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Rafael Galvez

Rafael Galvez has been birding and illustrating birds since childhood, a dual passion that developed when his family moved from Peru to South Florida. Always with a sketchpad in hand, he has traveled throughout the U.S., Latin America, and Eurasia in pursuit of birds. He served several years as a board member of the BirdLife International affiliate in the Republic of Georgia, developing educational and conservation programs.  He gained knowledge of the Caucasus region while directing a s...

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George Gerdts

George Gerdts taught middle school math and science for 40 years, retiring in 2009. He owns Pandion Nature Tours through which he leads a number of classes and day-trips around Bainbridge Island, Washington, where he has lived for the past 35 years. His interest in birding started at an early age in northern New Jersey. He has since traveled extensively in all of the United States, South America, Central America, Australia, Africa, and Europe. George conducted breeding-bird surveys for the US...

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Brian Gibbons

Brian Gibbons grew up in suburban Dallas where he began exploring the wild world in local creeks and parks. Chasing butterflies and any animal that was unfortunate enough to cross paths with the Gibbons boys occupied his childhood. A wooden bird feeder kit sparked a flame that was stoked by a gift of the Golden Guide and family camping trips to Texas state parks. Thirty years ago Brian attended two VENT camps for young birders. Birds are now his primary interest, but all things wild continue ...

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Kate Godman

BirdNote Director of Development, Kate Godman, is a beginning birder with roots in England, storytelling, and theatre. After working for many years as Casting Director for the Intiman Theatre in Seattle, Kate moved into a fundraising career at Book-It Repertory Theatre and the Frye Art Museum, also in Seattle. She loves to bring about transformational change in individuals and communities through storytelling, and she's thrilled to be learning about, and advocating for, birds and the natural ...

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Gerard Gorman

Gerard Gorman was born in England but has lived abroad for most of his adult life. He is an experienced birding and wildlife guide, specializing in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, where he led many tours including several to Poland. He is also a prolific author, having published numerous articles and papers and eleven books. Gerard's main ornithological interest lies in the Picidae (woodpeckers); indeed, he is the author of Woodpeckers of Europe (Coleman), Woodpecker (Reaktion), ...

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Paul Greenfield

Paul Greenfield grew up near New York City and became interested in birds as a child. He received his B.F.A. from Temple University where he was an art major at the Tyler School of Art. Since 1972, he has lived in Ecuador where his fascination for birds and art has culminated with the completion of 20 years of work illustrating The Birds of Ecuador, which he co-authored with Robert Ridgely. He is also co-author of Birds of Western Ecuador, a Photographic Guide (Princeton University Press) and...