2013-2014 
VSO 
SPEAKERS 
DIRECTORY 



Compiled 
and 
published 
by 
Alyce 
Quinn 
Wirtz, 
VA 


Copies 
of 
this 
directory 
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obtained 
from: 
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Devan 
P.O. 
Box 
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VA 
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A note about using this directory . . . 

This directory has been compiled from sources which indicate that the individuals listed have presented well-
received programs to bird clubs and similar groups. The capsule comments inform you of each speaker’s specialty. 

The directory is published each spring as a public service. There is no charge to either the speakers listed or to the 
organizations or individuals requesting a copy of the publication. 

When you contact a speaker, ask about fees. We believe that most will visit you for a modest honorarium; others for 
free; and a few for professional fees. Unless you are well-acquainted with the speaker, it is almost impossible to 
know his or her tastes and preferences; therefore, in most cases, a gift or gift certificate is not an appropriate 
remuneration for a speaker. A check or cash helps defray traveling expenses or allows the speaker to donate the fee 
to a favorite project or cause. 

Details concerning fees, length of program, travel arrangements, meals, equipment needed, overnight 
accommodations, and special considerations should be discussed at the time of initial contact with the speaker. 

Occasionally, contact information for a speaker changes during the year and some phone numbers and/or addresses 
may not be current. If you have difficulty reaching an individual listed in this directory, contact the editor, Alyce 
Quinn (see below). She may have received new information on the whereabouts of the person you are trying to 
contact. 

The Virginia Society of Ornithology has no role in any arrangements concerning these bookings. 

If you have a presentation you would like listed in this directory, or wish further information regarding its 
publication, please contact: 

Alyce Quinn 

681 Edgewood Farm Lane 

Wirtz, VA 24184 

Phone: 540-719-0109 

email: twoquinns@yahoo.com 


THE 2013-2014 
VSO DIRECTORY OF 
SPEAKERS AND 
ORGANIZATIONAL 
PROGRAMS 


Mark Adams 

2300 Rocky Run 
Charlottesville, VA 22901 
434-296-0222 (day), 434-245-2250 (evening), 434-249-0584 (cell) 

markadamsphd@yahoo.com 


Mark is a professional astronomer and an avid bird and butterfly watcher who moved to Charlottesville in January 
2004 from the Davis Mountains of western Texas.For the past 18 years, Mark’s professional responsibilities at the 
University of Texas-McDonald Observatory and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory have included public 
outreach and education.Mark has organized and led, for example, numerous “Star Parties” to explore the night-time 
sky with the naked eye, binoculars, and telescopes. Mark also has extensive experience giving informative and 
entertaining presentations about astronomy, birds, bird watching, butterflies, and butterfly watching.His audiences 
have included school children of all ages, bird clubs, conservation groups, astronomy clubs, and civic groups. 

Mark has organized and led bird and butterfly field trips and seminars for the Big Bend Natural History Association, 
the Texas Ornithological Society, the Nature Conservancy, and the Monticello Bird Club. Drawing on his extensive 
natural history knowledge, field experience, and image collection, Mark can assemble and present a program that 
will entertain and inform any audience.Mark is most often asked to present a program about his birding “Big Year,” 
a year-long bird watching adventure that Mark has chronicled in his book, Chasing Birds across Texas: A Birding 
Big Year, published by the Texas A&M University Press in October 2003.Will travel; fee negotiable. 

Fred Atwood New Program 

Flint Hill School 
10409 Academic Dr. 
Oakton, VA 22124 
703-242-1675 
fredatwood@yahoo.com (preferred method of contact) 

Both an educator and naturalist, Fred has a variety of slide programs available. Some of these include: 

“Wildlife and Conservation in Papua New Guinea” 
“From the Gaspe' to Cape Cod” 
“Natural History of Costa Rica” 
“A Teacher in Antarctica” 
“East African Birds and Wildlife” 
“An Ecological Study Trip to Ecuador: Amazon Basin, the Andes, and the Galapagos” (he could emphasize the 
mainland or the Galapagos if you would like) 


“Antarctica in March” 


Programs are also available on Virginia natural history (can emphasize birds, insects or plants). Also available are: 

“The Earth is the Lord’s: A Biblical Perspective on Conservation” 
“Svalbard: Polar Bears, Ivory Gulls, Walruses and Spectacular Scenery in this Arctic Archipelago of Norway” 



Erwin Bohmfalk 

1500 Woodrow Ave. 

P.O. Box 1401 
Waynesboro, VA 22980 
540-836-9168 (cell), 540-942-9463 (office) 
540-943-3668 (fax) 
purpleft@cfw.com or erwin@ntelos.net 
A world traveler with an emphasis on nature, and unparalleled photography of out-of-the-way places. Erwin’s most 
popular programs include: 

“Birds of the Vredefort Dome.” A photographic field guide of the birds in this new UN International World 
Heritage Site in South Africa. Erwin has just published this first edition of his guide and will present his unique 
approach to providing an easy guide for identifying birds based on his photographs.This Heritage Site is located at 
the site of the largest and oldest impact crater on Earth, created by a meteorite about 2 billion years ago.The book 
currently contains over 700 photos of 217 species, obtained since 2003, and attempting to provide each species with 
several photos to show differentof view, in flight, male vs. femaleimmature vs. mature (where differences occur), 
feeding, nesting, etc.He will also discuss the Wildlife Center of Virginia’s wildlife photo and viewing safaris, 
including their birding safaris, that are being made available in South Africa. 
“Around the Bottom of the World.” The 67-day, 13,000 mile first-ever, non-scientific circumnavigation of the 
Antarctic continent on a Russian icebreaker, with literally millions of penguins (seven species, including Emperors), 
other seabirds, seals, whales, icebergs, glaciers, volcanoes, nine research stations, and the explorer huts of 
Shackleton and Scott. 
“The Islands of the Falklands and South Georgia.” The wildlife and scenery of these islands is incredible—South 
Georgia will blow your mind. We will see a spectacular variety of birdlife and seals, visit thousands of penguins and 
albatrosses in their rookeries, and retrace the final footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated Endurance 
expedition. 
“The Deserts of Namibia During their ‘Rainy’ Season.” A rare glimpse into the unique wildlife and plant life of 
the Namibian desert as they literally come to life during the momentary, transient rainy season. 

