The following are ongoing contributors to Golden Gate Birder:
Ilana DeBare is Communications Director at Golden Gate Audubon. A former business reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle and a co-founder of the Julia Morgan School for Girls, she is the author of Where Girls Come First: The Rise, Fall and Surprising Revival of Girls’ Schools. She writes a personal blog at http://midlifebatmitzvah.wordpress.com.
Anthony DeCicco is Education Director at Golden Gate Audubon. He has an extensive background in bilingual instruction and in teaching children and adults in underserved communities about the environment and conservation. Previously Anthony directed a program at KIDS for the BAY that introduced urban youth to the local watershed and strategies for combating pollution, and helped develop curricula fostering environmental stewardship.
Jack Dumbacher is a GGAS board member and Chair of the Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy at California Academy of Sciences. A frequent presenter at the American Ornithologists’ Union and other conferences, Jack is an author of more than two dozen scholarly articles on birds. He has organized and co-led ornithological collecting trips to Papua New Guinea, the Gaoligonshan Mountains of China, Baviaanskloof region of South Africa, Namibia, and various locations in North America.
Bob Lewis is a GGAS board member, a birding instructor and field trip leader for about 20 years, and an award-winning bird photographer. Bob has been a birder for a long time, and travels the world to see rare and wonderful feathered creatures. Photographing them adds to the excitement. Bob’s bird photographs can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/boblewis/ and his website, which lists classes and some local birding information, is http://www.wingbeats.org/home.htm
Mike Lynes is Executive Director of Golden Gate Audubon. He has studied birds and their habitats throughout California, primarily as a biologist with the Point Reyes Bird Observatory (now PRBO Conservation Science). Mike received his law degree from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, where he focused on environmental law and policy.
Dan Murphy is a longtime member and volunteer with Golden Gate Audubon. He has led field trips since the mid-70s for GGAS, taught field ornithology for the California Academy of Sciences for over 20 years, and served on the boards of GGAS and Audubon Canyon Ranch. He formed the team that founded the modern GGAS conservation committee. Dan led the team that founded the San Francisco Christmas Bird Count and continues as its co-compiler.
Marissa Ortega-Welch is Environmental Education Program Coordinator for Golden Gate Audubon. Before coming to GGAS, Marissa taught environmental education at the Olympic Park Institute in Washington state and conducted bird surveys in northwest national parks for the Institute for Bird Populations.
Phila Rogers is a longtime Golden Gate Audubon volunteer. A former science writer for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, she began leading monthly field trips to Jewel Lake in Tilden Park (Berkeley) after retirement. She currently co-leads quarterly bird walks at the U.C. Botanical Garden and writes nature stories for the Lawrence Hall of Science website. Phila became a bird watcher at the age of ten when working for a bird badge in Girl Scouts.
Noreen Weeden is Conservation Project Manager for Golden Gate Audubon. A former GGAS board member, she also worked in technology for large corporations and a small local business. She is an active volunteer for Golden Gate Audubon, the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, Hungry Owl Project and Wild Equity Institute.