2020 Keynoters, Leaders & Presenters

2020 Keynoters, Leaders & Presenters2019-09-09T18:35:52+00:00

2020 Keynote Speakers

Nathan Pieplow
Nathan PieplowThursday, Feb. 13th
Nathan Pieplow is the author of the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds. An avid bird sound recordist and videographer, he is also the author of the bird sound blog, Earbirding.com, an author of the Colorado Birding Trail, and former editor of the journal, Colorado Birds.

Nathan is the Associate Director of the Global Studies Residential Academic Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Gerrit Vyn
Gerrit VynFriday, Feb. 14th
Gerrit Vyn is Wildlife Photographer and Cinematographer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a Senior Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers and has been photographing birds and wildlife professionally for the last 25 years. His most recent book, The Living Bird, was a New York Times Bestseller and National Outdoor Book Award winner. He is best known for his work documenting endangered birds and conservation issues around the world and is a sought-after speaker on topics of birds, conservation and photography. His work is published regularly in magazines including National Geographic, BBC Wildlife and Audubon and has been featured in media outlets including NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Morning Edition, and The Seattle Times.

Rosemary Mosco
Rosemary MoscoSaturday, Feb. 15th
Rosemary Mosco is a nature cartoonist and writer. She makes comics and educational charts for her site Bird And Moon, writes articles for Audubon, and creates books for kids, including Solar System: Our Place In Space and the New York Times best selling Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid. Her comics were the subject of an award-winning museum exhibit at Cornell’s Museum of the Earth. Her favorite bird is the Laysan Albatross.

Other Leaders and Presenters

Bill Gogo

Bill’s initial career was spent in the graphic arts industry.  About four years ago, he found new inspiration to fuel his photography passion when a Bald Eagle landed near him and stayed for over an hour. Since that day, he became a dedicated avian and wildlife photographer and grew into a prolific digital photographer as well. Most days will find him out in the Klamath Basin practicing his artistic craft. His stunning photos have won multiple photography awards and have been published in magazines. Many are available for purchase at the Klamath Art Gallery and Two Rivers Gallery. He’s a PPA and Nikon Professional Service Member.

Damian Fagan

Damian Fagan is a naturalist and guide living in Bend. A former Park Ranger and contract biologist, Fagan leads natural history tours for Wanderlust Tours and the Central Oregon Community College’s Continuing Education program. He feels most at home while wandering through forests at night listening for owls. He is also a freelance writer and author of several wildflower and hiking field guides.

Darrel Samuels

Darrel Samuels, a retired teacher, is currently President of the Klamath Basin Audubon Society. Having lived in Klamath Falls for almost 14 years, he and his wife Diana (Festival co-coordinator) are enthusiastic birders and feeders of birds and have succeeded in drawing in a wide range of species into their backyard. In addition to the more usual culprits (flickers, nuthatches woodpeckers, chickadees, juncos), some more infrequent visitors have been: White-headed and Pileated Woodpeckers, Sooty Grouse, Barred, Great Horned, Barn and Great Gray Owls.

Dave Haupt

Dave Haupt is a Klamath Falls resident, where he teaches biology and art at Tulelake High School. Dave got his start in birding while at the University of California, Santa Barbara. There he worked as a consultant for many years in the management of Bell’s vireo and other endangered bird populations. Since moving to southern Oregon in 2000 his work with the Klamath Bird Observatory as well as personal endeavors has given Dave keen knowledge of the area’s avifauna.

Dave Hewitt

Dave is a research fish biologist with the Klamath Falls Field Station of the U.S. Geological Survey. He moved from Virginia to Klamath Falls in 2008. Dave didn’t start birding until some fellow students at North Carolina State University coerced him into it in 2002, but he’s been obsessed ever since. Dave is a long-time member of Audubon and has served on the Board of Directors for the Klamath Basin Audubon Society. He helps to maintain the Klamath County bird checklist, runs the regional email listserv, and serves as regional reviewer for eBird in Klamath County.

Dick Ashford

Dick is Director Emeritus of the Klamath Bird Observatory and former Board Chair of the American Birding Association. He is also a former Mayor of Sonoma, California. He has spent hundreds of hours in the field watching hawks and an equal amount of time researching their natural history. Dick leads hawk-watching outings in both California and Oregon, and is a graduate of both the Institute for Field Ornithology’s Winter Raptor Workshop and Cape May Bird Observatory’s Hawk Identification workshop.

