George Archibald is the Co-founder and Senior Conservationist of the International Crane Foundation. His visionary leadership in international conservation efforts over the past 40 years has given flight to crane conservation worldwide. In 1973, when cranes were in a perilous situation and many were on the brink of extinction, Archibald, along with Cornell University colleague, Ronald Sauey, Ph.D., established the International Crane Foundation (ICF) in Baraboo, Wisconsin as the world center for the study and preservation of cranes. Today, ICF has over 80 staff members that support conservation projects in 50 countries on 5 continents. George is a true conservation ambassador who uses his unique brand of crane diplomacy to work in sensitive places. He leverages the charisma of cranes to unite people from diverse cultures and countries to work together to preserve the landscapes necessary for the survival of both cranes and people.
Born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada, George received his undergraduate degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1968, and completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1977. In recognition of his many accomplishments, George has received four honorary doctorates and many awards including the Gold Medal from the World Wildlife Fund, a Fellows Award from the MacArthur Foundation, The Wildlife Conservation Medal from the Zoological Society of San Diego, the Lilly Medal presented by the Indianapolis Zoo, and the Douglas H. Pimlott Award from Nature Canada. In 2013, George was awarded the Order of Canada on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, and received the inaugural Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership from the National Audubon Society. He and his wife, Kyoko, live in the Baraboo countryside where they enjoy gardening and aviculture.
John Azua has been the Curator of Birds at the Denver Zoological Gardens for over 18 years and works with a great staff managing and caring for 120 species and 499 birds. He currently is the Hamerkop SSP coordinator and studbook keeper and Hooded crane studbook keeper. He also serves on the management committee of the Andean Condor SSP (treasurer), Gruiiformes TAG, Coraciiformes TAG and Buceros SSP. He worked previously at the San Diego Zoo’s Bird Department and Avian Propagation Center for 7 ½ years and the San Diego Zoo’s Safari (Wild Animal) Park for 5 ½ years. During his career he has been fortunate to participate in several conservation recovery programs or field research projects, involved with such species as, San Clemente Island Loggerhead Shrike, Ultramarine lory, Lilac-crowned amazon, Cinereous vulture, Lesser kestrel and other Asian raptors.
Ted Floyd is the Editor of Birding magazine, the flagship publication of the American Birding Association. He has written more than 200 scientific papers and popular articles on birds and other aspects of nature. He is also the author of five books, including the recently published ABA Field Guide to Birds of Colorado and the forthcoming How to Know the Birds (National Geographic). Ted has served on the boards of several nonprofits, and he is a frequent speaker at bird festivals and other birding events. He’s been all over the world, and he considers the Yampa Valley to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Ted and his wife Kei live in Boulder County, Colorado, with their children Hannah and Andrew.
Joan Hoffman paints landscapes in oil and watercolors. She exhibits and sells her impressionist oils through the White Hart Gallery in Steamboat Springs, CO. She paints, teaches painting and lectures on the History of American Landscape Painting, National Parks and Public Lands. Joan currently lives in Vermont and was the Artist-in-Resident in 2016 at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, VT. This Park’s legacy is Land Stewardship.
Erv Nichols and Sandra Noll travel extensively as lecturers and guides sharing their skills as naturalists, photographers and interpreters in a wide variety of Fish and Wildlife Refuges, National Parks and Monuments, Forest Service Heritage Sites, Audubon Centers and other NGO’s. Whether from a viewing deck or lecture hall, leading bird walks, night hikes or kayak excursions, their passion connects people with our nation’s special landscapes and wildlife. They have a special interest in Sandhill Cranes and have been featured speakers and guides at Crane Festivals in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Nebraska.
Kin Quitugua, a master falconer and long time environmental educator, founded HawkQuest in 1986. He has trained, handled and flown birds of prey as diverse as the Bald and Golden eagles and the Saw-whet owl. For more than 25 years, Kin has dedicated himself to educating the public about the place of raptors in our ecology.
Kin created HawkQuest believing environmental awareness is a key to the survival of the world as we know it, and education – of our nation’s youth in particular – is paramount to this process. He has received national recognition for his work combining educational and ecological concerns, having appeared on both local and national television programs. Kin also serves as a consultant to organizations which promote the welfare of birds of prey. For more information, please visit www.hawkquest.org.
Liza Rossi has worked as a wildlife biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife since 2001 and recently moved into Colorado’s Bird Conservation Coordinator position. In her current position, Liza coordinates partnership efforts aimed at conserving several Colorado Species of Greatest Conservation Need. Liza serves on several regional conservation committees including the Central Flyway Non-Game Technical Committee and the Lesser Prairie Chicken Interstate Working Group. Over the years, Liza has worked with greater sage-grouse, Columbian sharp-tailed grouse, greater sandhill cranes, boreal toads, spotted owls, passerines, and bumble bees. Liza has a Bachelor of Arts Biology Degree from Middlebury College and a Master of Science in Wildlife from Colorado State University.
Chula Beauregard is a representational landscape painter who was born and raised in the mountains of Colorado. After graduating cum laude as a Studio Art major from Whitman College, she served for two years in Gabon, Central Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Later, she earned her Master’s in Education to teach Fine Art. She currently pursues her painting career in her hometown of Steamboat Springs, CO, but often wanders the West with her family of two young boys and adventure-loving husband. She is represented by the Wild Horse Gallery of Steamboat Springs, the Cogswell Gallery of Vail, CO, and the Squash Blossom Gallery of Colorado Springs, CO.
Chula says, “The effortless grace of life in Nature is a wealth of wisdom. As I hone my skills as a representational landscape painter, I can only hope that this grace is contagious. The hours I spend in the field and in my studio are really a search for purity, ease, and beauty. The early American Impressionists inspire me to honor the grandeur of the West while remaining true to my own interpretation. The adventure of painting, whether on the well-worn paths of home or spectacular new vistas, is always worth the challenge.”