Erwin is a member of the prestigious Explorers Club of New York and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the 
Wildlife Center of Virginia at Waynesboro. An honorarium is requested which will be donated to the Wildlife 
Center of Virginia. 

Larry J. Brindza New Listing 

9701 Harr Court 
Burke, VA 22015-4116 
703-409-6234 (cell) 

ljbrindza@cox.net 


A PowerPoint presentation is offered entitled “Migration Miracle: the Monarch Butterfly.” The program can be 
adjusted according to the age and interests of the organization. AV requirements are laptop, digital projector, and 
screen. Speaker’s fee depends on travel distance, but starts at $100. 

In the late 1970s Larry became interested in monarch butterflies as a hawk watcher sitting in the Linden Fire Tower 
on top of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Virginia. He noticed that good Broad-winged Hawk flights were 
accompanied by good monarch butterfly flights in the middle of the month of September. 

Larry takes monarch tagging to the next level. He serves as the coordinator of the Monarch Migration Project at the 
Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory, which is located at the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula, an area known 
for its spectacular fall bird and monarch concentrations. 

Larry’s journey to this point began 15 years ago in the days of rectangular-paper tags and rubber cement. In 2002 he 
added another dimension to his tagging by weighing all captured monarchs with a small electronic scale. He also 


measures forewing lengths with digital calipers and monitors for the protozoan parasite, Ophryocystis electroscirrha 
(Oe). This extra effort by him to collect such detailed data on each tagged monarch is something that few other 
taggers do, but in the end is extremely valuable to science. Because of this, in 2008 he collaborated with Dr. Lincoln 
Brower and Dr. Andy Davis to publish a major article in the Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society using his monarch 
data set. 

In March of 2011 Larry was named Scientist of the Month by MONARCH NET, the North American network of 
monarch butterfly monitoring programs. 

Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory 

P. O. Box 1225 
Virginia Beach, VA 23451 
Taberzz@aol.com 

Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory offers programs on spring and fall songbird banding, fall hawk banding, 
spring and fall hawk watching, monarch butterfly tagging and related habitat and conservation issues. Several 
speakers are available for a PowerPoint presentation. Contact Brian Taber at the address listed above. A color 
brochure containing information about the Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory is available upon request. 

John Coiner 

3024 Cranehill Drive 
Lynchburg , VA 24503 
434-384-7312 (home), 434-426-7553 (cell) 

jrcoiner@comcast.net 

John is an accomplished and award-winning photographer who concentrates on landscape and nature subjects. 
While John is well traveled, he has spent countless hours photographing the flora and fauna of the Central Virginia 
region. He has published a CD on Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge Mountains that shows and describes many of the 
area’s beautiful wildflowers. John’s programs include the following: 

“Southeast Shore Birds.” As the name implies, this presentation provides beautiful photographs of birds found 
along the Atlantic coast from Virginia to Florida, as well as the Everglades and Florida gulf coast. While many of 
these birds may be common, the presentation does include several rare species including the Florida Whooping 
Crane and the Reddish Egret. 
“Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge Mountains.” This program provides photographs and information on wildflowers 
found in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. Information on habitat, uses, and status is provided. 
“American Parks.” This show provides photographic glimpses of 20+ parks spread across the United States. 
Included are national seashores, parks, monuments, and wilderness areas, as well as tribal parks and one state park. 
“Central Virginia Byways.” This program is an attempt to capture snapshots of interesting buildings, views, and 
scenes along the byways of central Virginia before they vanish. The presentation consists of photographs taken in 
and around Lynchburg, Virginia, from 1972 through 2007. The photographs are from an area circumscribed within a 
20-mile radius centered in Lynchburg. These 628 square miles encompass all of Lynchburg, as well as portions of 
Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell counties. Amherst and Bedford counties are mountainous, while 
Appomattox and Campbell counties are in the flatter Piedmont region. 

Marlene Condon 

Author/Photographer of The Nature-friendly Garden: Creating A Backyard Haven for Plants, Wildlife, and 
People (Stackpole Books) 
Naturalist/Nature Writer/Photographer/Speaker 
Crozet, VA 22932-2204 

marlenecondon@aol.com 
www.marlenecondon.com 


“Wildlife at Work--for You!” Do you know what wild animals do all day and night?They work! Join naturalist 
Marlene A. Condon (author/photographer of The Nature-friendly Garden) for a 45-minute slide presentation about 
the “jobs” that wildlife performkeep the environment--and nature-friendly gardens--functioning properly.You may 
be surprised by how much the activities of wildlife benefit you and your garden. 
Speaker’s fee is negotiable. A slide projector and extra projector bulb are preferred but not required, and screen or 
wall suitable for viewing slide images is a must. Marlene will have copies of her book available for purchase. For 
more informationto contact the speaker, please visit her website listed above. 

