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					Sandy Anderson

Sandy Anderson is the owner of Grey Hawk Nature Center on the San Pedro River near the
ghost town of Charleston. A major focus of the Center is educating the public about
wildlife. The animals reside at the Center but also travel to classroom outreach programs
and events. Gray Hawk Nature Center exists to facilitate awareness, appreciation, and
responsibility for the natural world through environmental and outdoor education. The
programs are for anyone interested in learning more about the environment, the outdoors,
and themselves. Sandy is self taught on a wide variety of natural history subjects. She
originally moved to Arizona over 30 years ago to do bird guiding in the Sierra Vista Area.

Jeff Babson

Jeff Babson developed an interest in birds and native animals early in life and attended
Arizona State University in pursuit of a degree in marine biology – but decided to
foreswear the classroom in favor of “independent” field studies. He moved to Andros
where he became fascinated by community ecology – the effects of weather, topography,
and habitat on familiar and exotic bird species. While working on Andros he took an
extended vacation to do an internship at the Southwestern Research Station in the
Chiricahuas. He was introduced to another natural paradise. While there he made the
acquaintance of Painted Redstarts, Mexican Jays, Blue-throated Hummingbirds, Javelinas,
Black-tailed Rattlesnakes, and many other species. He then realized he had to move to
southern Arizona as soon as possible. Fortunately, a few years later the opportunity to
move presented itself and he and his wife leapt at it.

When he moved to Arizona he worked at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) in
the Department of Mammalogy and Ornithology. That enabled him to teach courses at the
University of Arizona (U of A) and Pima Community College. He led field trips for ASDM,
the U of A, the Tucson Audubon Society, Tucson Botanical Gardens, and others. He has
also conducted fieldwork in Arizona on the importance of the saguaro cactus to the avian
community. In Mexico, he assisted on hummingbird migration studies, concentrating on the
Rufous Hummingbird. Jeff is proud to have met many other fantastic animals since then.
He feels as though he lives in the Holy Land of U.S. natural history: Madera Canyon, the
Huachucas, the Chiricahuas, the San Pedro River, the list goes on. Jeff feels extremely
fortunate to live near places that he had read about for decades, places renowned for the
biological wealth that they harbor. Jeff looks forward to sharing these places, and the
treasures they contain, with you.
Rich Bailowitz

Rich Bailowitz was born and raised in New York and was smart enough to move to Arizona
in 1974, already a seasoned birder and entomologist. He finished his MS in Entomology
from the University of Arizona in 1985. His publications, of which he is senior author,
include Butterflies of Southeastern Arizona (1991), 70 Common Butterflies of the
Southwest (1997), and Finding Butterflies in Arizona (2007). He has also written numerous
popular and peer-reviewed journal articles over the years. His most recent project is The
Dragonflies and Damselflies of Arizona and Sonora, co-authored with Doug Danforth and
Sandy Upson.

Ron Beck

Ron Beck is a recent resident of Hereford AZ. He has been birding for over 45 years,
beginning at the age of 12. Over the years, his passion for birding exposed him to the
great outdoors, where he developed a love for reptiles, mammals and insects as well as
natural history. He started leading bird and nature walks when he was 14, as a member of
the Audubon Student Naturalists, and continues to enjoy leading, teaching and learning
about birds, mammals, reptiles and nature whenever the opportunity arises. Ron’s love of
natural history led him to study biology, and the natural sciences in college, where he
focused on entomology, herpetology and oceanography. Throughout the years, he has
participated in breeding bird surveys, as well as research projects for the National Parks,
including the Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands “Loggerhead Shrike Survey”, and the So
California “Grasshopper Sparrow Survey”. He has birded throughout the US, Canada,
Mexico, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand. He is an accomplished
nature/bird artist, rendering most of his subjects in pen and ink drawings. While born and
raised in So. California, Ron has been birding SE AZ for almost 40 years, often spending
entire summers in the Chiricahua, Huachuca and Santa Rita mountains, studying the birds,
insects and reptiles; and soaking in the summer monsoons. It is his love of SE AZ that
recently brought him and his wife Janet to the area to live, upon their retirement.

