Everglades Birding Festival
FIELD TRIP LEADERS
PADDY CUNNINGHAM — Biologist — Expert Guide and Instructor
Paddy Cunningham has been a Naturalist in South Florida for 35 years. Her passion is birds and she teaches a variety of bird classes to help birders gain advanced skills at numerous festivals, Bonnet House and Flamingo Gardens.
Her motto is “YOU LEARN THE I.D.”. Paddy’s company Birding Adventures takes small groups of birders throughout Florida, U.S. and the tropics - Jamaica, Bahamas and more. She calls her trips “INTENSE BIRDING at a RELAXED PACE.
She is the Coordinator of the Everglades Birding Festival in its 9th year. Paddy is a popular speaker and guide at Florida birding festivals-Big O, Fairchild Gardens, Wings & Wildflowers and the Everglades Birding Festival.
Despite being a Busy Mom and a full time Gifted Science Teacher in 2008 during a BIG YEAR she was 1st in Florida, 20th in the Lower 48 states and 27th overall for the A.B.A. area. Her passion is teaching you to become a better birder, while finding the birds you firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Crossley — Award winning author of The Crossley ID Guide series
Richard Crossley is an internationally acclaimed birder, photographer and award winning author of 'The Crossley ID Guide' series. Crazy, wildly passionate, driven and single-minded are just a few of the words used to describe his love of birding and the outdoors.
Born in Yorkshire, Richard first visited Cape May, USA after graduating, and moved there in 1991 after falling in love with the birding and town. After 20 years of hiding in the business world while raising his family (with wife Debra, 2 kids and a dog – all blondes), Richard co-authored the successful The Shorebird Guide. He quickly became obsessed with the newfound opportunities provided by digital technology, Photoshop and book design. The Crossley ID Guide series was created.
The innovative design shows a more lifelike and complete picture, challenging many of the traditional 'old-school' book layouts. This allows kids and beginners a better understanding of the looks and lives of birds. Recognized with multiple awards, this series has created a movement for other wildlife guides to put more emphasis on habitat, behavior and other imagery that we can relate to in real life.
Richard is also co-founder of the global birding initiative Pledge to Fledge , Race 4 Birds (www.race4birds.org) and The Cape May Young Birders Club. He has contributed to most major birding publications, is frequently heard on radio and is a highly sought-after public speaker. He served on the board of directors at the famous Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. He firmly believes that the time is right to popularize birding in the USA and other parts of the world.
When recently asked why he takes on so many projects, his answer, "it beats working" sums up his passion for everything outdoors.
JIM EAGER — Space Coast Audubon Society Avian Field Technician
After a 35 year career with BellSouth, Jim realized his dream of doing field work, after being selected as a raptor observer for the 2008 Florida Keys HawkWatch Project. As an Avian Field Technician, Jim has studied Bachman’s Sparrows in North Carolina, shorebirds/seabirds in Florida and breeding songbirds in Virginia.
He was also a co-founder and co-coordinator for the rebranded Florida Keys Hawkwatch at Curry Hammock State Park in the Middle Keys. He has participated in numerous Christmas Bird counts in Tennessee and Florida, conducted a Breeding Bird Survey route for 5 years in Merritt Island NWR and is the Brevard County coordinator for Florida’s Breeding Bird Atlas 2.
Jim is a field trip leader for the Wings and Wildflower Festival as well as the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. He is currently a board member and publicity chair for Space Coast Audubon Society and helps mentor the Young Birders of Brevard. He now is doing private guiding and touring with his company Obsessive Compulsive Birding.http://obsessivecompulsivebirding.com/
DAVID SIMPSON — Expert Guide
David is one of Florida’s premier birders. A fanatical lister, he holds ABA records in Fl. Big Year (2nd), Fl. Life List (4th) and has identified at least 150 species of birds in all 67 Florida counties. David is also an avid eBirder, submitting over 5,000 complete checklists in Florida in 2015. He worked as a park ranger for over 12 years developing a deep knowledge of Florida’s environment.
David is a very popular leader at birding festivals including Space Coast Birding and Wildlife, Wings & Wildflowers, Birdapalooza, and more. David and his wife run a business providing environmental consulting, customized bird guiding, speaking engagements, and training for eBird, birding, and other subjects.www.BirdingwithDavidSimpson.com
FIELD TRIP CO-LEADERJAMES PASCATORE — Field Trip Co-Leader
James is an excited new birder whose love of birds has led him to train to be a field trip co-leader. In 2012, James attempted a Big Year on the eastern coast of the U.S. and surpassed his goal of 300 species on New Year’s Eve. James reached 400 life bird species by the age of 19 and continues the quest for 500. He has been mentored by his Mom, Paddy Cunningham, but his ability to recall facts about birds lets him stand out on his own. This will be his second year (2017) as a co-leader and his third year as a member of Everglades Birding Festival email@example.com or
KEYNOTE SPEAKERRICHARD CROSSLEY — The Shorebird Guide