Dennis Eagan has been studying the natural world his entire life as both a wilderness guide and outdoor educator. He has worked for Outward Bound, the Alaska Mountain Safety Center, and the Wilderness Studies Program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Currently, he directs advanced study yoga programs and offers workshops and wilderness retreats that blend yoga with ecology. In addition, he teaches kayaking for Current Adventure Kayak School in Coloma, California.
Current Book Projects:
In the Wake of the Aleut is a personal narrative on his explorations of the Gulf of Alaska by kayak.
Nina is a botanical artist and quilt maker living in Sonoma County. She has a degree in Fine Art from San Francisco State University and has a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from the New York Botanical Gardens. Her quilts have won numerous awards and her botanical paintings have been exhibited in New York and at the Huntington Library and Filoli Gardens. She teaches Drawing Nature classes at the college level and at art institutes all over California. She is a docent at Bouverie preserve in Glen Ellen and is also the developer of PCQuilt, Design Software for quilt makers. She works in colored pencil, graphite, watercolor and fabric. www.pcquilt.com/botanicals.htm
A native Californian, Sean received his Bachelor of Arts in commercial photography from Brooks Institute in 1991, began his business thereafter combining outdoor, on-location, and studio photography. To date he’s shot over a million images, written numerous articles, and currently working on a tv show on photography.
Sean has traveled around much of the US, and international locations including Canada, Mexico, Southeast Asia, and South America, and the UK. He has backpacked over mountain ranges, helicoptered above jungles, ridden horseback across plains, traversed mountain ranges, rafted down rivers, mountain biked along forest trails, sailed on oceans, and hung over cliffs, all to capture images he and his clients were in search of. Having lived in Iran in the 70s, he calls the San Francisco Bay Area home, base camp for all his travels.
Mike’s work is in a constant state of growth as he enjoys pushing his knowledge to the absolute limit. He has won awards in several national venues and is president emeritus of the National Watercolor Society (NWS). Those who have been in his workshops or classes often repeat them in order to be around his stimulating teaching and supportive guidance. Almost annually, he leads painting groups to exciting European painting retreat destinations. The awards he has received, the articles in magazines and his art featured in painting books are a testament to his continuous pursuit of excellence. His paintings are held in private and corporate collections in the US, Europe and Australia. Mike resides with his wife, Diana, in a Santa Cruz California. www.mebaileyart.com
Well known to children as “Sharon Heron”, Sharon has taught environmental education for over 15 years in Marin and internationally. A native of Upstate New York, she has a BA in Environmental Studies and a MS in Education. Sharon teaches science at Marin Country Day School and is the Beginning Hiking instructor for College of Marin. She is the co-founder of Marin Nature Adventures, the 2011 Terwilliger Environmental Award winner and Vice President of The River Otter Ecology Project. She has volunteered with many organizations including The Marine Mammal Center, SPAWN, Point Reyes National Seashore, and served as Director for Marin Audubon Society. www.MarinNature.com
Peter was first introduced to nature awareness and primitive skills by Tom Brown Jr. in 1987 and since then he has been learning, practicing and enthusiastically sharing these time-tested skills and activities. He has enjoyed working with school and scouting groups, nature preserve docents, bass guitar players, and others in places like New Jersey’s Pine Barrens, Tennessee’s rolling hills, and coastal California. Peter is associated with the Regenerative Design Nature awareness and Riekes Center for Human Enhancement. Currently Peter is the director of Outside in Nature youth and adult programs based at Tara Firma Farms in Petaluma, Ca. www.outsideinnature.com
Kathy is a well-known dragonfly enthusiast, the author of 3 dragonfly guides, one dragonfly color & learn book, the creator of California Odonata website and the CalOdes discussion group. She teaches classes throughout the West about the Odonates and how to create ponds for wildlife. Her newest endeavor, the EBook Dragonflies of California and the Greater Southwest, will be available in spring 2012.
Frank is a professional interpretive planner who has helped enhance visitor experiences at Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Mount St. Helens, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, and numerous California State Parks. He is the author of Point Reyes and the San Andreas Fault Zone: The Aerial Photography of Robert Campbell. In 2004 he was named Volunteer of the Year, Pacific West Region of the National Park Service, for his pro bono help assisting National Seashore biologists with tule elk and snowy plover studies. In his younger years, Frank explored and mapped caves throughout the world. Today he enjoys using his science background and interpretive guiding skills to help people make personal connections to the special places, unique stories and priceless resources of Point Reyes National Seashore.
Susan Bono is a northern California freelance editor, writing teacher and publisher of Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative www.tiny-lights.com. She serves on the boards of the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference and Petaluma Readers Theatre and edits the Noyo River Review. Her own work has appeared online, on stage, in anthologies, newspapers, and on the radio. She’s currently at work on a collection of essays about the meaning of home.
Sarah has been birding with her dad since she was five. She is a graduate in Wildlife Biology from UC Davis and has studied birds in Washington and Mexico as well as close to home. She is a biologist for Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District, and has recently become a new mom.