Robert Behrstock

Bob Behrstock is a nature photographer, writer and tour leader living in SE Arizona. He
has led birding and nature tours for nearly 30 years, primarily in North and Latin America.
He has compiled Christmas Bird Counts in Mexico and participated in biological surveys
including the development of birding and wildlife trails in several different states. As a
full-time tour leader, he birded throughout the U.S., many countries in Latin America, and
in the Old World. Besides taping and photographing birds in many countries, butterfly and
dragonfly photography have taken him to all corners of the U.S. and several parts of
Mexico. Bob has authored or co-authored nearly 50 popular and scientific papers
concerning fishes, birds, dragonflies, and butterflies in the U.S. and Latin America, and
prepared several of the family accounts for The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior. His
bird and insect photos appear in books, newspapers, and magazines including: Audubon,
Smithsonian, Birding, WildBird, American Butterflies, and the Handbook of Birds of the
World. He is a co-author of Birdlife of Houston, Galveston, and the Upper Texas Coastand
Finding Birds on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail and has just finished an
introductory guide to Southwestern dragonflies. Bob enjoys birding with tour participants
of all skill levels and is equally happy pointing his spotting scope at other creatures.

Howard Buchannan

Howard is an Arizona native dedicated to interpretation, education, and science in riparian
communities of the Pimeria Alta. He is a permitted bander researching Hummingbirds at
Sonoita Creek State Natural Area and has worked and volunteered for State Parks in
various capacities.

Mike Foster

Mike has been making videos about southern Arizona and Sonora, Mexico for the last ten
years. He has posted over 100 educational videos about the flora, fauna and cultural
history of the region. Much of his work has been done with the Friends of the San Pedro
River. He also works as the interpretive person for the Friends of the Huachuca
Mountains at the Carr House Information Center. He has done significant work for the El
Pinicate and Sierra Alamos Rio Cuchujaqui Reserves in Sonora and some of his work
appears on the Guadalupe Mountain and Organ Pipe Cactus National Park web pages in the
US. He has lived in Bisbee for the last 30 years where he maintains a large Madrean pine-
oak-woodland garden.

Richard Fray

Born in England, and encouraged by a wildlife-mad household, Richard has been birding
since he was big enough to hold binoculars. He moved to SE Arizona in 2002 and has since
formed Fun Birding Tours (, a birding guide and tour service.
Birding has taken Richard around Britain, Europe and Asia, and more recently North, South
and Central America. A dedicated conservationist, Richard has served as a volunteer and
board member for various organizations in the U.K. and U.S.A., including Tucson Audubon
Society. He’s a keen amateur photographer whose works have appeared in both U.S. and
British birding journals.

Homer Hansen

Homer Hansen, the author of the G.I.S.S. Series bird identification guides, has been bird
watching in the southwest since 1995. He especially enjoys the challenges and learning
posed by the difficult groups of birds and continues to learn about the secrets to bird
identification. Homer is a native of Willcox, Arizona and is chairman of the annual Wings
Over Willcox Birding & Nature Festival ( He feels fortunate to
have grown up surrounded by Sandhill Cranes in winter and Cassin's Sparrows in summer.
Homer has presented numerous workshops on sparrows, raptors, flycatchers, warblers, and
bird ecology and is the course instructor for the Tucson Audubon Society's Moving to
Mastery birding workshops. He is also a regular presenter and trip leader for other
Arizona birding festivals. Homer earned his B.S. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the
University of Arizona and is now the president and owner of Aplomado Environmental LLC
( providing services to characterize and remove contaminants from soil
and groundwater.

