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Meet the staff

 

Matt Mendenhall, Editor

Matt Mendenhall, Editor

Matt has been editing magazines and websites since 1994. He joined the staff of BirdWatching (formerly Birder’s World) in 2000 and has worn many hats over the years: reporter, story wrangler, photo editor, managing editor, and now editor. Originally from Omaha, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Milwaukee and holds a Bachelor’s in journalism from Marquette University. You can reach Matt at (617) 706-9098 and [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @mdmendenhall.

Lee Mergner, Editorial Consultant

Lee Mergner, Editorial Consultant

As a consultant at Madavor Media, Lee works closely with two magazines: BirdWatching and JazzTimes. Lee also contributes reviews, columns, news features, and profiles to JazzTimes, and he’s the host of JazzTimes Spins & Riffs, a weekly podcast available from iTunes. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Lee obtained his BA in psychology and math from Dickinson College and an MBA in marketing from Temple University. You can reach him at (617) 315-9154 and [email protected].

Contributing Editors

Our contributing editors aren’t just columnists. They’re bestselling authors, popular public speakers, tour leaders, field researchers, and well-known artists. Each is knowledgeable, likable, and frequently, really funny. They’re just the sort of people you’d want to go birding with. They’re the biggest names in the world of birding. And you can find them in every issue of BirdWatching.

Pete Dunne

Pete Dunne

Pete is an accomplished birder, a gifted storyteller — the “Bard of Birding,” according to the Wall Street Journal — and one of North America’s preeminent nature writers. He is the author of over a dozen books and our regular wide-ranging column “Birder at Large.” He founded the World Series of Birding and, in 1987, was awarded the ABA Roger Tory Peterson Award for lifetime achievement. For many years the director of the Cape May Bird Observatory, he recently transitioned over to the role of New Jersey Audubon’s Ambassador for Birding. His first article, the essay “Hawks and Feeders,” appeared in June 1987.

Laura Erickson

Laura Erickson

Laura’s column “Attracting Birds,” about attracting, feeding, sheltering, and understanding the birds in your backyard, appears in every issue. She is an author, radio producer, and public speaker who has dedicated her professional life to the love, understanding, and protection of birds. “Snow Bird,” her first article in the magazine, appeared in December 2003. It described the migration and winter habits of the American Robin.

Eldon Greij

Eldon Greij

Eldon is a biologist and lifelong educator and the author of our popular column “Amazing Birds.” He is professor emeritus at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where he taught ornithology and ecology for many years while working closely with area birdwatchers. He left academe in 1987 to launch Birder’s World and served tirelessly as its publisher and editor.

Kenn Kaufman

Kenn Kaufman

Kenn’s column “ID Tips,” featuring the photographs of Brian E. Small, appears in every issue of the magazine. He is an expert birder and naturalist, a talented artist and photographer, a world traveler, and the author of many books about birds and other wildlife. His work first appeared in Birder’s World (now BirdWatching) in April 1988.

David Allen Sibley

David Allen Sibley

David’s column “ID Toolkit” appears in every issue of the magazine. He is the author of the bestselling Sibley Guide to Birds, Sibley’s Birding Basics, and Sibley guides to birds of eastern and western North America. His first article, a profile of St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, appeared in our August 2006 issue.

Brian E. Small

Brian E. Small

Brian’s photos illustrate our “ID Tips” column, written by Kenn Kaufman. His bird photographs have been featured in hundreds of books, magazines, calendars, websites, newspapers, and smartphone apps. Brian is also the co-author, with Paul Sterry, of bird guides to eastern and western North America.