David has been collecting, studying, eating, teaching and writing about wild mushrooms for over 40 years. He served more than a decade on council for the Mycological Society of San Francisco (MSSF), including 2 terms as president. Primarily focused on edible and poisonous mushrooms, he leads numerous fungal forays for MSSF and the Sonoma Mycological Association (SOMA). David is active with the San Francisco Poison Control Center for mushroom poisoning incident response in the greater Bay Area. He served as foray leader and event facilitator for several years at author David Arora’s annual mycological field seminars. An expert mycophagist (one who safely eats a wide variety of wild mushrooms) and experienced outdoor group foray leader, David Campbell is Foray Director for Wild About Mushrooms Company, guiding organized wild mushroom adventures, locally and afar. He also has his own company, MycoVentures, expanding his horizons to include ever further reaches; including fungal forays to Oregon and the Colorado Rockies, and truffle tours in Italy.
Cathleen has been fascinated with Bay Area Ecology for 30 years. She has been the Education Specialist for ACR Bouverie Preserve, Community Education instructor for college of Marin, & Science Education consultant for numerous elementary schools. As a volunteer she contributed 22 years to Audubon Canyon Ranch, 10+ years to Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association Beach Watch, and 11 years to Plankton Sampling for State Department of Public Health. Cathleen is a warm, zealous teacher with a great sense of humor!
A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in 1983, Bill Cone has been painting landscapes for the last 14 years, often in the East Bay hills, with yearly pack trips into the Sierra. His work has been exhibited in group and solo shows throughout California. His “day job” is as a Production Designer for Pixar Animation Studios, where he has done hundreds of pastel lighting studies for films. He has also taught classes on lighting and color at Pixar for the last 10 years. He blogs at www.billcone.blogspot.com.
Gary began taking pictures while in college. After graduation, a twist of fate led him to the studio of renowned photographer Galen Rowell, where he managed the Stock Department of Mountain Light Photography for nine years. His client and publication credits include the National Geographic Society, New York Times, Forbes Magazine, TIME, Victoria’s Secret, The North Face, Sunset, L.L. Bean, Subaru, and The Nature Conservancy. He has seven books to his credit, including the award-winning The California Coast (2001). His latest book is Photographing California; Vol. 1 – North. His photographic prints & murals are included in both private and corporate collections. To see more of Gary’s work, visit his web site at www.enlightphoto.com
Harold Davis is a well-known digital artist and award-winning professional photographer. He is the author of many photography books. His most recent titles are The Way of the Digital Photographer (Peachpit) and Monochromatic HDR Photography (Focal Press).
In addition to his activity as a bestselling book author, Harold is a featured columnist for Photo.net. He is a Zeiss Lens Ambassador and has been acknowledged as a Moab Master printmaker. His limited edition artist book Botanique was featured most recently in Fine Art Printing, the only magazine devoted exclusively to fine art photographic printmaking. Harold’s work is widely collected, licensed by art publishers, and has appeared in numerous magazines and other publications.
Harold’s technique and destination photography workshops to such diverse locations as Paris, France; Heidelberg, Germany; and the ancient Bristlecone Pines of the eastern Sierra Nevada are widely popular and usually sell out quickly.
Wendy has been teaching the popular class Meandering in Marin at College of Marin since 1998. She taught for Terwilliger Nature Education in the early ‘90s, and currently teaches nature education classes for children at various elementary schools in Marin County. In recognition of her work inspiring both children and adults, she was awarded the Terwilliger Environmental Award.
Who’s Michael? A trip participant says it this way: “Start with an encyclopedic knowledge of all the sciences, especially botany, biology and etymology, add the ability to articulate this knowledge rapid fire in lay terms, laced with humorous anecdotes; add genuine love of nature and teaching—Michael combines all these ingredients to enthuse people about nature”. As well as leading his own natural history forays, Michael also guides trips for a number of Bay Area organizations. His B.S. in Botany and Masters in Marine Biology are the foundation for his lifelong process of gathering information from travels throughout the natural world. He is a regular contributor to the KQED-FM Perspective Series. www.footlooseforays.com
David is a free-lance photographer and a professor at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University, with a specialty in narrative theory—investigating the components of storytelling—something that influences his photography and writing. David photographs and writes for various magazines, including Popular Photography, Professional Photographer, Outdoor Photographer, Shutterbug, newspapers, and online publications. David is currently at work on a handful of books. His most recent books include Animals of Ohio’s Ponds and Vernal Pools and Curious Critters. One of four Sigma Pro photographers in North America, his works have been exhibited at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the National Center for Nature Photography, and at the Telluride Photo Festivals, among other venues. www.fitzsimmonsphotography.com
James Freed, a skilled draftsman and painter, also has a background in architectural design. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, James grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He returned to southern California to attend Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After earning a BFA in Art Center's Illustration program in 1992, he worked as an artist and animator in the software industry for several years before switching to exhibit design. He currently runs his own exhibit design firm and teaches and paints.
“I'm interested in how people interact with the landscape through the built environment. My work tends to show landscapes with evidence of human interaction, buildings, boats, vehicles, and the like, but not so much the people themselves. The amazing way that light plays on the form of structures has always fascinated me. I like how our structures change over time, how they weather, and how buildings are affected by their environment. They are metaphors for human life.”
James teaches drawing and design to both graduate and undergraduate students at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he has been an adjunct professor since 1995. He also works with students through drawing and painting workshops that he offers through his website. James loves drawing and painting, especially outdoors, and is an avid hiker, swimmer, cyclist, and climber. He recently earned a masters degree in Education from Sonoma State University.