Chula will be leading the Sketch-a-Bird workshop at this year’s festival.
Ellen Bonnifield’s insatiable curiosity has taken her in many directions. A degree in library science allowed her to use her chemistry and math background while exploring new areas in a variety of library settings. An “accidental” career in teaching took her from preschool story hour to university teaching. As Ellen and her husband collaborated on writing about the twentieth century American west, Ellen considered herself the “research” partner but found that she did much of the editing. Several years ago she started writing poetry about nature and her experiences as a “Ditch Rider.” Currently, she co-authors with her husband a monthly local history column for the Valley Voice. Combining her love of nature, her curiosity, her experience teaching, and her desire to share the excitement of life with others now leads her to facilitate nature-writing workshops.
Bob Enever will be leading the “Big Sit” at the Trillium House of the Yampa River Botanic Park. The author, Bob Enever, was born in 1928 (yes he’s 89) near London, England. He is a CPA, has an MBA from Northwestern U. and had several business careers in London, Africa, Canada, Michigan, Germany and Steamboat Springs. He and his wife, Audrey created the Yampa River Botanic Park and have loved living in Steamboat Springs since 1971. Bob was instrumental in setting up the platform just outside the Botanic Park where osprey have nested for the past two years. His recently published booklet, Steamboat’s Osprey Family tells the story in photographs and words of the first osprey family to nest within the city boundaries of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Hi, my name is Andrew (Floyd). I am 10 years old, I live in Lafayette, Colorado, and I go to an awesome school, and that school is… (drumroll), Lafayette Elementary School! I have learned so much about nature at my school. I am excited and very thrilled for our Osprey-watching trip!
Andrew Henry is the Social Activities Manager at Catamount Ranch & Club. Creating a variety of activities year-round for the members of the club, he is excited to assist with this year’s festival event, Birding by Pontoon Boat on Lake Catamount. In 2015, Andrew launched Catamount Wild, a series of programs for the membership dedicated to outdoor recreation and environmental education. As a growing birder, he is always becoming more involved in the Yampa Valley birding community.
Abby Jensen is a landscape and wildlife photographer with more than 20 years of experience. What began as a hobby photographing horses bloomed into a passion and, finally, a carefully crafted profession. Her work has been published in Nebraskaland magazine and the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper. Abby’s honed eye for stunning landscape photography is evident in her photos of the American Midwest, the plains of Kenya, and the lush regions of Peru. In addition to a talented eye, Abby brings an extraordinary amount of patience to her work, waiting for hours to capture the perfect shot. This has enabled her to capture images of animals in their most natural repose.
Abby resides with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in Steamboat Springs, CO where she is a member of the Pine Moon Fine Art Gallery. To view a sampling of Abby’s images, please visit www.jensen-photography.com. Abby will be leading the photography workshop during the festival.
Liz Leipold, MS OTR, RYT, works as an Occupational Therapist, Yoga Teacher and Ski Instructor in Steamboat Springs. Liz is certified with Shambhava Yoga, Yoga Kids International, and Yoga Nidra. Liz believes yoga is a continuous journey that relaxes the mind and heals and strengthens the body. Join Liz in an interactive Yoga class on the Library Lawn focusing on the life, culture and body language dance of our beautiful Sandhill Cranes.
Joel Such is a 19-year-old artist, writer, and field researcher who currently works for Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. His intense passion for the avian world was fully ignited by age two. Growing up in the foothills of Colorado’s Front Range, Joel has pursued birds with unwavering devotion and has contributed to a wide range of biological field projects and avian education. These experiences include being a field technician for the Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas, a co-founder and leader for Boulder County Audubon Teen Naturalists, and a bird bander for projects in Colorado, Ohio, and Guatemala. He will be leading guided bird walks during the festival.
Linda Litteral is an educator and avid adventurer. She has taken her passion for outdoor education and birdlife to Northwest Colorado. Linda has extensive knowledge of the natural world and can share it in terms everyone can understand and enjoy. She will be leading the Birding by Boat event during the festival.
Thomas Litteral is a wild bird enthusiast with 50 years of experience sharing this passion with others. He has taught many others the wonders of bird life and being more aware of the bounty of nature around us. He will be leading the Birding by Boat event during the festival.
Karen Vail received a B.S. in Horticulture, with a concentration in Botany from Colorado State University, and earned her Master’s Degree in Gardening from the Royal Horticultural Society in England. She taught Botany at the community college in Steamboat Springs and introduced people to local wildflowers through summer wildflower walks. She has published two books, For the Joy of Wildflowers: Colorado Creations, and Yampa Valley Visions: Photography and Writing of a Yampa Valley Naturalist. She also co-published the video/DVD A Season of Wildflowers: The Rocky Mountains. Karen runs her own landscaping business and continues to be active in education through Yampatika, a local environmental education organization. She will be leading the nature walk on the ski mountain during the festival.
Please visit our photo gallery for more photos of current and past festival speakers and workshop leaders.
The Broad Band is a local group of women who have banded together for their love of music and have been performing locally for the past 5 years. Their music encompasses a large span of time and genres with the commonality of vocal harmonies. The Band pictured from left to right: Carol Ives, Sheila Farney, Gail Holthausen, Kate Parke, Lindsay Young, Elizabeth Danielson, and Susie Leeson.
While performing monthly at Casey’s Pond, they have also played at Strings in the Mountain Garden Tours, Hooves, Stars, The Bust of Steamboat, Steamboat Community Center, and Routt County Partners as well as, of course, private parties and functions.
The Broad Band will be performing on the Library Lawn from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday evening.