Joe and Cordi Atkinson

Joe and Cordi Atkinson have been married for 43 years and have a ranch in Eastern Oregon where we live with a myriad of horses, dogs, cats, and birds. They are both Master Falconers and for 20+ years have used falconry techniques to prepare young golden eagles that have found themselves in wildlife rehabilitation centers, for return to life in the wild. They also have three non-releasable golden eagles that have been filmed by countless production companies for programs aired on PBS (most recently The Sagebrush Sea), BBC, Nature, National Geographic, Nat Geo TV, The Smithsonian Channel, Animal Planet and Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Their work with golden eagles has taken us across the globe to destinations such as the UK, Czech Republic, and United Arab Emirates. In 2015 they were commissioned by Cornell Lab of Ornithology to go to the Philippines and train the rarest eagle in the world, the Philippine Eagle, to be filmed as part of a documentary drawing attention to its critically endangered status. Cordi founded a non-profit (CMA Fund) to raise funds in support of the Philippine Eagle conservation efforts.

John Vradenburg

John Vradenburg joined the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges team in July 2015 as a supervisory wildlife biologist. He previously served in the same position at Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico for 9 years. A Minnesota native, he spent his younger years in Northern Minnesota and his teens in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri. Always eager to accomplish more for wildlife, John was recognized as Employee of the Year in 2015 for his management plan for the New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse before it was listed in 2014, and for providing opportunities for youth to learn on the refuge. He and his wife Leigh Ann enjoy bird watching and fishing with their 3 children ages 21, 7, and 6 yrs.

Karl Wenner

Karl has lived in the Klamath Basin since 1989. He is an orthopedic surgeon by profession but has an MS degree in Wildlife Biology, serves on the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, and was instrumental in creating and currently serves on the board of the Klamath Watershed Partnership. He has led the Beginning Birding field trip for the past two years and enjoys sharing his passion for birdwatching with novices of all ages.

Kevin Spencer

Kevin  recently retired as a teacher for the past 24 years. He graduated with a B.A. degree in Forestry from Humboldt State University in 1979. Kevin has been interested in nature since an early age and focused on birds for the past 35 years. He was a contributing author to Birds of Oregon: A General Reference, and an editor of the South Central Fieldnotes for Oregon Birds. For the last 23 years, he has been a compiler for the Klamath Falls Christmas Bird Count and a field trip leader for the Klamath Basin Audubon Society. Since the mid-1990s, Kevin has been involved with the Klamath Bird Observatory as a Point Count Surveyor, conducted USFWS Breeding Bird Surveys in Klamath and Lake Cos., and has been the compiler for Klamath County’s part in North American Migration Counts. His best “Big Day” in Klamath County was 171 species last spring, and has seen or heard over 315 species in the Klamath Basin.Kevin is considered one of the best birders in the Klamath Basin. He has been involved with the Bald Eagle Conference and the Winter Wings Festival since 1992.

Marshal Moser

Marshal Moser is a consultant and manager/biologist at Lonesome Duck Ranch on the Williamson River, 25 miles north of Klamath Falls. He also leads tours in the Klamath Basin, specializing in Crater Lake National Park. Having traveled and studied natural history on 5 continents, he began naturalizing and birding in Oregon in the 1970s and liked southeast Oregon so much he moved to the area in 2006. A Certified Wildlife Biologist, he was the founding Executive Director of the Ohio Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, college biology instructor, and has owned his own environmental consulting company, EcoServices, since 1978. He works with terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, wetland and water issues, endangered and invasive species, fishing, birding, grazing, native plants and landscaping.

Matthew Stuber

Matthew Stuber has been a wildlife biologist and studied/managed raptors for the US Fish and Wildlife Service for 8 years.  He is currently the Eagle Coordinator for the states of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.  The bulk of his duties revolve around managing/studying eagle populations in the Pacific Northwest, but he also works with a variety of other raptor species.  Matt got his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, and his Master of Science (in Raptor Biology) at Boise State University.  He presently lives in Corvallis, OR with his wife and twin 4-year old sons.

Russ Namitz

Russ Namitz, currently a wildlife biologist, spent the year 2011 chasing birds around the state in an attempt to break the Big Year record for Oregon.  He drove 41,000 miles, ate 48.5 feet of Subway sandwiches and pushed the record up by 18 species.

Tim Boyer

Tim Boyer is an award winning,full time nature photographer whose images have been published in many bird and nature magazines. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of photography and birds through workshops and presentations. In October of 2017 he started a YouTube channel where he posts bird photography tutorials every Wednesday and has just published Learn the Art of Bird Photography, The Complete Field Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Photographers and Birders.

Tom Essex

Tom Essex is a retired former secondary educator, specializing in physical sciences and  environmental sciences. He is primarily involved in a variety of conservation organizations, including the  National Audubon Society and local Klamath Basin Audubon Chapter, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and a local trout fishery conservation group.