Andrea has been working as a naturalist and environmental educator for the past 19 years. She has extensive experience teaching in the outdoors and has comprehensive knowledge of the natural sciences, with special expertise in Botany, Ecology, Marine Biology and Phycology (the study of seaweed). Andrea has been a Board member of the California Native Plant Society and has led Botany and Ethnobotany walks as well as Marine Biology/Tidepool outings for many years. She is a member of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers Association, loves star-gazing and sharing her knowledge of the night sky with others. She has a master’s Degree in Natural History and Environmental Studies and is also a poet, a storyteller and plays the Celtic harp.
Harry, a resident of Ashland, Oregon is an active volunteer with Rogue Valley Audubon Society and Klamath Bird Observatory. Harry was a long-time San Francisco resident and birder where he led numerous professional and volunteer trips in that area, and is a founding member of the San Francisco Field Ornithologists. Mr. Fuller has taught classes on early American ornithology, bird song and field identification at the California Academy of Sciences, local Audubon groups and Point Reyes Field Institute. He’s also written and published Now and Then, a history of changes in San Francisco’s natural habitats and wildlife since the earliest written records. His pieces on birding West Coast locations have also appeared in WildBird magazine.
Chris is the Head Frog at Tree Frog Treks, which he founded in 1999. He received his undergraduate degree in zoology from U.C. Berkeley and his Master’s degree in biology from San Francisco State University. He has been active in the area of education since 1989, teaching science at the kindergarten through adult level. Working as a professional biologist, he has had the opportunity to study lizards in the Dominican Republic, coral reef fish off of Lizard Island in Australia and amphibians and reptiles in many areas throughout California. He has worked with Gary Fellars on the Global Amphibian decline task force here in Point Reyes, studied San Francisco garter snakes in San Mateo County, and is presently involved in local amphibian restoration projects.
Doreen has a Master’s in marine science and has worked at The Marine Mammal Center since 1995 as Assistant Director of Education. At the Center, she teaches marine science to groups of all ages and trains hundreds of volunteers in marine mammal natural history. Additionally, Doreen has lead natural history tours for various organizations since 1991 and leads whale watching trips locally and abroad.
Growing up in Maryland, my brother Rob introduced me to birds when he showed me a Cedar Waxwing near our home in Maryland.
My mother Janice, a deeply talented woman, bestowed upon her six children an appreciation of art. Through her work, teaching skills and the abundance of art books, our home was a sanctuary of creativity. I took up illustrating birds in 1976, my senior year of high school.
I explored California as a young man, focusing on the Central Valley, the Sierra Nevada and the coast of central and northern California. I expanded my horizons toward tropical Mexico and Central America. Explorations throughout the tropical Pacific, the Andes, Galapagos and the Amazon pushed my sphere of experience further. Working on the Farallons, for the Point Reyes Bird Observatory and at the Bolinas Field Station, introduced me to Marin County’s Point Reyes Peninsula.
I have illustrated for various organizations and publications, including books, scientific journals, magazines, newsletters and logos. In addition, I have worked on murals, taught drawing classes, had art shows, bird symposiums and produced private commissions.
For the past 14 years, I have been illustrating a book entitled, “Birds of the Sierra Nevada: Their Natural History”, authored by Ted Beedy and Ed Pandolfino.
Keith’s "Wildlife Gallery” is located in Bolinas, where people are welcome to visit and view my art on display.
Bill has been a free-lance photographer since 1976, specializing in nature, travel, and architecture. He is represented by three major stock photo agencies and his work has appeared in hundreds of publications worldwide, including Audubon, Bay Nature, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic publications, Ranger Rick, Sierra, and Sunset. Since 1980 Bill has taught photography through Acalanes Adult Education Center, and more recently through Walnut Creek Civic Arts Education and other venues. He has also been a contributing editor for Darkroom Photography magazine. While he shoots heavily in color, his widely-exhibited fine art landscape work has been mostly in black and white, and since 2000, mostly in black and white infrared. www.billhelsel.com
Joan paints landscapes and birds of the American west. She has taught through PRNSA for ten years including drawing and woodblock classes. She celebrates forty years as a professional painter and enjoys mentoring painters and directing them how to follow their goals. She teaches about techniques, the basics of painting, composition and warm and cool colors. She lectures on the history of American landscape painting, and National Parks. She exhibits at the Portico Gallery, Santa Barbara: White Hart Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO: Cow Canyon Trading Post, Bluff, UT. She hosts painting retreats in remote locations; Sorensen’s Resort, High Sierras; & Steamboat Springs, CO. She recently moved to Vermont, expanding her painting locations and teaching venues! See her paintings at www.joanhoffmann.com and birdingwithwatercolors.blogspot.com
Lisa is a freelance naturalist and contract biologist. She is an experienced birder in the North Bay area whose frequent haunts include Bolinas Lagoon, Point Reyes National Seashore and Bodega Bay. She teaches bird identification classes for the community education program at the College of Marin. She is also an energetic co-leader for Shearwater Journeys Pelagic Tours. She served as President of the Redwood Region Ornithological Society for two years. Lisa also received the Madrone Audubon Society Martha Bentley & Ernestine Smith Award for Dedication to Wildlife Conservation. She is the author of the self-running educational CD Feather-Watching: An Interactive CD Guide for Studying Birds in the Field and loves to share her knowledge of and enthusiasm for the natural world with others. www.lisahugsnorthbaybirds.com
John is a geologist for the California EPA (DTSC) in Berkeley. He has conducted geology and environmental projects throughout the western US from Colorado to Alaska to Midway Island and throughout California. He received his Master’s degree from Western Washington University and his doctorate from the Colorado School of Mines. In addition, he enjoys teaching at Diablo Valley College and has lead field trips in the SF Bay region as well as to Big Sur and the Eastern Sierra for UC Berkeley Extension. Doris Sloan and John collaborated on the “Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region.” John is an avid hiker, mountain biker, and backpacker who enjoys photography.
