Learn about the BirdsEye Team
We are excited about supporting citizen science project by creating technology solutions to increase the impact and use of each project.
David Bell is a lifelong birder who has spent his career in businesses devoted to improving the environment. His most fun project was helping to found the Reva Electric Car Company in India, which is now among the largest electric vehicle manufacturers in the world. Dave is the leader of our flock, an enthusiastic county birder, and a bit obsessive about product quality and data integrity. As an undergrad, Dave worked as research assistant to Ernst Mayr and ornithology curatorial assistant to Raymond Paynter in the MCZ. Years of intensive birding therapy have helped Dave partially recover from his undergraduate degree in Physics from Harvard, his Ph.D. in Robotics from the University of Michigan and MBA from Columbia. Dave’s job is to keep the trains running on time.
Special thanks to this wonderful group of birding enthusiasts for their generous contributions of photos, text, and expertise. This list includes our authors and our top photo contributors:
- Kenn Kaufman
- Mat Gilfedder
- Dan Tallman
- David Hollie
- Andrew Core
- Jack Jeffrey
- Kasia Ganderska-Someya
- Chris Lansdell
- Ashley Bradford
- Jeff Moore
- JC Knoll
- Bill Adams
- Gerald Hoekstra
- Chris Fagyal
- Alex Lamoreaux
Check out the complete list of all photographers who have contributed images in BirdsEye.
Thanks to all for lending a hand to the BirdsEye Project!
Kenn is author of the top selling “Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America”, and contributes the text for the North American species in BirdsEye! Kenn’s writing provides helpful birding finding tips and descriptions to help you identify and learn more about the birds you see.
Kenn is an author, artist, naturalist, and conservationist, known for his work on several popular field guides of birds and butterflies in North America. In 1973, he nearly set the record for the most North American bird species seen in one year (671) while participating in a Big Year, a year-long birding competition.
His cross-country birding journey, covering some eighty thousand miles, was eventually recorded in a memoir, Kingbird Highway. In 1992, Kenn was received the Ludlow Griscom Award by the American Birding Association. Kaufman also received the ABA Roger Tory Peterson Award in 2008 for a “lifetime of achievements in promoting the cause of birding.”
We have a special fondness for Kenn Kaufman Guides & Books. Ken is a big BirdsEye supporter and author of its descriptive text.
Mat is a keen birder who was born and raised in Australia. He has contributed many of the bird images and is the author of the text that you see for the 800+ species in BirdsEye AU.
Check out some great examples of the Gilfedders’ avian and wildlife photography. Mat has a PhD in hydrology and enjoys his day job as a senior research scientist at the CSIRO. He is also an avid eBirder and one of the eBird regional editors for Australia, Indonesia and Nepal.
Many thanks to the Mat and his wife Cathy for bringing the world BirdsEye AU!
Dan was introduced to birding by John Trott, his seventh grade teacher. He became a protégé of Roxie Laybourne of the Smithsonian, earned his B.S in Biology from Antioch College and a Masters and Ph.D. in Vertebrate Zoology from Louisiana State University under George H. Lowery, Jr. While graduate students, Dan and his wife Erika, studied birds in Peru and Ecuador, during three expeditions from 1972 through 1976. Dan’s dissertation explored the habitat partitioning by antbirds in Limoncocha, Ecuador. During one South American expedition, Dan discovered a new avian species, which he named after John P. O’Neill, Nephelornis oneilli. Dan and Erika also have a bird named after them, Pipreola reifferi tallmanorum. Dan and Erika spent their professional life teaching biology at Northern State University in South Dakota. After nearly thirty years, they retired to Northfield, Minnesota, where they photograph and band birds, and recently began studying dragonflies.
David is a Biology major currently at Southern Adventist University near Chattanooga, TN. He started birding at the age of 10, sparked by bird song CDs his mom gave to him as a Christmas present. He loves birding with other young people, and insistently encourages everyone he meets to use eBird.
David has made a few trips to other countries, but is quite happy to bird locally, especially on his property in Ringgold, GA. In addition to birds, he enjoys butterflies, dragonflies, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals.
Andrew works for Athletes in Action, which has taken him to a couple dozen countries and to Tucson, AZ for the last 14 years. The first bird he remembers is an Eastern Screech-Owl, seen in his native Tennessee with his father and grandfather when he was 11. Early involvement with the Tennessee Ornithological Society gave him a lifelong passion and appreciation for birds, and lots of great friends who just happened to be 40-50 years older than him (which was good, because they could drive and they knew where the birds were).
Andrew serves on the Arizona Bird Committee and as the eBird reviewer for Santa Cruz County (AZ) and hotspot editor for Arizona. He has compiled the Tucson RBA since 2010, and enjoys creating maps for birders. His favorite place to bird is Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson, where there is always something interesting.
Andrew is blessed with four children and his wife Shannon, who loves college football as much as he does, if not more.
Jack almost single-handedly contributed photos for nearly every species of bird in Hawaii, and also for hundreds of African birds. As a long time resident of the Big Island of Hawaii, wildlife biologist, photographer and birder, Jack, is intimately familiar with Hawaii’s hidden valleys, remote rainforests and rare birds. He brings to his images the knowledge from over 30 years of observation and study of Hawaii’s endemic birds, as well as those from around the Pacific. He combines a naturalist’s curiosity with a photographer’s patience and technical skill to produce beautiful images. Jack contends’ that “Public awareness is the greatest asset to Hawaii’s imperiled species”.