Maureen Eiger New Program 

2415 Mount Vernon Rd. S.W. 
Roanoke, VA 24015-3617 
540-342-4890 

2chirp@cox.net 


Maureen Eiger is an avid bird watcher and Board Member of the Roanoke Valley Bird Club. She is also a State and 
Federally Permitted WildRehabilitator, so please bring a box of tissues or roll of paper towels to the meeting to help 
save a baby bird. A digital projector and screen are required for all Maureen’s presentations. 

“Baby Bird ID.” We know the field marks for adult birds, but how do you identify that “naked” bird in a nest? Or 
maybe a bird with just a few pin feathers? Learn a new set of field marks and see species in a new way. Test your 
group’s skills with a “What baby bird is that?” quiz at the end of the program. Program includes a photo/power 
point presentation with lots of interaction with the audience. 
“Beyond Birdwatching.” This program covers how to keep birds safe in your yard such as how to prevent window 
strikes, etc., what you can do to help injured birds and prevent the main reasons birds are brought to rehabbers. 
Learn about the process involved to be permitted to rehabilitate wild birds. Maureen will also discuss the rewards 
and pitfalls of being an Avian Rehabilitator. Photo/power point presentation and props. 
“Amazing Birds.” (Some very unusual bird behaviors and interesting facts). A program with photos and case 
histories of rehabbed birds with an intimate look at unusual bird behaviors and little known and interesting facts 
about each species. Bird species covered include Sora, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Coopers Hawk, and more. 
“Fascinating Feathers.” All birds have feathers, but why do they come in different colors, shapes and sizes? 
Learn how feathers get their color. Learnbirds useas “tools.” What bird has poison feathers? What bird can be its 
own little copper mine?Are blue feathers really blue? We will learn some unusual facts and uses for feathers by 
birds. Several(legal) feather examples will be available for close inspection. 

Dr. Marshall Faintich 

Birding Activity Manager, Rockfish Valley Trail 
261 Sawmill Creek Drive 
Nellysford, VA 22958 
434-361-0114 between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. 

mfaintich@theworddoctor.com 
www.symbolicmessengers.com 


Marshall is the author of A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Wintergreen. His bird photography can be found on 
several nature trails in Virginia and Maryland,been used onwebsites,has been published innewspapers. He offers a 
one-hour photographic presentation on the birds of Wintergreen (located in central Virginia) when the hosting 
organization can provide a laptop computer projection system. 

Dr. Faintich also can give a one-hour presentation on global wildlife (mostly birds) that excludes most of the species 
that are commonly seen in central Virginia. 

Expenses for travel outside his local area are expected andhosting organization’s usual honorarium is greatly 
appreciated. 


Katie Fallon 

P.O. Box 96 
Morgantown, WV 26507 
304-685-5292 
katie@katiefallon.com 
www.katiefallon.com 


Katie is the author of the nonfiction book Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird (Ruka 
Press, 2011). The book describes the plight of the cerulean warbler, the fastest-declining Neotropical migrant 
songbird. Due to activities such as mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia and deforestation in the Andes 
for coffee production, cerulean numbers have dropped by 3% a year since 1966. Katie is available to give visual 
presentations about cerulean warblers, mountaintop removal, coffee production, and her book. 

Katie’s essays and articles have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and literary journals, and Cerulean Blues 
was a finalist for the Southern Environmental Law Center's Book Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern 
Environment. She has taught writing at Virginia Tech and West Virginia University, and she is also a co-founder of a 
new nonprofit organization, the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia (http://www.accawv.org). 


Donna Finnegan 

2908 Wallers Quarters Rd. 
Bumpass, VA 23024 
540-895-9261 

toadrana@earthlink.net 


Donna is a Virginia Master Naturalist, Fredericksburg Chapter, who has presented many nature programs for garden 
groups, Naturalists, Virginia Native Plant Society and Lake Anna State Park. Programs are free but expenses may 
be requested for distances. Donna offers the following programs, and others can be tailored to suit your needs. 

“Birding by Ear 101—For Beginners” 
“Creating Backyard Habitat with an Eye on Conservation” 
“Don’t Mow the Toad—Helping VA Amphibians and Reptiles” 
“Butterflies of Virginia—ID of Most Common Species” 


Dr. Todd S. Fredericksen 

Associate Professor of Forestry and Wildlife 
212 Garber Hall 
Ferrum College 
Ferrum, VA 24088 
540-365-4360 (office), 540-493-3132 (cell) 

tfredericksen@ferrum.edu 


Todd has conducted research on the impacts of logging on biodiversity, including birds, in Virginia and 
Pennsylvania. Other potential presentation topics include forestry practices; deer and regeneration in Virginia 
forests; forest management in Bolivia; wildlife management and conservation issues in the wildland urban interface, 
and natural history of the eastern box turtle. 

Nell Fredericksen New Lisitng 

465 Rambling Rose Road 
540-365-7400 

nfredericksen@ferrum.edu 
www.nellfredericksen.com 



Nell has several programs available: 

“Reptiles and Amphibians of Virginia” - This is a two-hour program popular with Master Naturalist groups. It can 
be broken down into two one-hour programs as listed below. These delve into the group characteristics and life 
cycles and then into individual species and their specific environments. 
“Reptiles of Virginia” - see above 
“Amphibians of Virginia” - see above 
“What are Reptiles” (for kids) -This program is appropriate for children of all ages and is good for schools, scouts 
and summer camps. It includes several live animals. 
“What are Reptiles and Amphibians” (for kids) - Similar to reptile program but with additional study of 
amphibians. 
“The Geographical, Cultural and Biological Diversity of Bolivia” -This program can be tailored as a natural 
history presentation or a more scientific presentation on the impacts of selective logging techniques on wildlife. 
“Birds of Bolivia” -A tour of the avian diversity from the high Andes to the tropical lowlands of Bolivia. 