Blue Waters Kayaking has the honor of introducing people of all ages and abilities to the natural wonders of kayaking. We see people delight at the thrill of their first paddle, rejoice with wonder as they serenely cross Tomales Bay under the glow of the full moon and beam with excitement as they load their kayak for a camping trip on a secluded beach. Beginning with the Coast Miwok, the shores of Tomales Bay have been inhabited by people for over 5,000 years. Although the Bay has undergone tremendous changes over the centuries, Blue Waters Kayaking is dedicated to preserving Tomales Bay. All of our kayak programs emphasize environmental awareness and will introduce you to the Bay’s unique ecosystem, stunning beauty and romantic appeal.
Carol is a marine ecologist specializing in marine birds and mammals. Her undergraduate degree is in education and she holds a Master’s Degree in Marine Science at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in California. For more than 20 years she has been involved in at-sea research and has a strong interest in the ecology of the California Current System. She is a founding board member and researcher with Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge. Her current research involves the Black-footed albatross and conservation actions that address impacts of plastic marine debris. For the past six years she has served on the Sanctuary Advisory Council for Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary in California.
Charles, from San Anselmo, Marin County, is a long-time student of central California-Indian-technique twined and coiled baskets, as well as of several European techniques including bee-hive weaving. He has been giving presentations and workshops on traditional uses of native plants throughout the Bay Area for adults and youth for more than a decade. Full-size tule boats built in his workshops are in the collections of the Oakland Museum, the Academy of Sciences, and Lake County Museum. Charlie is active in habitat restoration with the Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed in Marin County, and is also a professional photographer.
John teaches naturalist, interpretive and docent training classes and leads trips throughout California and the western states for birds (especially hawks and owls), marine mammals and animals large and small. It is equally possible to find him on the side of a mountain, knee deep in a tide pool, soaking in a hot spring, or helping someone add an elusive bird to their life list. Wherever you find him, there will be an adventure not soon forgotten. He is an author and writer on topics of conservation, stewardship and the environment and has been recognized by the California State Senate and Assembly, the Sierra Club and conservation councils in Marin and Sonoma counties for his environmental education efforts. John can be followed on Facebook at John Klobas Wildlife Adventures.
I was born in San Francisco and raised on the Pennisula, just south of The City.
After graduating high school I attended College of San Mateo, where I received a degree in Graphic Arts. I spent four years at Art Center College od Design in Pasadena, CA, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Illustration in 1980.
For the next twenty two years I freelanced as an illustrator in the advertising field. I concentrated mainly on sports and wildlife subjects, working for the National Football League, various baseball teams, The Nature Company, and for zoos, aquariums and museums.
I illustraeted a number of childrens books including my ABC book, “The Living Rainforests” (Charlesbridge Publishing) and the illustrations were awarded in Communications Arts Annual in 2002. Around this same time I became interested in the immediacy of the plein air approach and started painting in the East Bay Hills near my home. I soon had a collection of works and began to show in galleries and join plein air events.
My style changed almost overnight, although my approach remained intact, utilizing solid drawing skills and portraying strong graphic shapes. Painting outdoors has become a passion. I continue to participate in a number of plein air events annaually in California and beyond. each has it’s own unique topography, lihgt and challenges, which forces me to keep my work fresh and loose.
Rebecca Lawton is an author, instructor, and natural scientist whose poetry and prose have won the Ellen Meloy Fund Award for Desert Writers, residencies at Hedgebrook Retreat for Women Writers in Langley, Washington, and The Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska, Pushcart Prize nominations in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and other honors.
One of the first women guides on Western whitewater, Rebecca was an oarswoman on the Colorado in Grand Canyon for ten of her fourteen river seasons. Her collection of essays about whitewater guiding, Reading Water: Lessons from the River, was a San Francisco Chronicle Bay Area bestseller in 2008 and ForeWord Nature Book of the Year finalist in 2003. She is coauthor of four additional books on creativity and the outdoors, including the forthcoming Sacrament: Homage to a River with Geoff Fricker, photographer (Heyday, 2013). Her debut novel, Junction, Utah, explores the impact of oil exploration on American community and wilderness (van Haitsma Literary, 2013). She just completed a short story collection, Steelies and Other Endangered Species, based on her work on rivers and in watershed science.
As a scientist, she has led diverse teams of watershed researchers on northern California streams, worked with technical professionals investigating groundwater contamination, and written on nature and the environment. Her stream studies have helped inform the Sonoma Creek basin plan for U.S. EPA Clean Water Act guidelines.
Currently she serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of the River and as an external advisor for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Program at Sonoma State University.
