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August 10–14, 2022 | Tucson, AZ

Photography Trips & Workshops

The Southeast Arizona Birding Festival has many opportunities for nature photographers to hone their skills in the field or the classroom.  All workshops held at and field trips depart from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels near Reid Park unless otherwise noted.

Free events below require a separate registration. Paid events require registration on the main Festival form.

For trips on other days, please click a tab above

Thursday, August 11

 

Field Experience: Photography with Hunt’s Photo at Sweetwater Wetlands with Noah Buchanan & Simon Tolzmann

  • 6:30am – 8:30am
  • $15/person
  • Difficulty: Easy (Less than a mile walking on excellent surfaces)

Head over to our favorite birding hotspot in Tucson to try out the latest in photography gear with Noah Buchanan of Hunt’s Photo. This is the perfect opportunity to try out new equipment in the field before making your purchases, as well as receive tips for birding photography from the experts. Drive time to meeting location from festival venue is about 20 minutes, specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand. Limited to 15 participants.

 

Field Experience: Beginning Birding Photography with Lee Hoy and Alyce Bender at Reid Park

  • 6:30am – 8:30am
  • $35/person
  • Difficulty: Easy (Less than a mile walking on excellent surfaces)

Bring your camera gear… whatever you have and join Lee Hoy and Alyce Bender of Wildside Nature Tours for this fun, casual photo walk-a-bout. Lee and Alyce will help find subjects while discussing exposure, reading light, and composition while helping each person with setting up their cameras for quick response to the action. Drive time to meeting location from festival venue is about 2 minutes, specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand. Limited to 16 participants.

 

Classroom Experience: Best Field Practices for Birders and Photographers

  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • Free with Festival Registration

Whether you’re meandering through a forest, canoeing a river, or traipsing across a desert ridgeline, every step you take is being carefully observed by countless creatures both above and below. With that in mind, there’s no denying that our very presence in nature affects the lives of our abundant avian allies. How exactly does our behavior impact them, though? The short answer: it depends. Join four naturalists as we explore birding and photography etiquette in a unique interactive experience. With over 70 years of combined experience watching and photographing wild birds, Steve Vaughan, Henry Johnson, and Ian Adrian will share insight and guide discussions to better enhance the birding experience for avian and enthusiast alike.

 

Classroom Experience: Japan: An Amazing Winter Birding Photography Location with Alyce Bender

  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Free with Festival Registration

Take a break from the heat of Arizona and join Alyce Bender, Tamron Ambassador and Wildside Nature Tour leader, as she introduces you to Northern Japan and the wildlife that call it home during the winter! A variety of birds, like the Steller’s sea eagles and whooper swans, migrate to the area to overwinter while others, such as the Red Crowned Crane, are year-long residents. Learn more about the rare and endemic species that can be found during the coldest months of the year in this unique birding location. Additionally, Bender will include tips that are applicable to birding photography in general and speak about some of the ethical and conservation issues that surround birds in this part of the world.

 

Field Experience: Sunset Birding Photography with Hunt’s Photo at Reid Park with Noah Buchanan & Simon Tolzmann

  • 5:45pm – 7:15pm
  • $15/person
  • Difficulty: Easy (Less than a mile walking on excellent surfaces)

We’ll meet at the nearby birding hotspot, Reid Park, to try out the latest in photography gear with Noah Buchanan of Hunt’s Photo. This is the perfect opportunity to try out new equipment in the field before making your purchases, as well as receive tips for birding photography from the experts. Drive time to meeting location from festival venue is less than 5 minutes, specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand. Limited to 15 participants.

For trips on other days, please click a tab above

Friday, August 12

Field Experience: Ramsey Canyon Bird Photography with Sabrewing Nature Tours

  • 5:00am – 3:00pm
  • $125/person

Difficulty: Easy (Most of the time will be spent in photography blind. Drive time to final location approximately 90 minutes)

Join Sabrewing Nature Photographers Tyler Ficker and Jamie Cunningham to experience the new photography blind at Ramsey Canyon Inn B&B! This exciting new opportunity gives photographers the chance to photograph up to 10 hummingbird species and a variety of songbirds, all from the comfort of the newly designed photo blind. This blind was designed by the Sabrewing photography team and puts special focus on backgrounds, light angle and the ability to switch out perches easily! This tour will include a boxed breakfast.

 

Field Experience: Birding Photography on Mt. Lemmon with Henry Johnson

  • 6:30am – 3:00pm
  • $125/person
  • Difficulty: Easy (Maybe some uphill walking but mostly at feeders. Drive time to location approximately 50 minutes)

For this workshop we will travel up Mt Lemmon in the Catalina Mountains to the instructor’s cabin to practice your photography in mixed conifer forest. At 7500 feet expect to see Yellow-eyed Juncos, Acorn Woodpeckers, Steller’s Jays, Pine Siskins, Black-headed Grosbeaks, White-breasted and Pygmy Nuthatches, plus hummingbirds and a possible warbler or tanager. Lunch included. Limited to 8 participants.

