Frances Wood inherited her love of nature from her writer-naturalist father and a mother who loved to garden. Writer, artist, teacher, and mother of two sons, Frances completed the Master Birding course offered by Seattle Audubon, which sent her headlong into the all-consuming world of an avid birdwatcher. Each winter since 1990, she has traveled or lived in Latin America, participating in conservation projects, training local nature guides, or just feeding her birdwatching habit.
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Lead Editor and Writer
Todd spent summers in his boyhood outside along the shores of Coeur d’Alene Lake and the St. Joe River in Northern Idaho. Later, he explored the marshes of Long Island Sound during days afield with his father. Through his mother, he came to cherish what E.B. White names, “the grave, compulsive word.”
Todd is listening with great interest for stories from the human and the natural world.
Web Content Manager and Writer
An Iowa girl, Ellen started birding at the age of 8, helping her father with his “bluebird trail” of more than 40 boxes. Ellen now puts her passion to work for birds and nature. She edited Seattle Audubon’s newsletter, Earthcare Northwest, for five years and was lead editor on BirdWeb.org. Besides rascal crows, Ellen is drawn to raptors, especially Peregrines, and she volunteered with the Seattle Peregrine Project for several years. She was a long-time member of the American Society of Crows and Ravens.
Listener Engagement and Digital Media Director, and Writer
Adam’s interest in birding started when he was a child, when he first viewed Acorn Woodpeckers in California. His mother was then the Seattle Audubon coordinator, and his passion quickly took root in the supportive culture of the organization. Twenty years and six continents later, Adam is still an avid birdwatcher, having graduated from the Seattle Audubon Master Birder course in 2006. From 2005 to 2012, Adam managed the numerous projects of the science program at Seattle Audubon and served on the board of the Washington Ornithological Society. When he is not procuring sounds for BirdNote, you might find him birding, running, or cycling.
Eileen Bolinsky is a longtime public radio journalist. She is currently a producer with WBUR's Here & Now, NPR's midday news program. Prior to that, she was the Senior Editor at Public Radio International's Living on Earth, a weekly environmental news and feature program. Eileen lives in Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood in Boston located along Olmstead's Emerald Necklace; the Arnold Arboretum is just steps from her home. She walks there regularly and sees Red-winged Blackbirds, orioles, hawks, and the occasional owl. JP is a wonderful urban green place to live.
Ginger Oppenheimer is a technical editor and has served as an editor for more than 25 years for various education, science, and community publications. Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, followed by a stint in Minnesota, she has called Bellingham, Washington, her home for 30 years and still thrills to the site of Bald Eagles and falcons.
Science Advisor and Lead Writer
Bob leads birding tours year round for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours. Tours have taken him many places throughout the world. He has taught many birding classes for Seattle Audubon, and leads regional tours through Mercer Island Parks. Bob has a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Washington, has served on boards of several nature organizations, is a member of the Washington State Bird Records Committee, and is a co-author of The National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest. Longtime Seattle residents, Bob and his wife Sally now live in Washington’s Scatter Creek Valley.
Science Advisor and Writer
Gordon Orians began birding as a child in Wisconsin. At the age of 13, when he discovered that people were actually paid to watch birds, he decided to pursue a biological career. After getting a bachelor's degree in zoology at the University of Wisconsin, he headed west to Berkley, where he received his PhD from the University of California in 1960. As a vertebrate zoologist at the University of Washington, he focused his research on American blackbirds, because at least one species of blackbird exhibits nearly every type of avian social organization – territorial, colonial, polygamous, and brood parasitism.
Idie Ulsh, Master Birder and former president of Seattle Audubon, has been a birder for 40 years, with an expertise in birdsong. A freelance photographer, Idie took the photo of a Marsh Wren, which was the inspiration for the illustration of BirdNote’s mascot, Marty the Marsh Wren. Idie’s interest expanded from birds to other flying creatures, including butterflies and dragonflies, and she was co-editor of photographs for The Butterflies of Cascadia. She is the founder and past president of the Washington Butterfly Association, and teaches classes for both WABA and Seattle Audubon.
John was musical director of Public Radio International’s Mountain Stage radio show for 14 years. After years as a traveling bass-player, John settled in the Shoreline neighborhood of Seattle with his wife, her two teenagers, and their cats. He has produced dozens of CDs, from jazz to punk to opera, and his sense of musicality, pacing, and rhythm bring a magical sound to BirdNote.
John was responsible for bringing SoundScapes to KPLU, and is the lead programmer and host for KPLU's All Blues program.
Mary McCann creates with sound – as a poet, internet radio programmer, broadcast radio DJ, producer, and performer. She's traveled the world by motorcycle and camped under the stars in both hemispheres. A long-time fan of BirdNote, “because it combines the theater of the mind with stories told from a bird's eye view,” Mary is honored to bring those stories to life.