David grew up on the Oregon coast and began studying natural history at the age of five. These studies continued during high school through associations with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Woodland Park Zoo. His travels took him to Borneo for a year as part of a Harvard research team, and to the Peruvian Amazon under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution. While in Borneo, David decided to become a writer and later spent several years working with the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder in the Sierra Nevada. After graduating with a degree in English from Reed College, David returned to the Sierra Nevada and devoted himself to writing and teaching about the natural world.
Trinka is co-founder of the Hungry Owl Project, an organization dedicated to preserving the owl and its habitat, along with educating the public of the owl’s vital role in keeping balance in nature. She is a certified naturalist in the state of California and holds a degree in Biology with a focus in Ethnology (animal behavior). She received her certification in Natural History in 2007 through the College of Marin. Her studies include Ornithology, Mammology, Animal Behavior, Botany, Marine Biology and Ecology. She has participated in extended biological field studies in both Alaska and the Mojave Desert. She has a small farm in Point Reyes, which she shares with her sheep, chickens, ducks, dogs, cats and of course… the local owls.
Kristin Meuser was born and raised in the Bay Area and has spent her life painting the land. She graduated from UC Berkeley where she received the Dean’s Award in painting and went on to study graphic design after a year in NYC where she taught art at Riker’s Island women’s prison. Her paintings have been represented by the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite, are found in private collections, and have been shown regionally.
Her many years as a graphic designer give her colorful journal pages a sense of balance and spontaneity that call in all aspects of the experience of journaling in nature. A long time student of John Muir Laws, she has transformed her love for plein air painting into a passion for nature journaling. As a teacher she gives students the confidence and skills to open up to the delightful world of nature journaling. She teaches throughout northern California and lives in Petaluma.
Paul is a volunteer at the Point Reyes National Seashore’s Morgan Horse Ranch, where he has helped care for and exercised horses for the past five years. He was the Marin Independent Journal’s editorial cartoonist in the late 1960’s, and later was the editorial and sports cartoonist for the Novato Advance for most of the 1970’s. Miller, a former Marine and UCLA graduate, taught a cartooning course in the art department at the College of Marin, where he was a full time faculty member in the English and communications departments for four decades. Miller has paintings and drawings in private collections and in national and international collections. Last year the Bear Valley Visitor Center held an art exhibit for the horses at the Morgan Horse Ranch.
Victoria Mimiaga was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.
She attended Punahou High School and received a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Her formal training includes four years at the Honolulu Academy of Art, two years at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, four years at College of Marin and Master workshops with internationally known artists Jove Wang, Peggy Kroll Roberts, Skip Whitcomb and Randall Sexton.
A former jewelry and furniture designer,Victoria has had work featured at Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue department stores. Additionally, articles about Victoria’s Pet portraits and Plein Aire paintings have appeared in two national publications, Victoria magazine and Northern California Home and Design.
Birgit is a self taught Watercolor artist and instructor who teaches many workshops here in the United States and around the world. Her work has been published in over 40 national and international publications along with being included in many collections throughout the world. Her most current publications include Dobry Zank, Artist Magazine, Watercolor Artist Magazine and “L’Art de l’Aquarelle from France. Birgit has won numerous National and International awards and is a signature member of LWS & CWA. Birgit has written two books by North Light publications “Watercolor in Motion” and “Watercolor Essentials”, she is also contributing editor to Artist’s Magazine and Watercolor Artist Magazine and is available on www.artistsnetwork.tv . Birgit has also developed her own line of successful instructional DVD programs which are available on her website www.birgitoconnor.com
Our love of the wilderness and sincere desire to share our knowledge and understanding of nature inspired us to create Point Reyes Outdoors. Together, we bring 35 years of experience in the outdoors industry. PRO is dedicated to environmental stewardship, building community relationships and providing our clients with the finest tours possible.
Jayah is an author, Fitness & Wellness educator, and AFAA & ACE-certified Personal Trainer. She is the creator of two award-winning DVDs: POLES for Hiking, Trekking & Walking and POLES for Balance & Mobility. As a mobility coach, she has trained users and physical therapists how to use poles to achieve, maintain and even regain mobility for hiking and walking. Jayah is a Sierra Club leader and a breast cancer survivor who founded and helps run the Lymphedema Education & Exercise Group through California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Her company www.adventurebuddies.net training website (www.PolesforMobility.com) focuses on helping people to more safely and completely enjoy their outdoor experiences.
Dr. Chris Pincetich works the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, The Oceanic Society, and Sea Turtles Forever as a marine biologist and environmental educator. Chris has a doctorate in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California, Davis and a B.S. in Marine Biology from University of California, Santa Cruz. His passion for promoting ocean and sea turtle conservation has been shared through speaking engagements ranging from international scientific conferences to elementary school classrooms. Studying marine debris on shorelines and in marine endangered species habitats and using those experiences to teach ways to reduce marine debris sources and prevent marine debris from occurring is the focus of his current work. Dr. Pincetich has led marine debris density research throughout the Point Reyes peninsula for over four years, on Costa Rican sea turtle nesting beaches for three years, and is currently investigating the ways toxic chemicals in plastic pollution enter endangered sea turtles and their habitat.
Todd has 25 years' experience as a birder and conservationist, and has lived in Marin County since 2001. He studied wildlife ecology and endangered species management at the University of Georgia. Todd has served on the boards of several Audubon Society clubs and led numerous bird hikes on both U.S. coasts. He worked as a wildlife biologist in the Sierra Nevada mountains. He is a published poet and an author of children's science books, and enjoys sharing his knowledge with birders of all ages. If he could hang out with one historical figure, it would be Alexander Wilson, pioneer naturalist and father of American ornithology.
