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School of Birding Leaders

MEGAN CREWE has been birding since childhood. A guide for the birding tour company Field Guides for more than a decade, Megan’s leadership bursts with information and enthusiasm. She serves as co-secretary and council member for the Neotropical Bird Club. After living in England for nearly a decade, Megan has returned to the Cape May area with her husband Mike, now a CMBO staff member.

MIKE CREWE is the Programs Director for CMBO. Mike joined the CMBO staff in September 2009, and is the latest of a long line of ’Brits’ to be drawn to Cape May and its world-class birding. During his 12 years as a professional tour guide in the UK, Mike brought birding groups to Cape May annually since 2003. Prior to tour guiding, Mike worked for several years as an environmental consultant and spent 16 years in the horticultural trade. His interests lie far beyond birding, for Mike will be happy to talk at great length about wasps, moths, reptiles, plants...if it’s natural history, he’s into it!

PETE DUNNE served for many years as the Director of Cape May Bird Observatory, and now works as a birding ambassador for the observatory and for New Jersey Audubon.  Pete has been seeking birds across North America for more than three decades. He is the author of numerous books on bird finding, bird identification and natural history – including Pete Dunne’s Essential Field Guide Companion, The Feather Quest and The Art of Bird Finding. In 2001, he received the Roger Tory Peterson Award from the American Birding Association.

WILL KERLING, naturalist and photographer, connects people with places, bringing nature alive with energy and a sense of wonder. A life-long birder, his special focus on botany, butterflies and dragonflies creates a rich field experience. Affiliated with national outdoor education programs, Will has a degree in Education and has taught workshops and classes for Glacier Institute, National Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy and Yellowstone Institute. Recognized as an award-winning communicator, Will’s articles, field journals and photographs appear in popular and scientific publications on North American wildlife and conservation.

MICHAEL O’BRIEN is one of the finest field birders in North America and, testifying to his character, remains one of the nicest people you will ever meet.  A leader for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT), Michael was coauthor of The Shorebird Guide and America’s 100 Most Wanted Birds and contributed artwork to the latest renditions of both the National Geographic and Peterson field guides. His CD-ROM Flight Calls of Migratory Birds, created with Bill Evans, is the Rosetta Stone of that subject. Michael is well versed in butterflies and dragonflies, as well as everything avian. 

SCOTT WHITTLE is a professional photographer. He received an MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts and has 15 years of experience as a freelance photographer in New York City with images published in dozens of publications. In 2008 he used his camera to help set a birding Big Year record for New York State, documenting 349 of the 350 birds he saw, while in 2009 he competed in the World Series of Birding – Photography Division. He has taught photography workshops in Maine and New York and is always excited to help his students achieve their photographic goals.

LOUISE ZEMAITIS is a Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT) tour leader and long-time Associate Naturalist at CMBO. Louise compiles the Cape May Christmas Bird Count and coordinates the Monarch Monitoring Project in Cape May. An honors graduate at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, she is a talented freelance artist and her illustrations have been widely published. Workshop participants remember her for her polished teaching skills, infectious laugh and broad knowledge of natural history, especially butterflies and dragonflies.