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Chris Altwegg

Chris Altwegg has been with BirdNote from the start. He’s a strategic thinker with 25+ years of experience helping businesses and organizations grow and thrive. He is a former Seattle Audubon board member. As BirdNote flourished and grew to be a national program, Chris was the first president of the board for the new nonprofit. His favorite bird is the Blue Jay, because it’s so evocative of his growing up in Texas. He currently teaches iPhone and iPad skills to seniors. Chris enjo...

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David Ascanio

David Ascanio, a Venezuelan birder and naturalist, has spent 30+ years guiding birding tours throughout his native country, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, the Amazon River, Cuba, and the Lesser Antilles. He has also led tours to Guyana, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, and Chile. He is especially interested in bird vocalizations and has a private library containing voices of more than 70% of all the birds of Venezuela. David combines superb birding skills wit...

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Gustave Axelson

Gustave Axelson is Editorial Director at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where he oversees content strategy and production for the Cornell Lab’s online and print publications. His charge is to use the power of storytelling to share the excitement of scientific research and discovery, within the Cornell Lab and around the world of ornithology, with our 60,000 members and 16 million friends on the web. As part of his duties, Gus serves as the editor for the Cornell Lab’s members-onl...