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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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Margaret Anderson

Margaret Anderson (Tour Operations Manager) was motivated to embark on a career in travel & tourism following a transformative trip to China in 1993. She began in the specialty leisure market where she designed custom itineraries for independent travel and group tours throughout Mexico and Central America. Margaret joined the VENT office staff in 2011, after 14 years with a firm that provided management for worldwide conventions, meetings, and incentive trips for large corporations and as...

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Mike Ard

Mike Ard (Corporate Controller) joined the VENT team in December 2013. Mike brings 18 years of corporate finance and accounting experience in the mid-sized business segment in both CFO and Controller roles, as well as management consultancy. His concentration has focused on organizational financial management, process improvement, accounting operations, and business infrastructure enhancement in order to afford organizations the economic and structural capacity to drive growth. Mike holds an ...

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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...