PEOPLE

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Jeremy Spool

Co-Organizer: Western MA

is a Postdoctoral Researcher at UMass Amherst with a PhD in Zoology studying bird behavior, hormones, and the brain. Since he began birding for work and for the love of it in college, Jeremy has spread his love of birding to friends and family, and leads local Bird-a-thon and participates in Christmas Bird Count teams. Jeremy has a great deal of experience working with youth. In 2010-2013, he managed a volunteer team for EBAYC in Oakland, California, which runs afterschool programs for underserved youth. From 2014-2017 he joined Young Science Scholars, a program that pairs graduate students and elementary school teachers to enhance science lessons in classrooms.

Kit Straley

Co-Organizer: Western MA

is a graduate student at UMass Amherst, studying Wood Thrush behavioral adaptations to human-disturbed forest patches. She has worked with age groups ranging from kindergartners to adults, and led explorations of the natural world with environmental education programming through organizations like Mass Audubon. She teaches Ornithology at UMass and leads students in the field to discover a love for birds and to develop a sense of stewardship for the habitats that support them. Kit also runs a count territory in the annual Northampton Christmas Bird Count and volunteers at a local MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) station as a bird bander.

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Evan Dalton

Organizer: Eastern MA

Evan Dalton has been a student of nature for as long as he can remember. He majored in biology at Earlham College, where he studied herpetology and ornithology. Evan earned his M.S. studying Wood Thrushes in western Massachusetts, and has worked in field jobs ranging from capturing iguanas in the Bahamas to radio-tracking overwintering American Oystercatchers on the gulf coast. An NABC certified bird bander, Evan now works at Manomet Bird Observatory in Plymouth, Massachusetts where he helps supervise the 55-year-old migration banding operation and shares the results through educational programing. An avid birder, Evan has led bird walks for over 15 years. He enjoys teaching birders (of any skill level and age) all about bird identification, vocalizations and ecology.

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