SUMMER FESTIVAL 2022
Kathe is an avid birder, leading bird walks, teaching classes, and participating in bird surveys, among other birdy activities. She’s led hundreds of walks for individuals, conservation organizations, private groups, and life-long learning programs, and taught scores of hands-on birding-related classes for nature festivals, Arizona State University’s Osher Life-long Learning Program, The Nature Conservancy, state parks and numerous local conservation organizations. She loves sharing her passion with others.
Rich was born and raised in New York and was smart enough to move to Arizona in 1974, already a seasoned birder and entomologist. He finished his MS in Entomology from the University of Arizona in 1985. His latest books are The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Arizona and Sonora, co-authored with Doug Danforth and Sandy Upson (nominated for Southwest Books of the Year: Best Reading 2016), and Southeastern Arizona Butterflies (2021) co-authored with Jim Brock.
Priscilla has lived in Carr Canyon, in the bird and butterfly rich Huachuca Mountains of Arizona, for twenty-one years. Her special love of the tropical birds and butterflies has taken her on trips to many places around the world, especially the neotropics, mostly Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia. In 1992 she became interested in observing and photographing butterflies. She is a founding Director of the Southeast Arizona Butterfly Association (SEABA) and co-author of Butterflies of Arizona. She has led and co-led many butterfly field trips in Arizona and in Sonora, Mexico.
Callie Caplenor is the Education Technician for the National Park Service’s Southeast Arizona Group, which includes Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. Callie attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she earned a B.A. in English and eventually an M.S. in Forestry with research focused on human dimensions of wildlife management. She then traveled around the west for several years working as an interpretive park ranger at places like Olympic National Park and Glacier National Park before settling down in Sierra Vista, AZ last fall. Despite growing up with a passion for nature and outdoor activities, she did not develop an interest in birds until moving to Arizona, for which she credits the amazingly diverse Sky Islands and a very warm and welcoming local birding community. She enjoys creating and delivering curriculum-based education programs and conversing with the visiting public about the latest bird sightings in the parks.
Bill Cavaliere is president of the Cochise County Historical Society and sits on the board of the Arizona Historical Society’s southern chapter. He lectures frequently on the Chiricahua Apaches at colleges and historical societies. He has written articles for numerous historical journals and magazines, and recently finished his first book, The Chiricahua Apaches - A Concise History. Bill retired in 2012 after 28 years in law enforcement, all on the border. He is the former sheriff of Hidalgo County NM. Prior to this he worked for the US Forest Service in the Chiricahua Mountains. He and his wife Jill live on a cattle ranch and own the Four Bar Cottages near Portal AZ.
Rick Collins is a park ranger at Tumacácori National Historical Park. He also serves as vice-president of the Tubac Historical Society, serves on the board for the Tucson Presidio Trust, volunteers with exhibits and education with the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, and coordinates the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historical Trail Mounted Color Guard.
Dr. Crimmins is on the faculty of the Department of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona and is a Climate Science Extension Specialist for Arizona Cooperative Extension. In this position he provides climate science support to resource managers across Arizona by assessing information needs, synthesizing and transferring relevant research results and conducting applied research projects. His extension and research work supports resource management across multiple sectors including rangelands, forests/wildfire, and water resources as well as informing policy and decision makers. This work aims to support managers by increasing climate science literacy as well as developing strategies to adapt to a changing climate. He also serves as a drought monitoring expert on the Arizona Governor’s Drought Task Force and has worked with counties across Arizona to implement drought preparedness and impact monitoring plans.
Stan Cunningham grew up exploring the “woods” in all the places he lived as a child. After a brief career in the oil fields, he decided “that college deal” his parents talked about might be the way to go. He received his B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Wyoming. He researched Desert Bighorn in Southern CA for his master’s research at Arizona State University. Continuing at ASU, he studied Mourning and White Winged Doves on the Gila River for his PhD research. After school, he worked for Arizona Game and Fish primarily in his dream job as a Research Biologist studying ungulates and animals that ate them. His specialties included ungulate (Big Game) habitat Selection, many phases of mountain lion and black bear ecology, and the effects of fire on a variety of species from lizards to elk and many carnivores. After 30 years, ASU enticed Stan back with an offer he could not refuse, and he spent his last 15 years as a Wildlife Biology instructor on the Polytechnic campus.