Daphne Gemmill 

215 10th Street, SE 
Washington, DC 20003 
202-546-3624 until 10:00 p.m. 

daphnedgemmill@verizon.net 


Daphne Gemmill offers a wide variety of slide presentations, most of which are approximately 45 minutes in length. 
Among the selections are: 

“The Flora and Fauna of Our National Forests” 
“Plight of the Snow Geese” 
“Birding at the End of the Earth, Attu, Alaska” 
“Banding Warblers in the Bahamas” 
“The Birds of the Falkland Islands” 
“Birds of the Southern Oceans: Falklands, South Georgia, and 
Antarctica” 
“Birding the Roof of the World in Tibet” 
“Birding the Four Corners of South Africa” 
“Madagascar: A Conservation Challenge” 
“Birds of High Altitudes and Latitudes” 
“Southeast Asia: Birds, Culture, and Food” 
“The Birds of Vieques Island, Puerto Rico” 


Travel expenses are expected and honoraria greatly appreciated. 

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge 

Deloras Freeman, Outdoor Recreation Planner 
3100 Desert Road 
Suffolk, Virginia 23434 
757-986-3705 (office) 
757-986-2353 (fax) 

deloras_freeman@fws.gov 
www.fws.gov/northeast/greatdismalswamp 


Refuge hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Trails are open 7 days a week, dawn to dusk. Refuge 
orientations are available on request by contacting the refuge office, for organized groups of at least 10 members. 
Off-site programs are offered when staff scheduling permits. Reservations are required for all programs and should 
be made at least two weeks in advance. Call the refuge office during business hours. 


Sergio Harding 

Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries 
4010 W. Broad St. 
Richmond, VA 23230 
804-367-0143 

sergio.harding@dgif.virginia.gov 
www.dgif.virginia.gov 


Sergio is Nongame Bird Conservation Biologist for the Wildlife Diversity Division of the Virginia Department of 
Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF). He coordinates the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) in Virginia and participates in 
many of the DGIF’s bird survey and monitoring programs. He is available to give presentations on the BBS, as well 
as on bird survey and monitoring activities by the DGIF. His schedule is tight, so the more advance notice, the 
better. 

Mike Hayslett 

Director, Virginia Vernal Pools Program 
Department of Biology 
Sweet Briar College 
c/o P.O. Box 1144 
Amherst, VA 24521 
434-381-6523 (office) 

mhayslett@sbc.edu 


Mike’s 25-year career as a naturalist, field biologist, and conservation educator has centered around the areas of field 
ecology and Virginia’s natural history.He has also been a birder for over 30 years. His specialties include watchable 
wildlife habitat management, herpetology (reptiles and amphibians) and vernal pools—unique, declining habitats 
which are a special type of isolated, freshwater wetlands that are characterized by the presence of certain 
amphibians, crustaceans, and other fascinating biota.For more information visit www.virginiavernalpools.org. 

Important Bird Areas Program 

Richmond, VA 
Please contact by email: 


melfner@audubon.org 
director@virginiaauduboncouncil.org 
www.virginiaauduboncouncil.org 
www.teamwoodthrush.org 


Mary A. Elfner, a Toyota TogetherGreen Fellow, class of 2011 (http://www.togethergreen.org/fellows/fellow/maryelfner), 
is the Virginia Important Bird Area (IBA) program and Team Wood Thrush coordinator and works for the 
Virginia Audubon Council (VAC). The IBA program is an international effort to identify, conserve, and monitor a 
network of sites that provide essential habitat for bird populations. BirdLife International began the IBA program in 
Europe in1985. Since that time, BirdLife partners in more than 100 countries have joined together to build the 
global IBA network. Audubon, the BirdLifePartner in the U.S., has been working since 1995 to identify and 
conserve hundreds of IBAs all across the United States. The Virginia IBA program was established in 2003 by the 
National Audubon Society and the Virginia Audubon Council in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Game 
and Inland Fisheries and the Virginia Society of Ornithology. Mary provides an overview of the international IBA 
program and specific information and status of the Virginia IBA effort in a presentation filled with beautiful pictures 
of Virginia birds, and what is being done on-the-ground to conserve the Commonwealth’s birdlife. 

Bruce Ingram 

1009 Brunswick Forge Road 
Troutville, VA 24175 


540-992-6214 after 5:00 p.m. 

be_ingram@juno.com 
www.bruceingramoutdoors.com 

Bruce Ingram is the author of over 2,100 magazine articles on the outdoors and has sold over 2,500 photos to 
magazines since he began writing in 1983. Ingram writes for a number of outdoor magazines such as Virginia 
Wildlife, Wildlife in North Carolina, Bassmaster, Virginia Game and Fish, Turkey Call, and many others. He is the 
author of the James River Guide which details the 26 float trips available on the upper James from the river’s 
beginning to Richmond. The book includes information on access points, major rapids, topographical references, 
and fishing, birding, paddling, and photography tips. Ingram has also published The New River Guide which covers 
the same topics as the James book and the 29 float trips on the New River in North Carolina, Virginia, and West 
Virginia. His third book is The Shenandoah/Rappahannock Rivers Guide and has a similar format, except much 
historical information is included. The books are all available from Ecopress (800-326-9272). The New and 
Shenandoah books cost $18.25. Ingram’s latest book is Fly and Spin Fishing for River Smallmouths. The book 
deals with fishing tips, of course, but also has chapters on improving wildlife habitat. cost is $19.25. For signed, 
dedicated copies, contact Bruce via e-mail, or send a check to him at the address above. 