Point Reyes is the Teacher
by Sarah Rabkin, Field Institute Instructor
When I was invited to lead writing retreats for the Point Reyes National Seashore Association's Field Institute, I felt as if I’d won the lottery. I grew up hiking and picnicking with family and friends all over Point Reyes. In some of my happiest memories, Limantour’s salt breezes mingle with the hush of a forest on Inverness Ridge; folksongs fill a homeward-bound VW, its floor mats covered with pine needles and sand, Tomales Bay in the dusky rear view.
Point Reyes is in my heart, and now I have the thrill of sharing this place with others who love it too. As we bend over our notebooks—with Drake’s Bay vistas shining through salt-glazed windows at the Historic Lifeboat Station, or a woodstove warming us at the Environmental Education Center—the terrain becomes our teacher. At every workshop and retreat, I am surprised anew by the insights and eloquence this place draws out of people who come to write here. And I’m moved by the generous, adventurous spirit that enlivens our exploration, creation, and sharing.
A potent alchemy emerges when writers congregate in beloved territory, with hearts open to the land and ears tuned to our own deepest yearnings. Inchoate insights find expression; newfound language lends music to ancient knowledge. Whether you’re a new or experienced writer, whether you write primarily for personal discovery or with an emphasis on craft, Point Reyes finds its way into your notebook, with a power and artistry you didn’t know you had.
Sarah is a writer, artist, and award-winning teacher of writing and environmental studies at UC Santa Cruz. She fell in love with Point Reyes as a Bay Area kid, and the landscapes of West Marin continue to influence her work. Her writing has appeared in a variety of periodicals and anthologies, including The Way of Natural History, edited by Thomas Lowe Fleischner; The Alphabet of the Trees: A Guide to Nature Writing, edited by Christian McEwen and Mark Statman; A Forest of Voices: Conversations in Ecology, edited by Chris Anderson and Lex Runciman, and Storming Heaven’s Gate: Spiritual Writings by Women, edited by Amber Coverdale Sumrall and Patrice Vecchione. She is the author and illustrator of What I Learned at Bug Camp: Essays on Finding a Home in the World (Juniper Lake Press, 2011). www.sarahrabkin.com
Michael is an avid traveler. He uses watercolor to record his observations, convey a sense of place and light, and communicate his impressions of the built, natural, and imagined worlds. His watercolors have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent exhibits include the annual shows of the National Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society, and the California Art Club. In 2011 he presented a solo show at the Thomas Reynolds Gallery in San Francisco. He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the California Watercolor Association, and is an artist member of the California Art Club. His watercolors have been featured in many magazines and publication. www.reardonwatercolors.com
More than 20 years' experience in professional photography-specialist in aerial photography. Over 30 years as a pilot with commercial and instrument ratings.
FEATURE BOOKS (author and sole photographer)
Kodak Guide to Aerial Photography, Kodak, Rochester, 1996.
Timescapes: California Aerial Images, Westcliffe, CO, 1989.
SPECIAL PROJECTS (international book events)
24 Hours in the Life of Los Angeles, Alfred Van der Marck, NY.
Ireland: A Week in the Life of a Nation, Century, London.
Thailand: Seven Days in the Kingdom, Times Editions, Singapore.
Commercial Clients: Aetna, American President Lines, Canon, Chevron, Dow Chemical, Esprit, Goodby Silverstein, Grey, Grubb & Ellis, Kaiser, Kodak, McCann Erickson, Mojo, Pacific Telesis, Pentagram, Prudential, Raytheon, Hal Riney, Sharper Image, Shell, SimuFlite, Tandem, Tosco, Transamerica, University of California, YMCA, many others.
Book Publishers: Over 60 book covers and hundreds of interiors with major publishers, including Addison-Wesley, Amphoto, Audubon, Birnbaum, Brown, Century, Collins, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Focal, Freeman, GGNRA, Ginn, Harcourt, Heath, Holt, Houghton Mifflin, Kodak, MacMillan, McGraw-Hill, National Geographic, Newbridge, Nystrom, Oxford, Prentice-Hall, Presses de la Cite, Readers Digest, Scott Foresman, Simon & Schuster, St. Remy, Sunset, Time-Life, Times, Turner, Wadsworth, Westcliffe, Wiley, many others.
Magazines (etc.): Numerous national publications, including Audubon, Discover, Fortune, Geo, INC, Life, Money, National Geographic World, National Parks, Nature Conservancy, Nikkei Business, Omni, Pacific Discovery, Palm Press, Photo, Portal, Scientific American, Sierra, Sunset, Time, Working Woman, many others.
Magazine Features: Bay Crossings, CA Monthly, Confetti, Darkroom, Landscape, Museum of CA, Oceans, Pentax, Photographie, Photo District News, Photo Metro, Photomethods, Plane&Pilot, Rangefinder, SF, Signature,Vantage Point, Zoom.
18 interviews and feature articles in the national press, and four television features.
More than one dozen individual exhibitions in museums and galleries around the country, and over a dozen group exhibitions.
