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.