Mary lives 40 miles from Mt. Rainier in Western Washington with her husband Dan and Judy, the coolest dog on the planet. A Pileated Woodpecker pays them regular visits.
Storyteller Michael Stein draws on a wealth of life experience as a construction worker, radio DJ, producer, Keith Moon-clone, baker, and record label dude. He travels a bit, works some, speaks passable German (with a "Schwabisch" accent), loves Tex-Mex, drums, vintage Cadillacs, and Great Blue Herons.
Michael and family share their Seattle homestead with a hummingbird named Wilson.
Frank Corrado first became aware of the wonder of birds when he was a young child in the wilds of Brooklyn, New York. The long streets of his neighborhood were home to countless thousands of pigeons and nearby Prospect Park was sanctuary to a spectacular array of birds whose colors, plumage and flight fired his early imagination. Frank Corrado is a stage actor, a writer, an amateur chef and an evolving woodworker.
Upon leaving full-time employment, Sue understood that finding new, meaningful activity would be important. Having been a former co-worker and longtime friend of Chris Peterson, she knew of Chris’ ongoing conservation and educational efforts through the creative development of BirdNote radio shows. And so, she reached out to offer her administrative and office skills to the organization. Sue assists BirdNote with behind-the-scenes projects, including mailings and database maintenance. She's pleased to be part of an organization that helps people learn about birds species, especially in the Northwest where she lives. "BirdNote helps me develop a deeper appreciation of bird songs. I enjoy creating bird-friendly spaces in my own small garden."
Years of experience in business accounting with her own clients led Lois to volunteering and then working with non-profit organizations. With this experience, she applied for the accounting position at Seattle Audubon where she was hired by Chris Peterson, who was the Executive Director at that time. That was eight years ago. During that time, Lois has seen BirdNote developed and launched by Chris and watched its amazing growth. In 2011, Lois was asked to help with BirdNote's accounting. She said that one of the most valuable benefits of working in the environmental community is that the appreciation of birds and nature has spread to her grandchildren and some have become avid birders. "It is a beautiful way to share with family and friends."
Marie Martin and her assistant catkeeper, Maddie, live and work in AllMyKitties, a camp for cats.
Bob Travis writes on his Flickr page:
I'm a longtime professional computer programmer and software systems architect, now fully retired and finding time to get back to earlier passions -- sailing, music (euphonium), photography (new DSC-H1) -- as well making more time for newer ones -- grandchildren (4 girls), flying (C172), jazz.
Favorite quote: "I don't have anything to say in any picture. My only interest in photography is to see what something looks like as a photograph. I have no preconceptions." (Garry Winogrand)
BirdNote is grateful for this photographer's contribution to our website.
Janet Goff discovered BirdNote on the radio and decided she could lend her support by volunteering. She soon recruited her husband Steve to help out with a BirdNote fundraiser, and together they have had a grand time with the BirdNote team.
Janet fills her time volunteering with animal rescue groups, on local farms, and helping with community events. She loves hiking and camping, but also enjoys creative things like knitting, painting, and singing bluegrass music.
Kristine Johnson holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in BioCommunications, Master of Associated Medical Science, and several years of post-graduate study in visual communication design at the School of Visual Concepts.
Her role is one of aggregator/filter/editor/curator within any particular design project. A constant awareness of the complex considerations inherent in working with scientifically inclined clients keeps her engaged; a thirst for constant learning keeps her asking the right questions.
David Ehlert’s credentials speak for themselves: Certified Medical Illustrator; Master of Associated Medical Science; Bachelor of Science, major in drawing and a minor in biology; Associate of Art.
He considers himself a sleuth-turned-storyteller first and a passionate illustrator second. He has the ability to render drawings in a way that are unique and appropriate for the communications challenge at hand. In this way, he finds a seamless overlap with the methods and goals of branded communications for marketing.
Alan Humphrey has been in the tech industry for over 20 years, working for a variety of companies, large and small. He currently does web and database development for non-profit organizations.
Lynne Jensen writes: "I am such a lucky person – My husband, George, and I live in two of the most beautiful places in the world, Gustavus, Alaska (near Glacier Bay National Park), and Whidbey Island, Washington.”
Amanda Gibson is a freelance editor who lives with her family in Kirkland, Washington. An Alaska native, she started volunteering for BirdNote in 2006 and has been hooked on the program ever since. Her appreciation for words, nature, and passionate people making a difference has ensured her continued connection to BirdNote, even as motherhood seems to conspire against it. She says, “Developing and savoring connections with the birds and plants around us – taking the time to really see, hear, and feel them – is critical to the health of individuals, our society, and natural ecosystems.