Ane Carla is a multifaceted artist who has been teaching in Marin since 1974. Her specialty is combining art and natural history in lively performances throughout the West. Her audiences include school children, park visitors and participants at education conferences, but she will tell a story “to anyone who will listen.” An illustrator for over 20 years, Ane Carla has illustrated five books and has had gallery showings at Coyote Point and Randall Museums, Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, and the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua.
Bill Ruck has been a radio enthusiast since he was very young and heard his father's stories of being a radio mechanic for the U.S. Army, servicing radios on Liberty and Victory ships during World War II. Bill was an aviation electronics technician in the Navy during the Vietnam War and spent the next 20 years working as an engineer for local San Francisco radio stations KFOG-KNBR. For the past 15 years he has been Principal Engineer with CSI Telecommunications, Inc. He holds an FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License with Ship Radar Endorsement and is a Certified Telecommunications Engineer with a Master RF Radiating Endorsement from iNARTE. He is a third-generation native San Franciscan.
Recently he was named "Fellow for Historic Preservation" by the California Historical Radio Society for his work on the KPH Project.
Ellen Sampson has led field trips around the Bay Area and California for nearly 40 years. Her background is in biology, physiology, birding, field sketching and natural history. She has hiked extensively at Point Reyes National Seashore and in the Sierra Nevada and loves to learn and teach others about our local flora and fauna, especially the life histories of birds and mammals. She is a docent at the East Bay Regional Parks District’s Botanic Garden in Tilden Park where she leads tours of the all-native garden with children and adults and has been a leader of our annual Children's Bird Count for Kids. She also leads private natural history trips around the Bay Area and to the central valley during fall and winter to observe the annual migration of geese, ducks, swans and a multitude of other birds and wildlife.
Betty has been publishing her work for decades, with clients such as National Geographic Society, Sunset magazine and many more. She was an associate editor of Alaska magazine, editor-in-chief of Sacramento magazine and also served as staff photographer for both those publications. She has written and illustrated several books, most recently (2012) a book of historic photographs of the California Gold Rush town of Colma. Since 1998, she has taught at Folsom Lake College, specializing in outdoor photography and digital imaging. She has also taught private workshops covering such topics as HDR, photo restoration, use of model and artificial lights, macro photography and much more. She brings both patience and a sense of play to the craft of working with cameras. www.sederquist.com
Dave Shuford moved to western Marin County in 1975 to volunteer for Point Reyes Bird Observatory, and he continues to live there and work for PRBO. In early years, he explored for birds locally almost daily while censusing waterbirds in Point Reyes estuaries, coordinating the Marin County Breeding Bird Atlas, and studying Sanderlings at Bodega Bay. Later his focus broadened to the entire state, where he his surveyed shorebirds for the Pacific Flyway Project, colonial nesting waterbirds for the Western Colonial Waterbird Survey, and all waterbirds for inventories in the Klamath Basin and Salton Sea. He has also studied the ecology of California Gulls at Mono Lake, patterns of waterbird use of different crop types in the Delta, the distribution of Snowy Plovers and Long-billed Curlews in the interior, and another bird atlas in the Glass Mountain region of Mono County. He is also a past President of the Western Field Ornithologists, and has authored many papers, monographs, and books on California birds. Dave has shared his passion for birds by teaching classes or workshops through San Francisco State’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus, the Mono Lake Committee, the Mono Lake Bird Chautauqua, and the Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival.
Tom moved to Florida in 1972 to paint Billboards and in 1974 went to the Colorado Institute of art in Denver to study Advertising and Design. He worked in the south Pacific as a graphic designer, and illustrator for companies in the Philippines, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea. He returned to the US in 1982 to further his education in Fine Art at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. Since that time he has been selling his paintings in galleries and competing in Plein Air competitions in California and around the US. He continues to sell in art shows, galleries and painting competitions and has been teaching Plein Air painting for the past 15 years. www.solteszart.com
Bob has taught classes for Point Reyes Field Institute since it’s inception in 1976. He has been a working biologist and naturalist for over 50 years in various public schools, taught at the College of Marin, and served as Landbird Biologist and Director of Education at the Point Reyes Bird Observatory. For 15 years Bob worked for the County of Marin and is well known for the 2,000 plus outings he led for the general public on a variety of topics including bird behavior, butterflies, insects, mushrooms, grasses, flowering plants, habitats and general ecology. Since 1973, he has led birding and natural history tours to a variety of locations around California and the Southwest, and Central America. Look for his books Common Butterflies of California, and Butterflies of Arizona, A Photographic Study.
Gayle has been a spinner of fiber, natural dyer and basket maker since the early 1970’s. Her work has been shown in Bay Area galleries, The Gualala Art Center, Nevada State Museum and Maker Faire where her ‘Fiber Fanatic’ exhibit was awarded an Editors Choice Blue Ribbon. She has taught Fiber Arts at Feather Rivers Adult Art Camp, Camp Mather, Urban Fauna Studio, the Bay Area Basket Makers and Great Basin Basket Makers Guild and the conference of Northern California Hand Weavers.
Jennifer coordinates all education and outreach activities for the Cordell Bank sanctuary, which includes creating teacher and student materials and hosting education workshops, creating outreach opportunities and publications, exhibits, signage, website content, and being the local "ocean DJ" as the host for her monthly radio show called "Ocean Currents" on community radio for West Marin, KWMR.