Heidi Lauchstedt

Heidi is a biologist, an avid birder, and life-long natural history student. She currently
works as a Cave Ranger for Arizona State Parks (ASP) as well as monitoring bird
populations on ASP’s Natural Areas . She is a permitted bander researching Hummingbirds
at Sonoita Creek State Natural Area. Prior to employment at State Parks she led birding
and natural history trips throughout Southern Arizona, Belize and Veracruz, Mexico for
three years for Geronimo Educational Foundation. Previously Heidi has also led trips for
the Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival. She has a passion for finding birds and
sharing knowledge while showing people around this uniquely diverse and beautiful part of

Jennie MacFarland

As an employee of the Tucson Audubon Society, Jennie coordinates the Arizona Important
Bird Areas Program and coordinates the Tucson Bird Count. She leads many Tucson
Audubon field trips and trips for various Arizona festivals. A resident of Tucson from a
young age, she loves the birds and nature of Arizona and cannot believe her luck at living in
such an excellent place for birding! Besides birding, Jennie enjoys reading and many other
"geek chic" activities.
Vivian MacKinnon

Vivian was raised in the black-water swamps of north Florida, graduated with a degree in
Anthropology and Environmental Sciences from Florida State University, and headed west
the next day! While serving in AmeriCorps at Saguaro National Park, she was required to
attend a birding tour. One look at a Black-throated Sparrow through a cheap pair of
binoculars was all it took to get her hooked. She promptly began studying the birds of
southeastern Arizona and began leading natural history and birding tours for area
environmental organizations. She has been guiding natural history and birding tours in
southeast Arizona for the past 18 years and especially enjoys introducing beginning
birders to the Sonoran Desert region and its wildlife.

Karen Krebbs

Karen is a Conservation Biologist at the Center for Sonoran Desert Studies, Arizona-
Sonora Desert Museum. Karen has experience in surveying birds and mammals of the
Sonoran Desert with an emphasis on birds and bats. Supervisory experience for employees,
contractors, and volunteers. Conducted education workshops and seminars on birds &
mammals for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM), local schools (AZ. & Mexico),
Tucson Audubon Society, Pima County Parks & Recreation, University of Arizona
Elderhostel, National Park Service, AZ. Game & Fish Department, U.S Fish & Wildlife
Service, yearly bird festivals (Wings Over Willcox, S.W. Wings, etc.), University of
Arizona Extended University, Tucson Unified School District, and local bird groups
(Tucson & Phoenix Aviculture Society, etc.). Has led natural history trips in Arizona, New
Mexico, Texas, Mexico, Baja, Costa Rica, and Africa. Initiated and maintained strong
working relationships with state and federal partner agencies (AZ. Game & Fish Dept., U.S.
Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, AZ. State
Parks, Department of Defense, City of Tucson, Pima County, etc.), University of Arizona
researchers, private contractors, and land owners during field projects and grant work.
Has obtained over $500,000 in grants for bird and bat research in Arizona and northern
Mexico. Completed progress and yearly reports and maintained budgets for grants.
Presented research results at conferences, meetings, and seminars. Karen has a B.Sc. in
Wildlife Biology & Management, 1986, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona and has done
Graduate Studies in Wildlife Ecology, 1991-1993, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Ted Mouras
Ted Mouras is a retired Army officer and former engineer for SAIC. He has lived in
Cochise County off and on since 1976 and has a great interest in the natural history of the
region. His hobbies include hiking, biking, painting, and writing. He is the past-president of
the Friends of the San Pedro River, a docent at the Ramsey Canyon Preserve, and compiler
for the Ramsey Canyon Christmas Bird Count. He and his wife Melanie enjoy travel and
currently reside in Ash Canyon, just south of Sierra Vista.

Scott Olmstead

Scott has been interested in birds and wildlife for as long as he can remember but he did
not "get serious" about birding until about the age of 20, when he was studying at the
University of Richmond in Virginia. After finishing a BA in Latin American Studies and
Spanish in 2003 he took his first trip to the Neotropics, spending three months in Costa
Rica, and becoming almost immediately hooked on Neotropical birds. A few years and a
couple of trips later, Scott began his professional guiding career in 2006 as a naturalist
guide at Rio Tigre Lodge in Costa Rica, and a short time later began leading tours for
Tropical Birding. He has also spent two months in the volunteer guide program at Cristalino
Jungle Lodge, in the Brazilian Amazon. Since becoming a full-time tour leader, Scott has
become an avid digiscoper and in 2007 he began taking videos through his scope as well.