Topics that Ingram has spoken on before include the following: 

“The James River” (see book reference above) 
“Life Cycle of the Wild Turkey” (including its many calls and demon-strations on how to make them) 
“Grouse and Quail in Virginia and Their Status and Future” 
“How to be a Successful Freelance Photojournalist” 
“Canoeing and Birding the New River” 
“Conservation Land Trusts and Their Importance to Wildlife” 
“Canoeing and Birding the Shenandoah and Rappanhannock Rivers” 
“Creative Timber Harvesting and Wildlife Plantings for Songbirds and Other Wildlife” 


Bruce now has a website with a weekly outdoors themed blog at the address listed above. 

Teta Kain New Programs 

7083 Caffee Creek Lane 
Gloucester VA 23061-3374 
804-693-5246 (cell) 
804-693-4560 (home) 

tkdragonrun7@gmail.com 


Teta has been presenting nature shows around the state for many years and over time has added quite a few new 
topics. She has all of her own equipment and has no restriction on travel distances. For a description of any or all of 
her presentations, contact Teta at the phone number or email above. 

General Nature: 

“Feeding Wild Birds” 
“Nesting Birds” 
“Butterflies of Virginia” 
“Moths of Virginia” 
“The Strange World of Fungi” 
“Spiders of Virginia - Their Lives and Times” 
“What’s in YOUR Backyard?” 
“Plants Along Coastal Plain Waterway” 
“Never Leave Home Without Your Camera” 


Virginia Natural Areas: 

“Wildlife Along Virginia’s Rivers” 


“Dismal Swamp” 
“Dragon Run” 
“Plover Paradise” 


Travelogues: 

“Australia – Land Down Under” 
“Antarctic Ice – the Ultimate Adventure” 
“Panama” 
“Ecuador – on High in the Andes” 


Bill Leaning 

95 Graemont Lane 
Earlysville, VA 22936 
434-964-1610 

omanu@embarqmail.com 


Dr. Bill Leaning, originally from New Zealand, is a retired veterinarian and enthusiastic nature photographer. He 
has traveled extensively throughout the world, visiting some 44 countries. 

Following retirement in 1991 and the acquisition of “some serious photographic equipment,” nature photography 
has become an incurable disease and a major retirement avocation. Since moving to their Earlysville, Virginia, 
home in April of 1998, Bill and his wife Clare have been almost full-time “in the garden.” Their 17-acre wooded 
property is named “Omanu,” which, in the New Zealand Maori language, means “the place of birds.” The major 
objective of all new planting and landscaping is to attract more birds. 

Rarely without a camera nearby, Bill is continuously adding to his portraits of nature as interesting wildlife subjects 
present themselves. After several years of procrastination, he changed over from film to digital photography during 
a birding trip to Belize in 2004. He has been enjoying the extraordinary versatility of this medium ever since. 

Topics recently presented include: 

“Gardening for Birds.” This program is a pictorial diary of the winged creatures, including birds, butterflies and 
dragonflies as well as other critters that have visited Omanu in recent years. We hope all who attend this 
presentation will come away with an even deeper appreciation of nature’s wonders. 
“Birding Down Under.” This program is a sample of the unique birdlife in the Antipodes. Because of long 
isolation from other landmasses, the bird life of Australia and New Zealand has a very special and distinctive 
character. Many of the bird species occur nowhere else in the world; others are either highly unusual or especially 
primitive forms. With each visit “Down Under,” new images of the unique wildlife are added to constantly update 
this program. Sit back and enjoy some portraits of the wonderful birds down under. 
“New Zealand, The Living Land.” Eighty million years ago, a primal southern land mass called Gondwana, slowly 
broke apart, leaving a lone sliver of land adrift on the rim of a tectonic plate, later becoming the islands of New 
Zealand. These islands were completely dominated by some 250 species of birds. When first discovered over 800 
years ago, it was a truly primeval environment. Within a hundred years of man’s arrival, more than a quarter of 
these, mostly unique to New Zealand, birds would disappear forever. Although the adverse impact of human 
settlement is enormous, with many habitats and species lost, much beauty and diversity still exists. New Zealand 
remains a unique natural environment, continually reminding us that while much has been lost, there is much to save 
in that other land “down under.” 
“Australia.” Another spin-off from “Birding Down Under” is a program devoted to Australia, an ancient land of 
stark contrasts, wide open spaces and weathered plains, mostly desert or semi-desert. Forests hug the Eastern 
Ranges and Southwest corner. Australia has an eclectic mix of bird species. The majority of the approximately 750 
species are land birds, and almost half are endemic. 


Allyson Lee 

4441 Old Mountain Road NE 
Roanoke, VA 24019 
540-397-1008 

swampwitch@cox.net 

Wildlife Care Alliance volunteer Allyson Lee offers PowerPoint programs with visual excitement and stimulation 
(some live animals available depending on program and needs.) She covers topics such as: 

“Wildlife Rehabilitation” - Who we are, what we do, and how you can help 
“What to do if you find a wild animal in need” -And how to determine if it is in need 

For those interested in becoming rehabilitators, she offers the following: 

“Reptile Rehabilitation” 
“Bird Rehabilitation” 
“Mammal Rehabilitation” 

Programs can be tailored to your needs. Travel expenses for the speaker and a tax deductible donation to the 
organization are requested. 

