CMBO WALK VOLUNTEERSKathy Horn started birding about 20 years ago in Hunterdon County after being inspired by Don Freiday’s ability to identify birds by ear. She became an associate naturalist for CMBO in 2005 and has been a leader on their World Series of Birding Century Run Team since that time.
Marc and Lynne Breslow have been actively participating in volunteer work for CMBO since 2004. They enjoy helping out on the various walks in Cape May, and Marc is a regular on the Hawkwatch in the fall.
Warren Cairo came to Cape May for a weekend in the fall and saw the hawk banding demonstration at Cape May Point State Park and an American Kestrel up close and personal for the first time. He was determined to learn more about these birds. Fortunately, Pat Sutton of CMBO was teaching a class that weekend on hawk identification and a few hours with her enthusiasm for birds and Warren was hooked, soon becoming a Life Member of CMBO and New Jersey Audubon. Since then he has birded extensively throughout North America and when his ABA list was around 700 he stopped counting. He has birded Australia, New Zealand, Ecuador, and Antarctica. Warren moved to Cape May in 2006 and when not leading walks he is out birding as often as he can in South Jersey.
Mark Garland is a naturalist and tour leader celebrated for his amazing wide-ranging knowledge, teaching skills and genial good nature. A resident of West Cape May, he was for many years on the staff of the Washington, D.C.-based Audubon Naturalists’ Society, and later a Senior Naturalist for CMBO. Now a free-lancer, Mark’s followers are legion, and few who join him for Cape May workshops or his international tours fail to repeat with another trip...and then another....
Mike Hannisian has been a Professor of English, a civil trial attorney, the executive director of a non-profit land trust, and a high school math teacher. Mike has been a naturalist since 1970 when he first traveled to the Rockies, and a photographer since the late 1960s. Mike for many years taught birding workshops and led and organized national and international birding tours, and has more recently begun teaching nature photography courses. He has recently returned to Cape May after nine years in the lower Rio Valley of deep south Texas.
W. John Heuges & Margaret M. Heuges - John has been a recreational birder for over seventy years. He started helping to lead trips under the tutelage of Bill Glaser back in the eighties. Bill always did Pete's Monday morning walk and sometimes he'd ask John to go along to help. In 2003, John and his wife, Margaret, became life members. John helped to lead many Belleplain walks and a few at the State Park. Did a lot of mowing and edging at the CRE for several years, did a number of inventories at the Northwood Center, helped in one way or another on almost every Big Weekend, and helped set up quite a few World Series at the park. John assisted Pete Dunne with his Beginning Birder classes, and taught Beginning Birders at the Cape May County Library and at the Ocean City Adult Evening School. John did the Horseshoe Crab Presentation for the Cape Maygration for the last five or six years, always with Margaret, who keeps him on target. They are still looking forward to one more!
Roger Horn has been a birder since he met his wife, Kathy, 18 years ago. He’s been a CMBO volunteer since 2007, helping participants ‘get on the birds’ on the World Series and on many weekend walks. He and Kathy have travelled the world, birding in Panama, South Africa, Europe, Chile, New Zealand and Thailand, as well as throughout the U.S.
Karen Johnson has been an Associate Naturalist for the Cape May Bird Observatory since 2002 when she started out by helping with walks at Turkey Point with Pete Dunne and Karen Williams. She now leads trips to Turkey Point, Jakes Landing Road, Belleplain State Forest, Peaslee WMA, Tuckahoe and Corbin City WMA, Edwin B. Forsythe NWR and other local birding areas. Karen enjoys introducing people to new areas that they may not have birded before. Karen is a board member as well as the correspondence secretary for Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River and its Tributaries. Her husband Brian Johnson, who is also an avid birder and naturalist, works for the Natural Lands Trust as the property manager and is recruited occasionally by Karen to help out with bird walks for CMBO. She and Brian have conducted many bird surveys for NJDEP and others. They live in Eldora where they maintain a wildlife garden that has been enjoyed by hundreds of people during Pat Sutton’s wildlife habitat walks and the garden has been featured in many local newspapers.
Patty Rourke serving as a CMBO/ NJ Audubon Associate Naturalist for the past decade has enabled her to follow her passion for birding and being a steward of the environment. She has been a volunteer most of her life and strongly believes in grass root sharing and initiatives. As an educational consultant in both public education and private industry, she develops, implements, and assesses professional development programs in STEM areas as well as Data Driven Differentiation. She shares her love for the environment with educators, too.
Chuck & Mary Jane Slugg, both retired public school teachers, have been active volunteers for Cape May Bird Observatory since 2002. After learning about raptors, migration, and CMBO’s mission from birders and volunteers at the Hawkwatch, they went to the Northwood Center to inquire about volunteering. After assisting for several years Chuck is now an Associate Naturalist who leads several walks each week. Mary Jane prefers to remain a Field Trip Assistant talking with visitors and helping them “get on” birds. They both enjoy meeting people and sharing the great birding locations in Cape May and along the Delaware Bayshore with visitors from all over the world. As volunteers they help CMBO in other ways by preparing membership mailings, as part of the Red-eyed Vireos at the finish line of the World Series of Birding, and leading walks for Spring and Fall Weekends. Chuck also loves to collect and learn about new optics and helps at the annual Optics Sale. Mary Jane helps to proofread various publications. To them volunteering for CMBO is an important way to further awareness of the environment and ways to protect the “specialness” of Cape May.
Bill and Lee Smythe are a husband and wife team and have both been birding for 15+ years. They have birded extensively in all parts of New Jersey as well as California, Texas, Georgia, Florida and Alaska. Internationally we have birded In Mexico, Belize, Guatamala, and Antarctica. Their domestic life lists are in the 550-600 range. They have lived in the Cape May area for ten years and volunteer for CMBO as trip assistants.
Scott Whittle has been a professional photographer for twenty years, and now lives and teaches photography in Cape May. He is also the co-author of an upcoming book on warblers to be published by Princeton University Press.