Jack is the recipient of the prestigious National Sierra Club 2002 Ansel Adams’ Award for Conservation Photography, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Recovery Champion Award, Nature Conservancy of Hawaii Kako’o Aina Award, Hawaii Chapter Sierra Club Conservationist of the Year Award, and Hawaii Audubon Society Conservationist of the Year Award. Jack is co-author of two books, “Hawaii’s Beautiful Birds”, and “The Pocket Guide to Hawaii’s Birds”. His photographs been featured in numerous local, national, and international magazines, books and calendars.
Kasia loves birds and bird photography. She photographed many of the Japanese and East Asian birds in BirdsEye. Kasia was born in 1977 in Warsaw, Poland, and studied Japanese philosophy at Warsaw University. After graduation she moved to Japan for further study, and as it happens to marry and stay there for good. Since she was a little girl, Kasia has been interested in wildlife and has enjoyed watching the local animals and bird life. Her husband – also a birder – introduced her to wildlife photography, and her bird photography became a special passion. Kasia is also a programmer for a mid-size company. Her ideal job would be one that allows her to use her web and language skills in combination with her love of birds and photography.
Chris has been an active birder since 1985. Based in Norfolk on the east coast of the UK he is a keen local birder mixing the local stuff with the odd UK twitch. Having birded all over the Western Palearctic region Chis has been spreading his wings further afield in recent years – into Asia, Africa and South America. He has led birding tour groups throughout the Western Palearctic with a particular interest in the Middle East, and also undertaken a variety of bird survey work including the Israeli Soaring Bird Survey as well as more locally based projects. More recently Chris is dabbling in the dark art of bird photography – he claims, “with mixed results”, but we know better! Keen to help other birders Chris includes trip reports and travels on his website and blog in the hope they will prove useful for others planning their trips.
Ashley Bradford is a visual designer in Northern Virginia with a lifelong passion for the natural world. For many years, she has been driven to observe and document the world of insects, spiders, plants, and birds. She has contributed more than 350 photos to the BirdsEye app, including many stunning images of gulls, waterfowl, and alcids. She is also the artist behind several of our BirdsEye icons, including South America and Australia. She specializes in graphics for mobile apps, has extensive experience in drawing and illustration, and has been involved in the design of numerous websites. She uses her art and photography to reveal seldom-seen features of the natural world. Her artwork and photography can be seen at:
Jeff started watching birds at age 9 and acquired his first camera while in high school. He used primarily Pentax 35mm equipment for over 25 years. Like many people his desire to photograph would wax and wane. Then, in 2001 Jeff purchased his first digital SLR. That event completely renewed his interest in photography. It also required a complete change of equipment to Canon gear.
Jeff enjoys traveling to new areas to see different birds and wildlife, and loves the challenge of photographing many different types of animals in a wide variety of conditions.
JC Knoll became an avid birder at the age of 9 while working on a Cub Scout project to identify ten birds in his yard. What he thought would be an impossible task turned out to take only a few minutes, but by then he was hooked! This experience opened his eyes to a world of appreciation and wonder. Since then, birding has been a constant source of enjoyment for JC.
JC got into bird photography in 2005 and has pursued it whenever time permitted. A retired naval officer, he lives in southeast Georgia and photographs birds mainly in southern Georgia and northern Florida but enjoys several trips a year to look for birds and other natural wonders.
Bill Adams is a birder and bird/wildlife photographer from Duncan, OK. He started getting more into birds about 9 years ago when he saw a Pileated Woodpecker land outside his apartment. Soon after that he got his first DSLR so he could take pictures of the birds he saw and later look up their ID’s. His main interest is bird photography, but will photograph just about anything. When not working for a local university, he enjoys traveling anywhere in Oklahoma to photograph birds.
Gerald Hoekstra is an avid birder and photographer from Northfield, Minn. Although most of his birding has been in the Upper Midwest, he has birded throughout North America. He is a member of ABA and Minnesota Ornithological Union. By profession Hoekstra is a Professor at St. Olaf College, where he teaches courses in music history and directs the college’s early music ensembles. When not at work or out birding, Hoekstra enjoys cycling, cross-country skiing, golf, and travel.
Chris’ beautiful images highlight his talents as a birder and photographer, and reflect a strong love of nature in general. When not performing his duties as a software engineering manager at Aeorflex in Lenex, KS, Chris enjoys travelling to far off places such as South Africa, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Costa Rica and England. He is especially fond of the Mindo area of Ecuador, and the Antpittas (Grallariidae). His most memorable birding experience was seeing his first Resplendent Quetzal in Costa Rica. When not travelling, Chris enjoys the company of an awesome miniature Australian shephard named Callie.
Alex is the lead writer and photographer for NemesisBird.com. He is currently working for the Center for Conservation Biology, studying migrant Whimbrel and other coastal birds of Virginia’s eastern shore. Alex is also studying Wildlife Biology at the Pennsylvania State University, while also trying to track down as many new Centre County birds as possible. An avid birder since 8 years old, Alex has since been able to travel not only across most of the United States, but also to Central America and Southern Africa in search birds. Raptors, shorebirds, and warblers are among his favorite groups of birds to observe and photograph.