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.