Revised September 2016
This is an amazing group of dedicated volunteers! We are so very fortunate to have the privilege of their commitment of time, talent, intelligence, responsibility and passion.
A lifetime interest in birding has led me to the DOAS Board of Directors. Over the years, activities such as the Breeding Bird Atlas, Christmas Bird Count, Franklin Mountain Hawk Watch, and area bird walks and paddles have familiarized me with the organization. As a resident of Otsego County for 37 years, my respect for and admiration of our uniquely beautiful environment is renewed on a daily basis.
I live in Jefferson with my wife, Gray, and work as a self-employed housepainter, carpenter and landlord. My interest in the environment and more specifically birds dates to the late 1970s when we traveled the country camping and hiking.
On my return, I discovered DOAS and became an active member. My first direct participation was with the then newly-acquired Sanctuary, and I have stayed involved ever since.
I feel strongly that those of us who appreciate nature have a responsibility to take action to protect it in return. I have served as DOAS President, Vice-President, and Conservation Chair, as well as holding executive positions on the Audubon Council of NY State, and the NY State Ornithological Association.
I am a career environmental educator with over 25 years experience teaching a variety of natural history topics for all ages and audiences. I have worked as an educator, administrator and wildlife rehabilitator with Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary, the first National Audubon Sanctuary in Oyster Bay, NY, and supervised extended overnight field study programs for inner city youth with Queens College Center for Environmental Teaching and Research at Caumsett State Historic Park, Lloyd Harbor, NY. In addition, my experience includes raptor and songbird banding, censusing projects and marine ecology studies through work with Save the Sound in Stamford, CT. I hold certifications as a facilitator for national environmental education curriculums including Project Wild, Aquatic Project Wild, Project WET and Flying Wild.
In recent years, my husband Jeff and I founded Wildlife Learning Company to bring environmental education opportunities and programming to Central NY. I continue to work with Otsego County Conservation Association to help coordinate the collaborative annual Earth Festival event in Milford, NY. I held the Executive Director position with Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce from 2009 to 2011 and currently work in website development, technology training and marketing support through Central NY Mobile Marketing, an independent, home-based business in Hartwick, NY.
As long as I can remember birds have been a part of my life. My mother was always very interested in them and passed on that interest to her children. I have lived in Treadwell, NY for 27 years and spent most of them feeding and watching birds. A close friend was a wildlife rehabilitator for much of that time and often had hawks, owls, or turkey vultures. I’m sure this sparked my love of the raptors. Twelve years ago my husband and I bought about 20 acres and built our horse barn just on the edge of Treadwell. I trail ride, and at least once a year foot hike, the adjacent 400-500 acres, enjoying every bit of the diverse bird life found here.
I joined the board of DOAS in May of 2014 and as a former employee of Hartwick College for over 24 years as a database manager, I hope to assist DOAS with various computer related tasks.
I grew up in Holbrook, Massachusetts and moved to Oneonta in 1980 to teach at Hartwick College, where I am a mathematics professor. I began birding while in college. After I had learned to recognize some birds by sight, a physics professor who had become a birding friend taught me to recognize song sparrows and towhees by their song, for which I have been grateful ever since. My wife Sandy Bright and I enjoy birding and other outdoor activities together. We participate each year in the Oneonta and the Fort Plain Christmas Bird Counts and in the USGS Breeding Bird Survey each June. We also surveyed a number of local blocks in the 2000-2005 NYS Breeding Bird Atlas.
Since I was a child, I have loved and raised animals of all kinds, including a few birds such as Budgies and Cockatiels, but what really clinched my fascination for birds was a SUNY Albany course in Ornithology. My beloved Professor Hudson Winn took my college class into the field, all around upstate New York, to learn how to identify local birds and their songs, and I became hooked for life! I moved to this area in 1980, and while teaching Biology at South Kortright Central School, I met my husband Alan. Alan and I have been married nearly 33 years, and we still live in the same country house, about 8 miles outside of the village of Delhi in the Town of Meredith. In 2012, I retired from teaching after 30 years of service collectively to SKCS and Delaware Academy in Delhi. My service to bird science includes assisting with the data gathering for the 2000-2005 NYS Breeding Bird Atlas, and for the past 3 years I have participated in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Project Feeder Watch. As a retiree, I’m an avid gardener, birder, weather watcher, and amateur astronomer, and I spend a fair amount of each day outdoors when the weather permits. I have been a member of DOAS for several years and feel honored to be a part of this energetic Board. I look forward to greater involvement with DOAS’ mission to educate, protect and to conserve natural resources.
Born and raised in Michigan, I grew up in Jackson County, an area with a large population of Sandhill Cranes. Seeing flights of these birds in the early morning mist hooked me on birds and nature. In college, I took as many field biology courses as I could. Since 1982, my wife and I have lived around Cooperstown. I have been the treasurer for DOAS the last five years, enjoying working with bright and energetic people. During the just-completed NYS Breeding Bird Atlas, I was co-coordinator with Tom Salo for Region 4. I also was able to do field work in numerous atlas blocks and came away impressed by the still wonderful habitats in our area. Leading field trips for birds is an activity I truly enjoy, and with the atlas field work done, I hope to do more. I especially love finding and showing birds to enthusiastic novices.
I am a lifelong resident of the Unadilla area where I returned after college. An interest in protecting our environment has always been a part of my life. I joined National Audubon in the mid-eighties and became active in DOAS shortly afterward. I joined the board of directors around 1992. Running the Charter Dinner is my main job but I help where I can.
A long time member of DOAS and formerly Board President of the Greater Oneonta Historical Society, Janet joins the DOAS board with enthusiasm and energy. Her expertise and experience with non-profit organizations are a true benefit to the organization.
In the late 80′s I joined the board of the DOAS. Past positions I have held include Field Trip Chair, Education Chair, President and Secretary. I’ve been involved with the hawk watch since Andy Mason started it in 1989. Raptors are a special interest of mine. In recent years I have been working closely with Golden Eagle researchers in the central Appalachians to support their efforts to define migration routes and winter distribution areas. I was a Regional Co-coordinator of the NYS Breeding Bird Atlas and am currently the New York State Coordinator for the Appalachian Eagles Project. In the past I have conducted a Breeding Bird Survey Route, surveyed wilderness areas in the Adirondacks for the Breeding Bird Atlas and been a Regional Editor for NYSOA’s journal The Kingbird. My wife Jo and I live in a passive solar house we built in Burlington where I grow Christmas trees.