
 
Lisa Williams
 
Matt VanWallene
Matt VanWallene Matt VanWallene, BS Quantitative Systems, MBA, CPA, was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands and has been a resident of Arizona since 1971. An avid outdoorsman, he has hiked more than 500 miles in Arizona including a rim-to-rim-to-rim in the Grand Canyon. A scout leader for 10 years and an Eagle Scout, birding is just a natural extension of his outdoor experience. He has been birding since 2008 and is most proud of his growing list of photographed yard birds. The opportunity to share one’s passion with the public through WhatBird is what the information highway was intended to do. Bird is a verb.
 
Nick Saunders
Nick Saunders Growing up in the South-east of England, Nick has always had a fascination for all things nature-related and spent many hours walking through the woods and exploring the beautiful countryside in awe of the local wildlife. In 2002 Nick emigrated to Saskatchewan, Canada where the wide-open prairies really opened up his eyes to a whole new life of birding and photography. Unfamiliar with the species, he poured over guides and joined the local nature society so that he would learn every bird in the Province, including their habits, calls and even flight characteristics. Taking part in bird counts in Spring, Fall and over the Christmas period also enabled him to learn even more, and taking his camera along eventually helped him to accumulate a large gallery of Canada's species to add to his portfolio. Nick's work has been published in magazines, books, calendars, newspapers and more recently, an upcoming 2-volume tome of Saskatchewan Birds. He also contributes to a regular column in a local newspaper entitled 'Nature Notes.' He also leads birding trips around the city and local regions, assisting and teaching amateur birders. www.saskbirder.com/
 
Peter Dunn
Peter Dunn Peter was born in Goole in the East Riding of Yorkshire and is a retired police sergeant with North Yorkshire Police, where he was wildlife liaison officer for the last 12 years of his service. He has been a keen birder for over 46 years and organised the setting up and running of the Filey Brigg Bird Observatory on the Yorkshire Coast, where he lives close by and looks after the bird ringing. He is a full trainer for the bird-ringing scheme in the UK. Peter has birded throughout most of England, Scotland and Wales, whilst overseas trips have included Spain, France, Poland, Hungary, Malta, Norway, the Balearic Islands, Morocco, Israel, South, Central and North America and the Caribbean and has led trips there since 2000. Peter's main interest is in the identification of Western Palaearctic species (and races) and he gives talks to local bird and natural history groups using his collection of wildlife photographs - another passion of his. Peter joined the staff of Naturetrek in 2011, responsible for the formatting of the tour reports and keeping tour checklists in order, as well as leading trips to his favourite places. Peter Dunn Photography
 
Peter LaTourrette
Peter LaTourrette Peter is a retired engineer whose love of the outdoors began in early childhood, segued into fly fishing and duck hunting in his teens, into birding as a young father, and finally into photographing wild birds. His bird photographs have appeared widely in various media. He currently serves as photo editor for Western Birds and as organizer for Bay Area Bird Photographers in Palo Alto.
 
Peter Stahl
Peter Stahl Peter Stahl resides near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and has always enjoyed photography as a hobby. For the last 5 years, he has been concentrating on obtaining the best nature photos that he could, especially bird pictures. Several of Peter's photos are featured in a local gallery and others have been included in bird guides. Since work has been getting in the way of his passion for photography, he is retiring to travel more, get out in the field and chase his dreams. Many of his photos can be viewed or purchased at www.pbase.com/decor
 
Stephen Ingraham
 
Steve Valentine
Steve Valentine Steve Valentine has been interested in all forms of wildlife since early childhood, but birds have always been his passion. An active birder for many years, he started digiscoping in the early 2000's, but quickly became frustrated by the lack of quality so moved to using SLR's soon afterwards. While still looking for that "one" shot, he has had many images published in magazines and periodicals and has had his own exhibition of a selection of his photographs in 2007. Steve lives and works in Warwick, England. You can view more of Steve's photos on his website: www.stevevalentine.co.uk
 
Steve Zamek
Steve Zamek Steve Zamek, a former software engineer, has been birding for several decades, but only recently decided to attempt to capture the beauty of birds on "film." He lives near some productive wetlands along the San Francisco Bay with his lovely wife Jane. You can view Steve's photos at www.FeatherLightPhoto.com
 
Photographer Liaison
 
Michelle Sixta
Michelle Sixta Michelle is an artist/photographer who enjoys transforming her photographs of nature into evocative digital abstracts. Her goal is to inspire others and communicate the important roll that art and nature play for all of us. Her avid bird watching days are in a holding pattern as she tends to being a mother to her 5-year old daughter and works to establish herself as a compelling voice in the art world. Meanwhile, she maintains her knowledge of all things avian by assisting the Mitch Waite Group in maintaining its photo and illustration libraries. See Michelle’s digital photo abstract collection at www.michellesixta.com
 
Audio Recordist
 
Martyn Stewart (Naturesound)
Born United Kingdom 1955, Martyn began his recording birds at the early age of 13 with a tape recorder. He steadily collected bird and animal sounds from all parts of the country and over a period of over 35 years has accumulated well over 50,000 recordings He has contributed his recordings to the London and Glasgow zoo exhibitions, BBC radio, NPR Radio, as well as conservation groups for bird sound reference tapes and compact disks. His extensive library of sounds at Naturesound.org includes bird calls of the endangered Hawaiian Crow to the incredible mimicry of the Lyrebirds of Australia.
 
 
SOURCES
 
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America, Fourth Edition, National Geographic Society, Copyright © 1999, Washington, DC, ISBN 0-7922-7451-2
 
The Sibley Guide to Birds, David Allen Sibley, National Audubon Society, Copyright © 2000, Alfred A. Knopf, Publisher, New York, NY, ISBN 0-679-45122-6
 
Smithsonian Birds of North America, Fred J. Alsop III, Copyright © 2001, DK Publishing Inc., New York, NY ISBN 0-7894-8001-8
 
A Field Guide to Western Birds: A Completely New Guide to Field Marks of All Species Found in North America West of the 100th Meridian and North of Mexico, Roger Tory Peterson, Copyright © 1990, Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, NY ISBN 0-618-13218-X
 
National Audubon Society Field Guides to North American Birds, Western Region, Miklos D. F. Udavardy, Copyright © 1994, Alfred A. Knopf, Publisher, New York, NY ISBN 0-679-42851-8
 
National Audubon Society Field Guides to North American Birds, Eastern Region, John Bull and John Farrand, Jr., Copyright © 1994, Alfred A. Knopf, Publisher, New York, NY ISBN 0-679-42852-6
 
Birds of North America, Kaufman Focus Guides, Kenn Kaufman, Copyright © 2000, Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, NY ISBN 0-618-13219-8
 
American Bird Conservancy's Field Guide All the Birds of North America, Jack L. Griggs, Copyright © 1997, Harper Collins, New York, NY ISBN 0-06-273028-2
 
Birds of Northern California, Lone Pine Field Guide, David Fix, Andy Bezener, Copyright © 2000, Lone Pine Publishing, Renton, WA ISBN 1-55105-227-X

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