Jason Ward is a birder, writer and the host of ‘Birds of North America’. Born and raised in The Bronx, NYC, his love for wildlife began at a young age as he fell in love with dinosaurs. An infatuation that provided him with an escape from the obstacles growing up in the South Bronx provided. Now, he gets to share his love for modern-day dinosaurs with the public, in his web series; “Birds of North America”.
Jason’s mission is to change the way the public views wildlife, and to blaze a trail for future generations of children growing up in underserved communities.
Jonathan Franzen is a novelist, essayist, journalist, translator, screenwriter, and birder. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters and the author of five novels, including The Corrections, Freedom, and Purity, and five volumes of nonfiction, most recently The End of the End of the Earth. He has written extensively about birds and their conservation, including the National Geographic cover story “Why Birds Matter.” Among his honors are the National Book Award, for fiction, and the EuroNatur Award, for his work in conservation. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.
Jennie Duberstein is the Young Birder Liaison for the ABA. She manages the young birder blog (The Eyrie) and provides support to other young birder programs, including directing Camp Colorado. She’s been involved with young birder programs since 1999 with the ABA and other organizations, editing A Bird’s-Eye View, the student newsletter of the ABA, coordinating the first three young birder conferences, and directing and leading field courses and summer camps for young birders. In addition to Camp Colorado, Jennie currently co-leads VENT’s Camp Chiricahua. For her day job, Jennie works as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Sonoran Joint Venture, a program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that works to conserve the unique birds and habitats of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. She is also adjunct faculty at the University of Arizona, in the School of the Environment and Natural Resources and a proud member of the Leica Birding Team.