NJ Audubon tour leaders are some of the best naturalists in the country. Many are published authors of works on natural history subjects, and all are accomplished at finding and identifying birds and other wildlife, as well placing those creatures in a broader ecological context. Above all, our leaders specialize in making participants feel at home, welcoming questions and ensuring that everyone on the tour is comfortable and safe.
Scott Barnes began birding at the age of twelve and has been an avid naturalist ever since. Encouragement and learning came from his parents and many birders, including members of the Urner Ornithological Club and staff of New Jersey Audubon Society. An interest in travel and natural history has led him from Gambell Alaska through the desert southwest to the Dry Tortugas of Florida in search of birds and other wildlife. He began birding at Sandy Hook, where he is the Senior Naturalist for the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory. Scott is the Region 3 Editor for Records of New Jersey Birds, compiles the Sandy Hook Christmas Bird Count, co-leads pelagic trips with See Life Paulagics, and has been a member of the New Jersey Bird Records Committee for six years. Scott has led tours for the NJ Audubon Travel Program for over five years, and is particularly interested in migration, vagrancy, seabirds and shorebirds.
Brett is the Program Director of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory, facilitating the appreciation and understanding of birds and nature through their full schedule of walks, workshops, presentations, and research. He has been enthralled with birds for over 35 years, specializing in migration and distribution patterns, including as Director of the Hamlin Beach Lakewatch for Braddock Bay Raptor Research in New York. These endeavors have taken him from the mountains of New Mexico to the beaches of New Jersey -- including a stint (no pun intended) as the Cape May hawkwatch counter in 1990. For sixteen years, Brett was the owner and guide for Lakeshore Nature Tours, focusing on the birdlife of North America at the premier destinations, from the Arctic Ocean in Alaska to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Brett currently resides in Cape May and shares his favorite moments with his wife, Sheryl, and their energetic companion, Neah Bay, a Treeing Walker Coonhound. Brett looks forward to putting his knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to work for you.
Mark Garland is an Associate Naturalist for the Cape May Bird Observatory. He lives in West Cape May and works as a freelance naturalist. He has held the position of Senior Naturalist for the Cape May Bird Observatory and also for the Audubon Naturalist Society, based in the Washington, D.C., area. He has led eco-tours for various organizations for twenty-five years, leading well over 150 trips to date, along with countless field trips within the mid-Atlantic states. He is author of Watching Nature: A Mid-Atlantic Natural History
and is the Nature Editor for the Metro Connection program on WAMU, Washington's public radio station. Mark has led many trips to Costa Rica, teaming with noted Costa Rican naturalist Charlie G?mez on numerous occasions. Mark has led more than 30 eco-tours to Costa Rica.
David La Puma
David La Puma is the Director of NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO), and avid birder, ornithologist, conservationist, and photographer. David leads regular walks for CMBO throughout the year, and several EcoTravel tours a year to distant locales. David's motto is "relax and have fun, and without really trying, you're bound to learn something new and interesting". David's tours are hand-picked destinations that exemplify the mission of NJ Audubon: connecting people to nature and stewarding the nature of today for the people of tomorrow". Whether that means tracing the conservation legacy of Aldo Leopold across Wisconsin or meeting the dedicated people working to conserve Cuba's natural heritage, you're bound to be wowed by the birds and the cultural experience when you travel with David.
When not leading the bird observatory or out birding on his own, David can most often be found with his wife and two little girls at one of the Cape May beaches catching waves and pointing out Black Skimmers and all other species to anyone who will pay attention to him. David received his PhD from Rutgers University where he studied the effects of fire on the Federally Endangered Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow in the Florida Everglades, and conducted two postdoctoral research projects on Radar Ornithology with New Jersey Audubon and the University of Delaware. David has also worked in the field of high-end optical devices, as the Product Specialist for Leica Sport Optics.
Linda's interest in birding began twenty years ago on a Cape May Weekend and has been hooked ever since. She is a member of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Board of Directors, an Associate Naturalist, and Co-Bookstore Manager at Sandy Hook Bird Observatory. She is a past President, Program Chair, and Conservation Chair for Monmouth County Audubon Society. Linda has a special interest in seabirds and other coastal species; she co-leads pelagic birding trips off New Jersey with See Life Paulagics.
Linda has traveled extensively throughout North America studying birds and natural history, with multiple trips to Arizona, California, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, Texas, and Utah. Her infectious enthusiasm and willingness to share knowledge is well known. She has co-led NJAS tours to Minnesota and North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, the Rio Grande Valley and Big Bend in Texas, and is a regular leader on SHBO's long weekend trips to coastal coastal Massachusetts, the Adirondack Mountains, and Bombay Hook, as well as the Cape May Spring and Fall Weekends.
Dale Rosselet is NJ Audubon’s Vice President for Education and oversees the organization’s education programs, center operations and eco-travel program. She has extensive experience leading field trips and conducting workshops and has led eco-tours for NJ Audubon for over 20 years. Dale is a New Jersey native, having grown up near the Great Swamp in northern New Jersey and now resides in Cape May County. She has led domestic tours to South Florida and the Dry Tortugas, Texas (Rio Grande Valley and Big Bend area), Washington State, Montana and New Mexico. She has also led tours to Mexico, Churchill and Manitoba, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Panama, Peru, Ecuador and Brazil. In addition to tours for NJ Audubon, she has done extensive traveling throughout the Caribbean and Central America, and birded in Israel and Kenya.Dale has co-authored several NJ Audubon publications including Wild Journeys: Migration in New Jersey and two teacher education curriculum guides Bridges to the Natural World and New Jersey WATERS: Watershed Approach to Teaching the Ecology of Regional Systems. She co-authored, with her husband Kevin Karlson, Birding by Impression: A Different Approach to Knowing and Identifying Birds (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015).