Angéline Fahey is the Community Cat Program Manager for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, providing trapping assistance and education on sterilization and vaccinations of free-roaming cats, with the goal of dramatically reducing the outdoor cat population and reducing nuisance complaints in Pima County over the next 5 years. Prior to this position, Angéline spent years writing newsletters, rehabbing baby birds and rodents, and developing an education program for Tucson Wildlife Center, presenting over 100 education programs on urban wildlife rehabilitation and coexistence throughout Southern Arizona. In her free time she enjoys singing and writing songs with her band, crafting jewelry, making art, and hanging out with her desert tortoise and rescue cats.
Ruth Fenchak and Sarah Story
Ruthy Fenchak is the teen and outreach leader at the Sierra Vista Public Library where she has worked for 6 years. She lives in Sierra Vista with her husband and their three cats. Ruthy loves art, hiking, and books!
Sarah Story is the youth services assistant at the Sierra Vista Public Library. She loves books, big swords, and art!
Mike has been making videos about Sonora, Mexico and southern Arizona for the last twelve years. He has posted nearly 300 educational videos about the flora, fauna and cultural history of the region. Much of his early work was done with the Friends of the San Pedro River. Now he works as the interpretive person for the Friends of the Huachuca Mountains at the Carr House Information Center. He is also currently doing video work for the Border Community Alliance in Tubac. He has done significant work for the El Pinicate and Sierra Alamos Rio Cuchujaqui Reserves in Sonora and his work also appears on the Coronado National Memorial Park web pages in the US. He has lived in Bisbee for the last 35 years from where he launches his filming trips across the Southwest.
Diana Hadley is a founding member and president of the Northern Jaguar Project (NJP), a bi-national non-profit dedicated to preserving the northernmost breeding population of jaguars on the continent. She is an environmental historian who retired from the Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona as associate curator of ethnohistory. She has published articles and government reports on ecological changes in the U.S. Mexico borderlands. The former operator of a cattle ranch in Cochise County, her interest in resolution of livestock wildlife conflicts led her to involvement in jaguar conservation. Currently, she assists NJP in management of the 55,000-acre Northern Jaguar Reserve, which provides a safe-haven for jaguars and other wildlife in a remarkably biodiverse portion of the Sierra Madre foothills in Sonora, Mexico, only 120 miles south of the international boundary.
Mark Hart is a public information officer with the Arizona Game and Fish Department in Tucson. He serves as department spokesman for southeastern Arizona news media, and manages information and education programs throughout the region. Hart joined the department in 2009, and also serves as a public information officer for the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. In addition, he is an agency representative to the federal Borderlands Management Task Force. Hart, a contributor to the Arizona Daily Star and a Best of Gannett award recipient, earned a bachelor’s degree with high honors from Loyola University of Chicago in 1981.
Jim is the owner of Arizona Revegetation & Monitoring Co. and the author of Grassland Plant ID For Everyone – Except Folks That Take Boring Technical Stuff Too Seriously. For the last 4 decades Jim has worked with plants, seed, and rock in SE Arizona. To be honest, the results are not always pretty. Then again, having your career’s reputation dependent on moisture in the great Southwest is not a genius move to begin with. When not day working, Jim can often be found playing mandolin at various water holes in the Sonoita - Patagonia area.
Karen Krebbs worked at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for more than 26 years, and now works on her own as an independent contractor. She has extensive knowledge of birds, mammals, deserts, and animal adaptations and behavior. Karen has carried out research for bats in the United States and Mexico for more than 30 years. She trains biologists on the proper protocol for handling and studying bats. Karen regularly carries out workshops and presentations on bats and birds to groups, schools, festivals, and organizations in the southwest and Mexico. Her long-term inventory and monitoring program for bats in the Chiricahua Mountains continues in its 20th year of study. She has written articles, books, and manuals for bats and birds. She has collaborated with other researchers on many bat research projects with local government agencies, universities, Mexico partners, and non-profit organizations. Karen has participated in natural history learning trips in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Mexico, Baja, Costa Rica, Africa, Galapagos, and Ecuador. Karen’s passion for bats is contagious! Her animal lectures and presentations are exciting and fun! Karen has a B. Sc. Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Arizona. Karen’s latest books include Desert Life: A Guide to the Southwest’s Iconic Animals and Plants & How They Survive; Desert Life of the Southwest Activity Book; Explore Tucson Outdoors; and Bat Basics: An Introduction to the Life of Bats in the United States & Canada & Their Many Benefits.
