Kenn and Kimberly Kaufmans

Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman

location-pin Oak Harbor, Ohio

Expertise: Birding, butterflies and bugs, backyard wildlife, outdoor lifestyle, bird conservation

Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman

Kenn Kaufman
  • A Fellow of the American Ornithological Society since 2013
  • Received lifetime achievement award from the American Birding Association - twice
  • Received Eisenmann Medal from the Linnaean Society of New York
  • Authored or coauthored 14 books about birds and nature
  • Has authored hundreds of magazine articles and columns about birds since the 1980s
  • A popular public speaker, having presented programs in 41 states of the U.S. as well as in five other countries
  • An artist whose paintings of birds have been juried into several prestigious wildlife art shows
Kimberly Kaufman
  • Kimberly is coauthor of the Kaufman Field Guides to Nature of New England and Nature of the Midwest.
  • Chandler Robbins Award, given by the American Birding Association to an individual who has made significant contributions to education and/or bird conservation.
  • In 2017, she received a prestigious Milestone Award from the Toledo Area YWCA.
  • Kimberly serves on the boards of Shores and Islands Ohio and the American Bird Conservancy.

Experience

Kenn and Kimberly are the official Birds & Blooms bird experts. They are the duo behind the Kaufman Field Guide series. They speak and lead bird trips all over the world. When they're not traveling, they enjoy watching birds and other wildlife in their Northwest Ohio backyard. Fascinated with the natural world since the age of 6, Kenn has traveled to observe birds on all seven continents, and has authored or coauthored 14 books about birds and nature, including include seven titles in his own series, Kaufman Field Guides, designed to encourage beginners by making the first steps in nature study as easy as possible. His next book, The Birds That Audubon Missed, is scheduled to be published by Simon & Schuster in May 2024. Kenn is a Fellow of the American Ornithological Society, and has received the American Birding Association’s lifetime achievement award twice. Kimberly is the Executive Director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) in northwest Ohio. She became the Education Director in 2005 and Executive Director in 2009. As the Education Director, Kimberly played a key role in building BSBO’s school programs, as well as the highly successful Ohio Young Birders Club, a group for teenagers that has served as a model for youth birding programs. Kimberly is also the co-founder of The Biggest Week In American Birding, the largest birding festival in the U.S. Under Kimberly’s leadership, BSBO developed a birding tourism season in northwest Ohio that brings an annual economic impact of more than $40 million to the local economy. She is a contributing editor to Birds & Blooms Magazine, and coauthor of the Kaufman Field Guides to Nature of New England and Nature of the Midwest. Accolades to her credit include the Chandler Robbins Award, given by the American Birding Association to an individual who has made significant contributions to education and/or bird conservation. In 2017, she received a prestigious Milestone Award from the Toledo Area YWCA. Kimberly serves on the boards of Shores and Islands Ohio and the American Bird Conservancy.

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Articles

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