Jennifer has been with Cordell Bank NMS since 2000 and prior to that was an outdoor educator/naturalist with Yosemite National Institute-Headlands Institute, Guided Discoveries - Catalina Island Marine Institute, and the National Park Service as a seasonal interpreter. Jennifer brings over 15 years of environmental education experience to her role at the sanctuary. Jennifer has a BA in Biology from the University of Delaware and a MS in Education through Dominican University of California.
Autumn has been inspired by plants since childhood and has studied herbalism and ethnobotany for the last 20 years with an affinity for the plants, seaweeds and mushrooms of Northern California (she has a BA in Anthropology with an emphasis in Ethnobotany). Autumn has guest hosted KPFA’s Herbal Highway, co-organized free community herb festivals and has held positions at Rosemary’s Garden, Simplers Botanical and KW Botanicals. Currently she teaches edible and medicinal plant classes at the California School of Herbal Studies (www.cshs.com) and for the Herb Pharm Intern program and is also a consultant for Herb Pharm.
Reid ventured into photography by taking pictures of his dog with a Kodak Brownie camera. He soon graduated to an adjustable camera, a light meter, and a darkroom. His photographs have won numerous awards most recently winning “Best of Show” at the 2012 and 2011 Marin County Fairs. Reid loves teaching as much as shooting and adeptly distills complex, technical information and presenting it in user-friendly forms. He’ll show you how to establish a digital imaging workflow allowing you to download, organize, and optimize images with ease and then to create projects ranging from beautiful photo books to web sites. He still loves taking pictures of his dog. Reid reviews iPhone apps at www.techsupportalert.com
Andie is a California-based visual artist whose lifelong devotion to creative work in the outdoors, especially within the pages of her field journals, has evolved into artist books and paintings held in numerous private and public collections, such as those at Yale University and the University of Washington. Her work is widely exhibited and has been honored by institutions including Sitka Center for Art & Ecology and Yosemite Renaissance. She earned a BA in art practice from University of California Berkeley and teaches for San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco State University Sierra Nevada Field Campus and more. She lives in a river town in the Sierra Nevada foothills with her husband.
Patti Trimble is a writer and visual artist living in California and Sicily, known for lyric performances of her poetry with music. Her poems are published in anthologies and journals, four chapbooks, and a spoken word CD. She has performed at hundreds of venues and was co-creator—and for a decade, featured poet—at the Tuolumne Poetry Festival in Yosemite National Park. Her writing has received grants from the Lannan Foundation; Poets&Writers; a Pushcart nomination; finalist awards from Glimmer Train and P&W California Writer’s Award; and artist residencies at Djerassi Foundation.
Patti often links poetry and visual art as a personal response to landscape, myth, and environmental concerns. She earned her MFA from the Hunter Graduate Program in New York, and for ten years studied art history and craft as studio assistant to abstract-expressionist painters Richard Pousette-Dart, Hedda Sterne, James Brooks, and Charlotte Park. In 1986, she was nominated by the American Institute of Arts and Letters for “The Hinda Rosenthal Award to a Younger Painter of Distinction”, and her paintings have won juror’s awards from Sonoma MOMA and Mendocino Art Center. Her recent solo show focused on endangered California plants: “Vanishing California”, an invitational exhibit at GRO in Marin County, CA.
Patti teaches writing for Arcadia University Abroad, Sonoma State University Osher, and Point Reyes Field Seminars, and she is program writer for World Arts West in San Francisco (the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival). She is currently writing a book about the currency of modernist theories and processes in art—in appreciation of her New York School mentors—and also working on a collection of co-translations of medieval Arab-Sicilian poems and recording a new spoken-word CD.
Linda Ann is a botanist, editor, and illustrator of numerous botanical publications and cherishes all three west coast states as home. She holds a PhD from the University of Oregon, Eugene, and conducts field research and teaches in the Siskiyou Mountains of southwestern Oregon. She currently lives on Lopez Island, Washington and visits Berkeley on a regular basis, where she is a Research Associate at the University Herbarium, UC. Linda has over 25 years of illustration and college level teaching experience, and is principal illustrator of The Flora of Santa Cruz island, The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California, and has contributed many illustrations to the Morphology and Evolution of Vascular Plants. www.vorobikbotanicalart.com
George has been an enduring presence in American nature photography for twenty-five years, and his images have been widely featured in national publications including many appearances in the Audubon Society and Sierra Club calendars and note cards. Magazine credits include Sierra, Newsweek, Outside, Backpacker, Outdoor Photographer, Nature's Best, Smithsonian and Sunset. His work has also appeared in numerous books showcasing the natural history of the West, and his art prints are part of many private and corporate collections. With extensive experience using large-format film as well as digital, George's photographs showcase untamed regions of big country and quiet beauty. His intention is to stylistically, but faithfully, interpret the wonder of the natural world. www.georgeward.com
David is a naturalist and a biologist with a passion for the birds and natural history of the West. During his twenty years of expeditions, in addition to local classes for the Point Reyes Field Institute, Marin Agricultural Land Trust and the California Academy of Sciences, he has led numerous tours to Mexico, Alaska, Scotland and other regions for groups including the Smithsonian Institution, Wild Wings, and Elder hostel. Although the majority of David’s field trips are geared toward teaching and interpreting the language of the avian world, he is just as experienced teaching the rich diversity of the greater natural world. From whale watching expeditions to wildflower forays, he will make every visit to the natural world memorable and enjoyable. www.calnaturalist.com