Glenn is a 34-year career federal civil servant. His bachelors and graduate degrees are in geography with specialties in cartography, geomorphology, remote sensing, and geology. Others areas of academic focus were biogeography (flora/fauna), weather/climate, and pedology (soils). His research focused in the area of geomorphology and geology examining mound micro-relief (Mima-type mounds) on volcanic mudflows in the central Sierra Nevada foothills, California. He taught geography, weather & climate, and geology part time in the Life and Physical Science Department of American River College, Sacramento for seven years. He's been a part time instructor in geography and geology for 20 years in Cochise College credit and non-credit programs where he conducts field trips and lectures in the areas of military history, ecology, weather/climate, geography, and geology.
Eric Moore, owner of Jay's Bird and Arizona Field Optics in Prescott, Arizona, has been a life-long birder. Eric grew up in Tucson and at a young age birded extensively all over southeastern Arizona. As the owner of Jay's Bird Barn and Arizona Field Optics, Eric has an intimate knowledge of optical equipment, including binoculars and scopes and knows what the unique demands are for quality birding optics. With the perspective of being a birder, and not just a business owner, Eric understands the importance of quality optical equipment to maximize birding experiences - both at home and in the field.
Bob Parks is an expert in the identification of bees and other Hymenoptera. He has published numerous scientific papers about bees and has worked for the San Diego Natural History Museum, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Colorado State University. Bob is also a well known nature photographer.
Holly Richter, Ph.D. is the Upper San Pedro Program Director for The Nature Conservancy. She lives along the San Pedro, and has focused on collaboration with many partners including the Upper San Pedro Partnership and Cochise Conservation and Recharge Network, to enhance and protect the water needs of the San Pedro for over 20 years. Holly also launched the San Pedro River wet dry mapping program in 1999, an annual citizen science monitoring program along the entire length of the river in both the U.S. and Mexico, that still continues today.
Justin Schmidt grew up amongst the weeds, wild flowers, and insects of Central Pennsylvania. This experience profoundly affected his interest in and love of insects. High school and college interests in chemistry blended with interests in entomology ultimately steered him toward the chemical ecology and stings/venoms of wasps, ants and bees. His academic career carried him to the four corners of North America: beginning at Penn State for a B.S., then to British Columbia for a Masters, on to Georgia for a Ph.D., to New Brunswick on a postdoc, and finally to Tucson AZ. He currently investigates the biology, medical importance, and impact of bees, wasps, and ants on people and our structures at the Southwestern Biological Institute and University of Arizona. This work has resulted in 195 publications, 20 book chapters and invited reviews, three edited volumes, several hundred scientific presentations, and the 2015 Ig Nobel Prize in Physiology and Entomology. His book The Sting of the Wild has introduced people to the pain of stings in a totally unique way!
In 1977 Rick Taylor began eight summers of research into the life history and ecology of Elegant Trogons in Arizona. His studies took him south of the border to look at populations of these and other trogons, and in 1980 he founded Borderland Tours, an international birding tour company dedicated to responsible ecotourism. Rick is the author of location checklists for the Huachuca and Chiricahua Mountains as well as A Birder's Guide to Southeastern Arizona and a photographic field guide Birds of Southeastern Arizona. He has a new book, Birds of Arizona, due to be published in September 2022.
Stephen Vaughan is a professional photographer and ornithologist. He has been photographing and studying natural history for more than 40 years. His photographs have been published in numerous books, magazines and calendars from publications including National Geographic, Audubon, and Arizona Highways.
Rick Wright leads Birds and Art tours in Europe and the Americas for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours. A widely published author and sought-after lecturer and field trip leader, Rick studied French, German, Philosophy, and Life Sciences in his native Nebraska before making a detour to Harvard Law School. He took the Ph.D. in German Languages and Literatures at Princeton University in 1990, then spent a dozen years as an academic, holding successive appointments as Assistant Professor of German at the University of Illinois, Reader in Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, and Associate Professor of Medieval Studies at Fordham University. He and his wife, the medievalist Alison Beringer, spent eight happy years in Tucson before Alison's work took them to northern New Jersey, where they live with their little girl, Avril, and their chocolate lab, Gellert. Rick's numerous scholarly publications include two books on the Latin animal literature of the later Middle Ages. He is the author of the ABA Field Guide to Birds of New Jersey and the ABA Field Guide to Birds of Arizona; his most recent book is the Peterson Reference Guide to American Sparrows, published by Houghton Mifflin in 2019.