Kenn Kaufman is a naturalist, author, and artist who has written more than a dozen books about birds and nature. The migratory behavior of birds is a particular focus, and is the subject of his most recent book, A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration, published in 2019. He is also a Field Editor for the National Audubon Society and has been elected a Fellow of the American Ornithological Society. Although he currently lives in Ohio, Kenn grew up in Wichita and did most of his early birding in Kansas.
Bob Gress is a naturalist, photographer, and birder and is the former director of the Great Plains Nature Center. He holds an M.S. in Biology from Emporia State University. Along with David Seibel and Judd Patterson, he co-founded the website BirdsInFocus.com which features over 2,100 species worldwide. Since retirement in 2012, he has expanded his interest in world birds while continuing to search for U.S. birds that have eluded him. He has photographed birds and mammals for publications for over 30 years and over 4,500 of his photos have appeared in a variety of publications including most major nature magazines and more than 50 books.
Quivira NWR Manager
Mike Oldham grew up in northeastern New Mexico and began working toward his Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife & Habitat Management at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in 1988. Mike has experience in managing wetland habitat, invasive species control, cooperative farming, safety, wildland firefighting, and law enforcement. RecenHe has worked as a Wildlife Refuge Specialist at Deep Fork NWR in eastern Oklahoma, Wildlife Refuge Manager at Cibola NWR in southwest Arizona, and as Wildlife Refuge Manager at Quivira NWR in central Kansas.
Alvaro has been birding since he was 11 years old, and started guiding local trips as a teenager. He is a biologist, researcher, conservationist and guide. He started Alvaro's Adventures to provide his own style of trip leading to tours. About the experience of travel through birds, having a good time while birding! This philosophy guides all of our tours, although each guide adds their own personal touch to each trip
K-State Extension & Author
Chuck Otte has been a longtime Geary County K-State Extension agent, which has made him a keen observer of the plants and animals of Kansas and how humans interact with them. He also manages the immense database of the Kansas Bird Listserv, the go-to hub of information where birders around the state report findings and engage in conversations about all things birds. He is also an avid bird-watcher with decades of experience birding around the state.
Chuck Otte authored the book, "Birds of Kansas."
Manager Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area
Jason was born and raised less than 30 miles from Cheyenne Bottoms. Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area played a huge role in his love and passion for wildlife and the outdoors. He received his B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology from Fort Hays State University. He received an M.S. degree in Natural Resource Management from Sul Ross State University. He has over 15 years professional experience, 8 of those years with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and 7 years with Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Jason has been the manager of Cheyenne Bottoms since June of 2017. He enjoys hunting, fishing, trapping, and spending time outdoors with his wife and two daughters.