 

Field Experience: Photography with Hunt’s Photo at Sweetwater Wetlands with Noah Buchanan & Simon Tolzmann

  • 6:30am – 8:30am
  • $15/person
  • Difficulty: Easy (Less than a mile walking on excellent surfaces)

Head over to our favorite birding hotspot in Tucson to try out the latest in photography gear with Noah Buchanan of Hunt’s Photo. This is the perfect opportunity to try out new equipment in the field before making your purchases, as well as receive tips for birding photography from the experts. Drive time to meeting location from festival venue is about 20 minutes, specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand. Limited to 15 participants.

 

Field Experience: Beginning Birding Photography with Lee Hoy and Alyce Bender at Reid Park

  • 6:30am – 8:30am
  • $35/person
  • Difficulty: Easy (Less than a mile walking on excellent surfaces)

Bring your camera gear… whatever you have and join Lee Hoy and Alyce Bender of Wildside Nature Tours for this fun, casual photo walk-a-bout. Lee and Alyce will help find subjects while discussing exposure, reading light, and composition while helping each person with setting up their cameras for quick response to the action. Drive time to meeting location from festival venue is about 2 minutes, specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand. Limited to 16 participants.

 

Classroom Experience: Making the Most of the Birding Experience: A Guide to Holistic Birding with Lee Hoy of Wildside Nature Tours

  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Free with Festival Registration

Join Lee Hoy, OM-D Pro Ambassador, owner of Big Bend Birding and Photo Tours, and Wildside Nature Tour Photography Workshop Leader, for a humorous, inspirational, and challenging presentation designed to help you transition your birding to a more holistic and enjoyable experience. We will examine methods and mindsets designed to move you beyond simple bird identification and listing to expanding your views of both and developing a richer, deeper understanding of the birding experience. Lee has birded in 49 states, leads 15 to 20 Colima Warbler hikes a year, and worked on the PBS Nature Special “Big Bend: The Wild Frontier of Texas.” He leads international and domestic photography workshops with some of his favorite destinations being Yellowstone in Winter, Amazon Riverboat Cruise, Big Bend National Park, and Newfoundland. This presentation is sure to make you laugh, make you reconsider some of your current assumptions about birding, and possibly even shed a tear.

 

Field Experience: Sunset Birding Photography with Hunt’s Photo at Reid Park with Noah Buchanan & Simon Tolzmann

  • 5:45pm – 7:15pm
  • $15/person
  • Difficulty: Easy (Less than a mile walking on excellent surfaces)

We’ll meet at the nearby birding hotspot, Reid Park, to try out the latest in photography gear with Noah Buchanan of Hunt’s Photo. This is the perfect opportunity to try out new equipment in the field before making your purchases, as well as receive tips for birding photography from the experts. Drive time to meeting location from festival venue is less than 5 minutes, specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand. Limited to 15 participants.

 

Field Experience: Bat Photography at Pond at Elephant Head with Dano Grayson

  • 6:00pm–10:00pm
  • $120/person
  • Difficulty: Easy (Most of the time spent in photography blinds)

The desert comes alive at night and the Pond at Elephant Head offers the perfect opportunity to catch it in action with your camera. Bat migration is happening during the monsoon season and offers an amazing experience. Join Wildlife Photographer, Dano Grayson for an evening of photographing bats and other wildlife at this private photography location. Recommended equipment: Camera with telephoto lens of at least 300mm along with tripod and shutter release cable. Leaves from festival venue in 15-passenger van. Limited to 8 participants.

 

For trips on other days, please click a tab above

Saturday, August 13

Field Experience: Bird Photography at the Paton Center for Hummingbirds with Maresa Pryor-Luzier

  • 5:30am – 11:00am
  • $65/person
  • Difficulty: Easy (Flat walking trails. Drive time to location approximately 75 minutes.)

Join Maresa in a hands-on bird photography workshop. We’ll start with feeder-watching and then walk-through the Richard Grand Memorial Meadow looking for Violet-crowned Hummingbirds, Broad-billed Hummingbirds, Lazuli Buntings, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Phainopepla, and more. We’ll work on natural lighting, aperture and shutter speed settings, backgrounds, and enjoy the morning. As a long-time birder and photographer, Maresa’s compassion for the outdoors and documenting nature’s behavior and beauty is a great thrill to share with other photographers. Limited to 8 participants.

 

Field Experience: Photography with Hunt’s Photo at Sweetwater Wetlands with Noah Buchanan & Jacob Bagley

  • 6:30am – 8:30am
  • $15/person
  • Difficulty: Easy (Less than a mile walking on excellent surfaces)

Head over to our favorite birding hotspot in Tucson to try out the latest in photography gear with Noah Buchanan of Hunt’s Photo. This is the perfect opportunity to try out new equipment in the field before making your purchases, as well as receive tips for birding photography from the experts. Drive time to meeting location from festival venue is about 20 minutes, specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand. Limited to 15 participants.