Stephen Living 

3909 Airline Blvd. 
Chesapeake, VA 23321 
757-465-6868 

stephen.living@dgif.virginia.gov 


Stephen is a Watchable Wildlife Biologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. His 
experience includes extensive environmental education as well as habitat evaluation and restoration. Stephen gives 
presentations on a number of topics including: backyard habitat, invasive species, urban biology, the Virginia 
Birding and Wildlife Trail—as well as various species and groups of organisms. With a variety of responsibilities 
and a large geographic area to cover, please allow as much advance notice for scheduling as possible. 

Pete Myers 

White Hall VA 22932 
434-249-3448 

jpm@ehn.org 


Pete Myers is an avid birder and bird photographer with decades of field experience. He received a Ph.D. from the 
University of California, Berkeley for his field research on shorebirds, which took him from Arctic Alaska to 
southern Argentina. He was a research ornithologist at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, where he 
continued shorebird research in California, Peru and Chile. For three years he served as Senior Vice President for 
Science at the National Audubon Society. His photographs appeared on four covers of Audubon’s birding magazine, 
American Birds, and he wrote about shorebird behavior for Audubon Magazine and Natural History magazine. 
After leaving Audubon to become director of the W. Alton Jones Foundation, he served on Audubon’s board for four 
years. In 2009 he co-created BirdsEye, the iPhone birding app that uses eBird to help birders find birds and great 
places to go birding. BirdsEye was the New York Times app of the week in 2010. In 2011 he surprised the Virginia 
birding community by discovering and documenting the first state record of the Violet-Green Swallow near his 
home in central Virginia. 

Pete has lectured widely on birds, bird behavior and bird photography. His talks include stunning close-ups of 
common and rare species. His recent lectures have focused on “The evolution of a bird photographer.” Pete was 
co-author of the best selling book, Our Stolen Future, about how chemical contamination affects fetal development. 


He also lectures around the world on this subject, and how a revolution in environmental health science holds the 
promise for making people healthier. 

Pete would appreciate receiving the honorarium customary for the speaking venue, as well as travel expenses. 

Bob Schamerhorn New Program 

1101 Glidewell Rd. 
Richmond, VA 23227 
804-477-3433 

bob@iPhotoBirds.com 
www.iphotobirds.com 

Will travel • Fee negotiable • Free color brochure upon request. 

Life-long birder Bob Schamerhorn is a Virginia native. He is a member of the Richmond Audubon Society and 
VSO.Visit the “Speaker Info” link at www.iphotobirds.com for sample images. 

“Wet & Wild 2.1 - Attracting Birds With Water.” (NEWLY REFORMATTED AND UPGRADED.) Attract a 
greater diversity of birds to your yard with a small, simple water feature. This dynamic presentation contains over 
fifty different bird species drinking, bathing and splashing around. Come see how a little water can greatly improve 
your backyard habitat and enjoyment of birds. Each different time of year brings new and exciting species, whether 
it is winter, breeding season, spring migration or fall migration. Includes stories and experiences from hundreds of 
hours of observation. There is even a segment on how to built and install this simple, low-maintenance water 
feature and the materials used. The program is displayed with stunning still photography, plus HD video clips and 
BIRD CALLS. This show always inspires tremendous enthusiasm and is great for garden clubs too. (About 40 
minutes). 
“Winter Woods of The Apache.” - ALL NEW! This ALL NEW program shows many of the amazing birds, animals 
and beautiful landscape of the legendary Bosque Del Apache NWR in New Mexico. consider Bosque a “bucket list” 
location for any birder or wildlife photographer. This show is composed of colorful photographs along with an 
overview of some of the best places to bird and view wildlife in the area. Each winter thousands of Sandhill Cranes 
and Snow Geese spend the winter months at this refuge. The result is a spectacular occurrence of nature, displayed 
within the amazing scenery of the southwest. (About 40 minutes). 
“Birding in Central Florida.” This program is filled with a spectacular array of birds that only Florida can offer— 
Swallow-tailed Kites, Roseate Spoonbills and Florida Scrub Jays. Amazing photographs and discussion of the best 
places to bird watch and view wildlife in central Florida. 
“Coastal Birds Of The Atlantic.” Gulls, terns, skimmers, sandpipers, plovers, herons, egrets, swans, ducks, geese, 
mergansers, rails and more. Beautiful photos accompany informational stories and a wide variety of our favorite 
shorebirds, plus discussion of habitats, migration and their challenges. 
“Richmond’s Rookery.” In this program see and learn about the amazing social nesting behavior of these 
magnificent birds as they colonize within the city limits of Virginia’s capital. Trains, trestles and skyscrapers have 
not discouraged the great blues from this thriving rookery. Covers courtship, rituals and other neighboring species 
as well. 
“Wildlife Photography Basics.” Want to improve your wildlife photography skills? Or want to increase the 
enjoyment of your overall birdwatching experience? Learn about stalking, predictable habits, patience, where and 
when to go. Great for all bird lovers and alike, novice to experienced. 
“Birds Of Oahu, Hawaii.” Oahu’s birds are a mixture of native, migrant and introduced species. Colorful 
landscapes accompany colorful avain images along with adventuresome stories. Information about these unique 
birds and the struggles they face. This show will leave you hungry for Pacific travel and fresh pineapples. 

Phil Shelton 

University of Virginia’s College at Wise 
1 College Ave. 
Wise, VA 24293 


276-328-0200 (office), 276-706-4074 (home) 

pcs@uvawise.edu 


This well-traveled professor of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise presents entertaining slides and 
narrations of the many places he has visited around the world. Selections include: 

“Birds of the Pacific” 
“Isle Royale” 
“Mt. Rogers” 


Phil also offers programs on India and China. 