Vincent Pinto

Vincent Pinto, a Naturalist and Wildlife Biologist, has been teaching people of all ages
about the Natural World for over 22 years. He has led individuals and groups throughout
the country on trips of discovery on a myriad of topics - Bird-watching, Ethnobotany,
Tracking, Wildlife Safaris, Stone-age Skills, Astronomy, Wilderness Survival Skills and
more. Vincent and his wife, Claudia, run Raven's Way Wild Journeys, an Outdoor
Environmental School, dedicated to raising environmental awareness through experiential
programs in Natural History, Habitat Restoration, and Stone-age/Survival Skills. Together
they own two Nature Sanctuaries. Their 42 acres by Lake Patagonia houses a large Nature
Center, miles of hiking trails, and a campground for Nature-lovers. Their 50+acre land in
the foothills of the Chiricahua Mountains contains an authentic stone-age encampment:

Mark Pretti

Mark Pretti is a perpetual student of nature as well as a humble teacher focusing on birds,
general natural history, and conservation. In addition to the birds of southeast Arizona
and the neotropics, my other interests and areas of expertise include the identification
and ecology of plants, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects, with a particular interest
in ecological relationships and conservation. I worked as the naturalist at The Nature
Conservancy's Ramsey Canyon Preserve from 1997 to 2004, and in my free time, have
moonlighted as field trip coordinator and trip leader for the Southwest Wings Birding and
Nature Festival, board member and trip leader for the Huachuca Audubon Society, and
office manager, trip leader, and head dishwasher for Mark Pretti Nature Tours. I've had
the good fortune both with the Conservancy and as a freelance environmental educator to
have provided nature-based education programs for hundreds of students in southern
Arizona, including ten years of summer nature camps for local kids. I've also enjoyed
improving my Spanish by doing similar programs with students in Sonora, Mexico. I've
worked as a birding and natural history guide at the Cristalino Jungle Lodge in the
southern Amazon as well as in other locations in Mato Grosso, Brazil for three months in
2004 and again for four months in 2006. In addition to our Brazilian travels, we've had
the good fortune in recent years to have made about 50 trips to Mexico, several dozen
trips to Belize, and trips to Ecuador, Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, and Uganda where
we've greatly enjoyed seeing, enjoying, and learning about the birds and natural history of
these wonderful places. I have a B.S. in Zoology and have led birding and natural history
trips in Arizona and south of the border since 1997.

Kate Scott

Kate is an animal nurse, wildlife preservationist, and environmental educator working from
her heart and spirit to guide the community to live in right relationship with their wild
neighbors. Living lightly on Mother Earth at Birdland Ranch in the Huachuca Mountains
with her husband Tony and their four legged family, Billie, Tom, Beaber and Frida.

Robert Weissler

Robert is the Executive Director of the Friends of the San Pedro River. Robert served on
its Board of Directors for over ten years prior to that. He is a passionate advocate for
protecting the natural and cultural resources of our local public lands. For most of his
career, Robert has been a software engineer working for the RAND Corporation for over
25 years and later for a local defense contractor. His personal interests include outdoor
pursuits like birding, bicycling, hiking, gardening, and foreign travel.

Joe Woodley

Joe Woodley has been living and birding in Arizona for more than 17 years. He moved to
the Sierra Vista area about seven years ago to be closer to some of Arizona’s best birding
hot spots. In 2006, he compiled a list of 200 bird species seen within walking distance of
his home. Joe works as an actuary and is also an enthusiastic bird photographer.

Rob van Zandt

Rob originally hales from Houston and has been a gung-ho birder since '86. Some, would
call him a power birder. The Upper Texas Coast is a great place to begin birding. Rob
moved to AZ. in 2001 and built his home at Patagonia Lake Ranch.    He has guided for
Arizona State Parks at Patagonia Lake as a seasonal ranger, and he is now with the State
Parks Development Section. Rob is an area leader on the Nogales CBC (my area is Patagonia
Lake and surrounding areas), for 10 years, and was compiler for the San Blas, Nayarit, CBC
for two years, in 2003 and 2004.

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