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Patrick Cardwell

Patrick Cardwell has been passionate about birding since his boyhood days in rural surroundings. Armed with an introductory bird book and an inexpensive pair of binoculars, he embarked on what has proved to be an enduring and intense interest for over 50 years. During this time Patrick enthusiastically indulged in tape recording, bird photography, bird banding, and regional distribution assessments throughout Southern Africa as part of the S.A. Bird Atlas Project. This was the background for ...

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Kitty Coley

Kitty Coley is a geologist, naturalist, and avid birder who has led natural history tours for the National Geographic Society and Smithsonian Institute for over 20 years. Tour destinations have included Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, the Galapagos, Ecuador, the Peruvian Amazon and Andes, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Antarctica, Alaska, Newfoundland, Labrador, and Iceland, as well as the western United States and Canada. Other nature travels have taken her to East Africa, Australia, Belize, Ho...

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Laura Cruz

Laura Cruz has volunteered for BirdNote since 2015 and is now technology advisor to the BirdNote board. Laura organized and managed BirdNote’s first Reddit AMA/Ask Me Anything, with Gordon Orians talking about blackbirds. Her favorite bird is the Red-winged Blackbird, which was the first bird to draw her into the world of bird-watching. She hails from Puerto Rico, where she grew up surrounded by the rainforest and its tropical fauna. She now enjoys staying in touch with her Puerto Rican...