Fletcher Smith New Listing 

Research Biologist 
The Center for Conservation Biology 
The College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University 
Williamsburg, VA 
757-221-1617 (office) 

fmsmit@wm.edu 


Several programs are available. All are picture, map, or video heavy (not so heavy on the esoteric science aspects) 
and appropriate for bird clubs. 

“Satellite Tracking of Whimbrels in Virginia” 
“The Status of Red Knots in Virginia” 
“The Status and Distribution of Sharp-tailed Sparrows in Virginia” 
“Northern Saw-whet Owl Studies on the Lower Delmarva Peninsula of Virginia” 


Matt Smith 

Executive Director 
The Central Virginia Parrot Sanctuary 
3026 Ellisville Dr. 
Louisa VA 23093 
540-967-0447 

www.projectperry.com 


Matt established the Central Virginia Parrot Sanctuary, also known as Project Perry, in 2006. The Sanctuary is 
dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and sanctuary of exotic parrots and other birds living in captivity. 
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Sanctuary is funded largely by public contributions. Matt has spoken at 
various events and meetings including bird clubs, animal control associations and animal welfare conferences. 
Topics include avian welfare, caring for birds in a shelter setting and establishing a companion animal rescue or 
sanctuary. The Sanctuary is located in Louisa County and is one of only a handful of accredited parrot sanctuaries 
located throughout the Country. A main focus of the Sanctuary is to provide natural, free flight environments with 
others of their kind. During a speaking engagement you can learn about the issues that affect non-native birds 
commonly kept as pets as well as how you can help them. Approximately one hour is needed along with a projector 
to display a power point presentation. Matt does not have a set fee, but does ask that a donation be made to the 
sanctuary, with the minimum based on distance traveled. 

John Spahr New Programs 

234 West Frederick St. 
Staunton, VA 24401 
540-887-2345 (home) 


jspahr@yahoo.com (preferred method of contact) 

John is a retired physician (pathologist) with a long-term interest in birds and conservation. In his quest to 
continually learn more about birds he has developed a number of informative programs. He also has a technical 
facility for digital presentations and uses high quality images to illustrate the contents of each program. His 
presentations are designed both to inform and entertain. 

Some of John’s most popular presentations are: 

“Owls - Birds of Mystery and Majesty.” This program includes some introductory notes on man’s historical 
fascination and, at times, fear of owls. Some of the unique and special anatomical and behavioral adaptations of this 
interesting bird family are discussed. It concludes with a brief overview of the owls of Virginia. 
“Wild and Weird Birds of the World.” John has birded many continents and countries. In doing so he has seen 
some strange birds and fascinating avian behaviors. These personal observations triggered additional focused study 
of some of the more unusual species. With the use of high quality images John will share his knowledge and 
insights of some birds that range from the beautiful to the bizarre...and beyond. 
“Feathers and Plumage.” All birds are covered in part by feathers. Tundra swans, for example, have about 25,000, 
while many songbirds have less than 4000. Feathers warm and protect birds and are essential for flight. They come 
in various shapes, sizes and colors and also serve as camouflage and adornment. This program will explore the 
structure and function of feathers with images and illustrations. It will also highlight some amazing plumage 
adornments of birds (e.g. hummingbirds, birds of paradise), some of which are truly “eye candy.” 

Other program titles include : 

“Birding Basics” 
“Extreme Birding” 
“Avian Flight” 
“Warblers” 
“Kingfishers and Kookaburras” 
“John’s Big Year - 2010” 


David Spears 

3928 Bell Road 
Dillwyn, Virginia 23936 
434-951-6350 (office), 434-983-1817 (home) 

merlin2752@yahoo.com 


VSO president from 2007 to 2009, David presents an informative talk on the history of the organization, its 
programs, accomplishments, publications and field trips. 

Randy Thrasher 

120 Woodbine Drive 
Lynchburg, VA 24502 
434-239-5850 

siskin1@verizon.net 


Randy Thrasher is a VSO Life Member and has become passionate about videotaping birds and other animals. He 
and his wife Sue have had an opportunity go to far-away places to bird. Smaller birds are not often seen on nature 
television because of the difficulties with taping them, and this is Randy’s greatest interest. Randy offers the 
following videos: 

“Madagascar People, Birds, and Lemurs” shows birds, lemurs, and a touch of the culture and music of this exotic 
island nation. 
“Birding Peru, a World Class Adventure” gives the experience of traveling in a third world country, good looks at 


many birds, and beautiful Peruvian music. 
“Birding Northern Peru” features many birds that were seen while traveling 21 days through varied habitat found 
in the northern part of this country near the Pacific coast Amazon head waters and the Andes. Peruvian music is 
beautiful and the Andes scenery is breathtaking, literally and figuratively. 
“Birding the Eastern U.S. through the Seasons” provides looks at many sought-after birds that pass through the 
Mid-Atlantic throughout the year, including close-up shots of warblers and rare winter visitors. 
“Ecuador Birds and People” is a candid view of birds, music, and people of Ecuador. 
“Birding the Southwest United States in April (Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, and San Diego)” provides great looks 
at 50 western birds including California Condor, and a look at the area’s cultural uniqueness. 
“Birding Brazil” looks at birds of the Atlantic Rainforest, the Pantanal, and southern tributaries of the Amazon. 
Over 140 bird species and many rare animals are shown in the video. 
“Birding in Borneo and mainland Malaysia” shows birds, most of the native primates, and people. 
“Calypso Birding in Trinidad and Tobago” shows good video of many of the birds with Calypso music in the 
background. 


Randy enjoys sharing his experiences through use of his videos. If a group is interested in seeing any of his 
programs they will need to provide a large screen TV, DVD player, or some other means to project or play a video 
from the DVD player. 


