Kenn Kaufman is an American author, artist,
naturalist, and conservationist, known for his work on several popular field
guides of birds and butterflies in North America. Born in South Bend,
Indiana, Kaufman started birding from the age of six. When he was nine, his
family moved to Wichita, Kansas, where his fascination with birds
intensified. At age sixteen, inspired by birding pioneers such as Roger Tory
Peterson, he dropped out of high school and began hitchhiking around North
America in pursuit of birds. Three years later, in 1973, he nearly set the
record for the most North American bird species seen in one year while
participating in a Big Year, a year-long birding competition. However, this
record included regions like Baja California that are no longer
ornithologically considered part of North America and has since been
surpassed. His cross-country birding journey, covering some eighty thousand
miles, was eventually recorded in a memoir, Kingbird Highway.
David LaPuma is the Director of the Cape May Bird Observatory, in Cape May, NJ. David has over a decade of research experience on topics ranging from using radar to quantify stopover habitat for migrating birds, to conservation of the endangered Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow in the Florida Everglades. David is the former Product Specialist, Birding & Nature Markets, for Leica Sport Optics, USA. A talented teacher and natural leader, David has developed and delivered educational and instructional material to thousands of students, from ages five to 95. One of his greatest strengths is using his personal experience and social networking skills to bring diverse individuals together to work toward common goals.