I am so proud to introduce you to my team for the Birds & Blooms 2015 Bird Day Challenge! Don’t forget to support my team in our Crowdrise campaign to raise money for the Black Swamp Bird Observatory. This is a very worthwhile organization, and they’ve been pioneers in getting kids active in birding.
STACY (The Editor) TORNIO
Stacy Tornio is the editor of Birds & Blooms, and she’s been with the magazine for 10 years. She loves Biggest Week in American Birding, and her favorite warbler is the black-and-white warbler. Last year, her team won the Big Day Challenge with 88 bird species in just 3 hours. This year, she expects to take home the title again, and she’s hoping to make it to 90 species.
RAYMOND (Stops at Nothing) VANBUSKIRK
Raymond VanBuskirk has lived in New Mexico his entire life. His infatuation with birds started at the young age of 7, and since then, he’s been studying, banding and watching birds all around the world. He is one of the owners and guides of BRANT, a tour guide company created in 2012. You can find Raymond on one of his company’s tours or sporting Leica Optics at birding events and festivals throughout the country.
DOUGLAS (The Wise One) GRAY
Douglas Gray was introduced to birding by his grandfather while growing up on the family farm near Clarksville, Tennessee. He currently resides in Franklin, Indiana and works as a senior engineering specialist…but his passion is birding. Doug leads bird hikes throughout Indiana and beyond, and is known for introducing people of color to the world of birding. However, Doug’s favorite hikes are with children, as he loves engaging with the upcoming generations of birdwatchers.
ROB (Smooth Operator) RIPMA
Rob Ripma, a life-long Indiana resident, is owner and creator of NuttyBirder.com, the place to go to find birds. He is also a partner in Sabrewing Nature Tours leading birding and photography trips in the US and Central and South America. Rob currently sits on the Black Swamp Bird Observatory’s Board of Directors as Secretary. Rob is also a blogger for Birds & Blooms, and you can read his blog posts online.
Go support Team Stacy right now. Just a small contribution of $10 can really help!