The Virginia Bluebird Society 

4749 Tapestry Dr. 
Fairfax, VA 22032 
703-764-9268 

vbs@virginiabluebirds.org 
cjbish@aol.com 
www.virginiabluebirds.org 


The Virginia Bluebird Society offers a spectacular program on bluebirds, other common cavity nesters, and methods 
for establishing bluebird trails. Our speakers bring exhibit materials and handouts. Several members throughout the 
state are available to give this program. Please contact our main office, our web page, or email us to make 
arrangements. 

VA Department of Game & Inland Fisheries 

4010 W. Broad St. 
Richmond, VA 23230 
804-367-1000 (main number), 804-367-9369 (information desk) 


www.dgif.virginia.gov 

The Game Department has wildlife biologists, fisheries biologists, nongame biologists, game wardens and other 
staff stationed throughout the state who may be called upon to assist with a program or presentation, as time permits. 
In addition to our headquarters office above, the Department has several regional and field offices. Please contact 

the office nearest you for assistance. 
Regional Offices: 
3801 John Tyler Memorial. Hwy. 1132 Thomas Jefferson Rd. 
Charles City, VA 23030 Forest, VA 24551-9223 
804-829-6580 434-525-7522 
P. O. Box 996 1796 Highway Sixteen 
Verona, VA 24482 Marion, VA 24354 
540-248-9360 276-783-4860 
1320 Belman Road 
Fredericksburg, VA 22401 


540-899-4169 
Field Offices: 
3909 Airline Blvd. 2206 S. Main St., Suite C 
Chesapeake, VA 23321 Blacksburg, VA 24060 
757-465-6811 540-961-8304 
107 Foxwood Dr. 
Farmville, VA 23901 
434-392-9645 

Wildlife Care Alliance 

Gwenn H. Johnston, President 

P.O. Box 222 
Thaxton, VA 24174 
540-586-4394 (best method of contact) 
WCA Hotline 540-587-4007 
ghjbird@aol.com 


Wildlife Care Alliance is a non-profit group of licensed wildlife rehabilitators and concerned citizens working 
together to benefit native Virginia wildlife. Our organization serves a geographic area encompassing Roanoke, 
Bedford, Lynchburg, Blacksburg, adjacent counties and beyond—a large area of central-southwest Virginia. Our 
rehabilitators provide quality specialized care to orphaned, injured, sick, or displaced wildlife. Our goal is to release 
healthy, viable animals into appropriate habitat and to help the public understand the value of wildlife. WCA helps 
at least 1,500 wild animals each year. At least half of them are birds. 

The program consists of a 45-minute PowerPoint presentation about wildlife rehabilitation—what it is, why we do 
it, and how the public can help. This is followed by a short demonstration of how to safely capture and transport 
injured wild birds and mammals to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. 

We would be grateful if you could provide a PowerPoint projector and a screen or a blank white wall on which to 
project the images, and a table for demo items. There will be no live animals—only photos, stuffed animals and 
props. 
Expenses and honorarium gratefully accepted. All donations go to WCA to help defray expenses of wildlife 
rehabilitation. We would like to present within 50 miles of Bedford/Lynchburg/Roanoke, but distance is negotiable. 
The presentation is approximately one hour long. We are available mid-October to mid-April. Availability is 
negotiable at other times. 

Wildlife Center of Virginia 

P.O. Box 1557 
Waynesboro, VA 22980 
540-942-9453 
edu@wildlifecenter.org 


The Wildlife Center of Virginia is the foremost wildlife care and rehabilitation facility in the state and offers a 
variety of programs for both young and adult groups. Topics suitable for bird clubs and other conservation-minded 
organizations include birds of prey, wildlife habitats, problems facing wildlife, and a behind-the-scenes look at the 
care and rehabilitation procedures performed at the Center. Live native wildlife is included in each program. For 
more information about both adult and children’s programs, as well as fee schedules, call the number above and ask 
for the education department. 


Sylvia Hoehns Wright 

804-672-6007 

Sylvia@TheWrightScoop.com 
www.TheWrightScoop.com 

Sylvia Hoehns Wright, recipient of the 2008 Turning America from Eco-weak to Eco-chic Award, is a nationally 
recognized author and lecturer, workshop instructor, and eco-landscape/garden advocate.In her exploration of ecochic 
shea variety of eco-sustainable topics that include roof gardens,of native plants, or environmentally-friendly 
products.Although historically earth-friendly is defined in terms of reduce, reuse, and recycle, Wright’s 5 P approach 
—place, plant, planting strategy, purchase and people perspective—enables landscapes of CARE: conservation, 
accountability, recovery and eco-efficiency. Not simply lifestyle choices but a reflection of how we feel about the 
environment. For details, see Wright’s web site or acquire a copy of her book, From Eco-weak to Eco-chic: 
Landscape Green. 

Charles Ziegenfus 

Mathematics Dept. 
James Madison University 
Harrisonburg, VA 22807 
540-568-6408 or 540-434-3164 

ziegencw@jmu.edu 


“Everything You Wanted to Know About a Dark-eyed Junco and Maybe More!” Breeding biology of the Carolina 
Junco, altitudinal and latitudinal migration, winter population structures, winter dominance studies in free ranging 
birds (both Carolina and Northern juncos), and other demographic items. 
“Acorns, Chipmunks and Ground Nesting Birds.” This is about the ecology of the mountain top; how mast crop 
production fluctuation affects over-winter survival of chipmunks and deer mice, major predators of ground nesting 
birds (juncos in particular) and subsequent nesting success. 



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