Featured speakers

Director, New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory David LaPuma is the Director of NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory, and avid birder, ornithologist, conservationist, and photographer.

Scientific Advisor, Canadian Migration Monitoring Network Ricky Dunn’s eclectic career has included teaching (Trent University), research (Emeritus Scientist at Environment Canada) and working for non-profits (Long Point Bird Observatory and Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology). She helped initiate several of the volunteer data-gathering programs now run by Bird Studies Canada and partners, including the North America wide Project FeederWatch. Many of Dunn’s publications analyse and evaluate data from citizen science programs that monitor population change, from the scale of a single bird observatory up to international programs such as the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Among her awards she is especially proud of the Linnaean Society of New York’s Eisenmann Medal, which jointly recognizes ornithological excellence and encouragement of amateurs. Dunn remains active in retirement as a scientific advisor to the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network.

Ricky Dunn’s eclectic career has included teaching (Trent University), research (Emeritus Scientist at Environment Canada) and working for non-profits 

picture PabloExecutive Director, Costa Rica Bird Observatories Pablo, better known as "Chespi", currently works under an agreement between the US Forest Service, the Klamath Bird Observatory, and the National Institute of Biodiversity (INBio), coordinating their bird monitoring efforts in Costa Rica.

Chairman of the Board, Falsterbo Bird Observatory Björn was born and raised in Falsterbo, where he still lives with his family, and started birding as a young boy. He has worked regularly as a ringer, migration counter, guide etc. at Falsterbo Bird Observatory since the late 80s and today sit as Chairman of the Board of Falsterbo Bird Observatory.

Director, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory Allen Fish has been director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory since its inception in 1985.

Executive Director, Klamath Bird Observatory As Klamath Bird Observatory co-founder, John works with KBO’s Board of Directors, Research Advisor, Science Director, Outreach and Science Communications Specialist, and Executive Administrator overseeing all aspects of the organization's efforts. John has been working to integrate bird conservation with natural resource management in the Pacific Northwest since 1992. He is focused on applying bird conservation science as a tool for advancing ecosystem conservation regionally, nationally, and internationally. His expertise includes participatory action research; ecological monitoring and research using standard bird and habitat sampling techniques; the use of scientific results for overcoming land stewardship challenges; and the development of applied science tools and teaching materials for natural resource management professionals, community members, and students of all ages. As Klamath Bird Observatory co-founder, John works with KBO’s Board of Directors, Research Advisor, Science Director, Outreach and Science Communications Specialist, and..

Research Associate, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Andrew Farnsworth began birding at age 5 in Rye, NY. He quickly developed a fascination for bird migration and has been fortunate to turn his passion into a career.

Co-founder, Point Blue Conservation Science C. John (CJ) Ralph is a Research Wildlife Ecologist Emeritus at the USDA Forest Service's Redwood Sciences Laboratory in Arcata, California, and a Faculty Associate in the Department of Biological Sciences at Humboldt State University. He was educated at U.C. Berkeley, San Jose State University, and the Johns Hopkins University.

Executive Director, Black Swamp Bird Observatory Kimberly Kaufman is an Ohio native whose lifelong love of the outdoors grew into a passion for birds in the 1990s. She monitored nesting Bald Eagles for the Ohio Division of Wildlife and ran bluebird trails before she began banding migrant songbirds for the Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO).

Media Manager, British Trust for Ornithology Paul is the Media Manager for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). A lifelong birder, he joined the Trust in 2006 to promote the work of the BTO to a wider audience.

Birding Ambassador, New Jersey Audubon Pete Dunne is an American author, famous for his writings on natural history and birding. He is also the founder of the World Series of Birding, the current Birding Ambassador for New Jersey Audubon, as well as the former director of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory.