Meet the Community Team

Jill Staake is your Community Manager. Her job is to make sure the boards are a fun and safe place for Birds & Blooms fans to meet and chat. In addition to Jill, some of our long-term Community members have volunteered to help keep an eye on things around the Community. They have a direct link to Jill and the editors of Birds & Blooms, and will be around to answer questions, welcome new users, encourage on-topic discussions and more.

Here’s our team…

sharonName: Sharon

User Name: Catsbirds

Location: Hudson, Indiana

Favorite Bird: Hummingbirds (summer), Junco and Blue Jay (winter)

Favorite Bloom: Rudbeckia

Sharon (Catsbirds) an avid birder who loves watching, feeding, and photographing them daily. She participates in many bird counts and is always working to extend her life list. She has a small garden bed planted just for butterflies and hummingbirds, and loves to grow veggies in containers for herself and her husband. When she’s not photographing birds, you’ll find Sharon selling antiques on eBay or enjoying the lakeview from her front porch with a magazine on her lap. Look for Sharon everywhere on the Community, but especially on Backyard Chat where she starts a popular daily photo thread.

resaName: Resa

User Name: Resa_NS

Location: Syndey, Nova Scotia, Canada

Favorite Bird: Cedar Waxwing

Favorite Bloom: Lilac

Resa (Resa_NS) is one of our many Community members from Canada. After years of living in almost every Canadian province and in Europe as an Air Force wife, she lives now on a small island in beautiful Cape Breton. Resa is a proud grandmother who loves photography and spending time with friends. She’s been here on the Birds & Blooms Community since 2002, making friends from all over and visiting them too. Look for Resa mostly on the Backyard Chat forums.

betteName: Bette (Bet)

User Name: wilderness_NY_Z4

Location: Schroon Lake, NY

Favorite Bird: Eastern Bluebird and Northern Cardinal

Favorite Bloom: Hybrid Tea Roses

Bette (wilderness_NY_Z4) loves being outdoors in the clean fresh air, working in her vegetable and flower gardens and watching the birds at her feeders. She traveled around the world with her husband, but has always called the beautiful Adirondacks of upstate New York her home. When she’s not out enjoying nature, she keeps busy with cooking, knitting, sewing, and crochet, as well as volunteering with the Lion’s Club and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Look for Bette in the Gardening forums, where she especially loves to chat about vegetable gardening.

gayleName: Gayle

User Name: cove2700

Location: Eastern Shore of Virginia

Favorite Bird: Blue Jay

Favorite Bloom: Roses, Iris, and Daylilies

Gayle (cove2700) is a flower gardener, as you might guess if you visited her yard and saw the more than 100 varieties of daylilies she has collected! She started her obsession years ago with a single piece of Prickly Pear cactus, getting hooked as soon as she saw that first bloom. When she’s not busy with her hands in the dirt, Gayle loves to read, quilt, and work on other needlecrafts, or spend time strolling on the beach. She’s currently working on teaching her son to garden, while spending as much time with her grandkids as she can. Look for Gayle all over the Gardening forums, where she’s made many close friends over the years.

charleneName: Charlene

User Name: plantdoctorzn4

Location: Lime Springs, Iowa

Favorite Bird: Mourning Dove and Hummingbirds

Favorite Bloom: Asters

If you’ve got a gardening question, chances are Charlene (plantdoctorzn4) has an answer! She’s an avid flower gardener, making the most of her short zone 4 growing season by starting plenty of seeds during the late winter months. She loves to grow native plants to feed the birds in her yard too. She supports her seed starting addiction with her work as a furniture upholsterer, a business she’s owned for over 30 years. Come find Charlene in the Gardening forums, and perhaps even plan to join the 20 other Community members she’s already met in person!

steveName: Steve

User Name: steve232_nc

Location: Wilkesboro, North Carolina

Favorite Bird: Woodpeckers

Favorite Bloom: Zinnias

Steve (steve232_nc) loves being out in nature, whether working in his garden or going for a run. He’s especially fond of his vegetable garden and the fresh food it provides, but he loves flowers too, growing blooms to attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and songbirds. He loves feeding and watching his backyard birds, and is determined to spot a red-headed woodpecker in person one of these days. Look for Steve all around the Community, sharing his seed-starting adventures on the Gardening boards or his on-going struggles with the local squirrels in Birding.

stellaName: Stella

User Name: Stelios

Location: Deux-Montagnes, Quebec, Canada

Favorite Bird: Swallow

Favorite Bloom: Rose

Stella (Stelios) enjoys gardening, but she’s just crazy about her backyard birds! She loves feeding them, photographing them, and watching their antics, even if they do make a mess on her deck. Her garden keeps her busy during the summer months in Quebec, while her grandkids are a year-round source of happiness. She also likes to read and play on the computer, and creates gourd art. Look for Stella in the Gardening forums or encouraging folks to join in the fun on the Birding forums.