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Birding for nearly three decades, Justin Bosler combines his love for birds and the outdoors by working as a field biologist for Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. He earned his B.S. from Louisiana State University, where he was mentored by ornithological giants at its famed Museum of Natural Science. While his current “home” base is in the central part of Texas, he spends most of his time working in the Permian Basin and on the Coastal Plain. Justin enjoys studying the intricacies of bird status and distribution throughout Texas, and he aims to tick no fewer than 100 species in each of its 254 counties. He is a certified Texas Master Naturalist and volunteers with Travis Audubon Society.

No stranger to ABA publications, Amy Davis has served as Sightings department editor at Birding and technical reviewer at Birder’s Guide. She was also photo editor for Pennsylvania Birds. Amy loves citizen science and volunteered extensively for breeding bird atlases in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. She resides in Forked River, NJ, and recently broke her home county’s big year record. When she’s not birding the Barnegat Bay, Amy studies nursing and plays classical piano.

For over 15 years Eric DeFonso has been involved in the birding and conservation community in Colorado. His activities range from volunteer stints with a raptor rehabilitation program and being on the Board of Directors for the Fort Collins Audubon Society to giving presentations to Audubon chapters across the state and guiding field trips for Colorado Field Ornithologists. Eric has an extensive collection of bird sound recordings and now writes a regular column on birding by ear for Colorado Birds. When not obsessing over birds or language, Eric pursues his other career as a licensed massage therapist.

Mary Ann Good began birding as a young teen on her family’s farm in upstate New York. A Cedar Waxwing on its nest in a small orchard was the spark, and she’s never looked back. For the past 35 years, she has lived among small rural farms scattered among woodlands in Virginia, and her favorite place to bird is on her back 40. She considers southern Central America her “second birding home” and often takes groups of friends to favorite locations in Panama and Costa Rica. For Mary Ann, birdsong is the most thrilling aspect of birding, and she noticed from her earliest birding years that she has a knack for differentiating species by ear. Second to her love of birding is her love of editing, an activity she has engaged in nearly as long.

José Ramírez-Garofalo is a researcher and lifelong birder living in Staten Island, New York. His main research interests are the effects of climate change on bird distribution, particularly range expansion via vagrancy. Since 2017, José has also focused his work on the conservation of birds in New York City’s urban greenspaces, where both regionally-rare and at-risk species have begun to establish themselves within the last five years. José has worked for the U.S. National Park Service and the New York City Audubon Society, and he is now an adjunct lecturer at the City University of New York and a Research Associate at the Freshkills Park Alliance.

Kayla Jones is an artist living and working in Austin, Texas. She grew up birding with her dad and continued the pastime during her undergraduate career at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work, which currently explores the tension and distance between learning and knowing, is informed heavily by years of studying illustrations, memorizing calls, and staring through binoculars while trying to identify birds. When not birding or working in her studio, Kayla bakes pizzas and watches reality television. She is extremely grateful to her parents for housing her through the pandemic and for being such willing subjects in her baking experiments.

A love of wildlife, wild places and wild people has kept Andrew Keaveney bouncing back and forth. He has worked as a nature interpreter, wildlife technician, bird guide, and conservationist, and along the way has explored a number of volunteer opportunities abroad. Andrew grew up in Ontario, where he’s known to be a twitcher, and he recently surpassed 400 species on his provincial list. When he’s not perusing through his rather impressive bird book collection, you’ll find him out exploring interests in butterflies, in Odonates, and the all-too-time-consuming hobby of mothing. His favorite places to bird are islands and cloudforests.

Joshua Malbin is a birder, writer, and editor who has lived in Brooklyn, New Tork for the better part of two decades. He got serious about learning his birds after being the neophyte fact-checker who let a photo of a Ruddy Duck go through labeled as a scaup in a birding magazine; in 2021 he added Dovekie as his 310th species in the borough. Since those early days in publishing, Joshua has written and edited science pieces about everything from industrial hygiene to nuclear medicine to economics. He has also written two novels set in the aftermath of a civil war over water in the American West.

Though Alex Meilleur was born in France, he is most familiar with the birds of the United States, in particular those of the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, and Hawaii. He has also spent considerable time birding in Europe, Chile, and Japan. Alex is a University of Washington graduate and a resident of Seattle, Washington. He works in digital marketing for the outdoor industry, combining his love for birding with his other favorite outdoor activities: skiing, biking, and hiking.

Dan Miller has worked for several non-profit organizations as curator, director, board member, webmaster, and journal editor. He recently developed the Sponsor-a-Species website to raise funds for the Third New York Breeding Bird Atlas. Dan owns and operates Gato Diablo Specialty Coffee Roasters, which specializes in Smithsonian Bird-Friendly and Rainforest Alliance certified coffees. He lives on the St. Lawrence River near Cape Vincent where his yard list just hit 150 species.

Randi Minetor is the writer behind the recent reboot of Falcon Guides’ birdfinding book series. These include Birding New England (2019), Birding Florida (2021), and the new Best Easy Bird Guides series, which helps new birders identify species in U.S. national parks. She travels the U.S. with her husband, photographer Nic Minetor, in a quest to take photos of every bird species in the country. (So far, they have 415 in stock.) Randi serves on the board of the Rochester Birding Association in New York and volunteers with the New York State Breeding Bird Atlas and Genesee Land Trust.

Byron Swift is an environmental lawyer who has worked with NGOs, local communities, and local governments to save rainforests and other critical habitats throughout Latin America. In the past, he founded and led Rainforest Trust, headed Natura and Culture International, and helped create and lead the U.S. office of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. His efforts have in part led to the conservation of over 14 million acres of protected areas, and he is working with Global Wildlife Conservation to protect more. Byron is a lifelong birder and conservationist, enjoys state and county listing, and has been a regional coordinator of both the Maryland/DC and Virginia breeding bird atlases.

Environmentalist, entrepreneur, explorer, writer, painter, vegan: All of these describe Raymond VanBuskirk, whose love for the natural world was born in the pine forests of the Land of Enchantment. Raymond co-owns and operates BRANT Nature Tours, a New Mexico-based nature travel company committed to environmental and social justice. Raymond also leads birding tours for WINGS, instructs young birding camps for the National Audubon Society and the ABA. Raymond is a proud member of QBNA, the continent’s informal club for LGBTQ+ members of the birding community.

Alison Világ is a birder, migration counter, and writer who is currently living and working in the Great Lakes region, from where she hails. She has spent the last two years at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, at the northeasternmost limit of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. There, amid a mosaic of cobbled beach, scrappy jack pines, and mercurial waters, she conducts a renowned waterbird count. Alison also heads the communications and outreach programs for WPBO. When she’s not at the Point, Alison is likely indulging her other love: solo canoeing.

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