Stephen Kress - Steve 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 and 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. He is also Manager of National Audubon's Maine Coastal Island Sanctuaries. He was Ornithology Instructor at the Audubon Camp in Maine on Hog Island from 1969 through 1981, was the Director of the Camp from 1982 through 1986, and is currently serving as the Director once again. He is a Laboratory Associate at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY, where he teaches a very popular annual birding course called Spring Field Ornithology.
Jen Brumfield - Birds have captured Jen’s soul since she could first walk. She eagerly ingested every field guide to birds that she could lay hands on, and spent an insatiable amount of time in the field. Awe, respect, and fascination for birds and birding, and the natural world, led her to travel widely guiding birding tours throughout the states. Jen is a full time naturalist and outdoor educator for Cleveland Metroparks, author of several natural history field guides and a rep with Leica’s Birding Optics Prostaff team. Her natural history illustrations have appeared widely in journals, magazines, field guides and beyond. Currently residing in Cleveland, Ohio, she spreads the joy of urban birding opportunities and runs thrilling boat trips on the open waters of Lake Erie seeking rarities left and right.
Sharon Stiteler (Birdchick) was given a Peterson Field Guide to Birds when she was seven years old and snapped, she loves birds, it’s just the way she’s wired. Since 1997, she has made it her goal to get paid to go birding. She runs the popular birding blog, Birdchick.com and has been in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, All Things Considered and on NBC Nightly News as well as making regular appearances on Twin Cities’ TV and radio stations. She’s an international speaker and her writing can has been found in several publications and online including WildBird Magazine, Outdoor News, Birds & Blooms, Minnesota Public Radio and National Audubon. She wrote the books Disapproving Rabbits, City Birds/Country Birds and 1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know, is #32 in the Geek A Week Trading Card set and works as a National Park Ranger. When she’s not digiscoping or banding birds, she’s a blue ribbon beekeeper. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram under Birdchick.