 

Classroom Experience: Hummingbird Photography Workshop with Stephen Vaughan

  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • $10/person

Hummingbirds can flap their wings up to 80 times a second, which can present quite the challenge for a photographer. This is the perfect opportunity to learn the specialized techniques needed to create stunning images of hummingbirds. We will cover ambient light, fill-flash and high-speed flash photography techniques. Join professional nature photographer Steve Vaughan for this fantastic opportunity to experience the joys of photographing these flying jewels. You can email Steve at StephenHVaughan@Gmail.com if you have questions.

 

Classroom Experience: Mastering Bird Photography Workshop with Lee Hoy of Wildside Nature Tours

  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • $10/person

Join Lee Hoy, OM-D Pro Ambassador, as he helps you understand how to master your autofocus settings, birds in flight settings, understand why mirrorless cameras are so beneficial for bird photography, and a list of simple tricks, tips, and techniques for improving your bird photography. This is designed for bird photographers of any skill level and with any camera gear/system.

 

Afternoon/Evening Trips

 

Sunset Birding Photography with Hunt’s Photo at Reid Park with Noah Buchanan and Simon Tolzmann

  • 5:45pm – 7:15pm
  • $15/person
  • Difficulty: Easy (Less than a mile walking on excellent surfaces)

We’ll meet at the nearby birding hotspot, Reid Park, to try out the latest in photography gear with Noah Buchanan of Hunt’s Photo. This is the perfect opportunity to try out new equipment in the field before making your purchases, as well as receive tips for birding photography from the experts. Drive time to meeting location from festival venue is less than 5 minutes, specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand. Limited to 15 participants.

 

For trips on other days, please click a tab above

Sunday, August 14

Field Experience: Hummingbird Photography Field Workshop with Stephen Vaughan at the Paton Center

  • 6:00am – 2:00pm
  • $125/person

Hummingbirds can flap their wings up to 80 times a second, which can present quite the challenge for a photographer. This is the perfect opportunity to learn the specialized techniques needed to create stunning images of hummingbirds. We’ll traveling to the famous Paton Center for Hummingbirds and discuss ambient light, fill-flash and high-speed flash photography techniques. Join professional nature photographer Stephen Vaughan for this fantastic opportunity to experience the joys of photographing these flying jewels. Recommended equipment: Digital SLR, TTL flash, tripod and a telephoto lens capable of focusing close enough the fill the viewfinder with a 5 x 7 inch object. You can email Steve at StephenHVaughan@Gmail.com if you have questions. Lunch included. Limited to 8 participants.

 

Photography with Hunt’s Photo in Madera Canyon with Noah Buchanan & Jacob Bagley

  • 6:30am – 8:30am
  • $15/person
  • Difficulty: Moderate (Fairly good trail surfaces, but with some rocky/rooted sections)

Enjoy a birding photography experience in the iconic Madera Canyon with Jacob Bagley, an amazing young photographer, and try out the latest in photography gear with Noah Buchanan of Hunt’s Photo. This is the perfect opportunity to try out new equipment in the field before making your purchases, as well as receive tips for birding photography from the experts. Drive time to meeting location from festival venue is about 50 minutes, specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand. Limited to 10 participants.

 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received on or before August 1, 2022 will be refunded less a 10% processing fee. No refunds will be issued after August 1. Tucson Audubon reserves the right to cancel or revise any event for any reason. If it becomes necessary to cancel a paid event (field trip or dinner) for which you have a reservation, we will notify you and issue a full refund. No refunds will be issued for no-shows.

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

Michael T. Bogan (he/him)

Michael is an Assistant Professor of Aquatic biology at the University of Arizona. Originally from California, he earned his PhD at Oregon State University, where his research focused on stream ecosystems of the Madrean Sky Islands and Sonoran Desert. He is well-known for his work on Santa Cruz River Heritage Project, and his beautiful photos of dragonflies. His research topics include Arid Lands, Conservation Biology, Invasive Species and Population and Community Ecology.

Michael serves as the faculty advisor for the UA chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, a national Diversity in STEM organization. Michael is a partner on our Santa Cruz River Heritage Project work and has contributed to the Vermilion Flycatcher in the past year.

Michael has a hard time choosing a single favorite bird, but says that Curve-billed Thrashers are pretty hard to beat. “I could watch them goofing around through the leaf litter and be entertained for days!”

 

Alberto Búrquez

I currently work at the Instituto de Ecología, Department of Ecology of Biodiversity, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). I got my bachelor and master’s degree at UNAM, and my PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. I do research in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Ethnoecology. Drylands ecology and societal use of resources in water-limited systems have been an ever-present passion through my life. It might be because I am a Sonoran Desert born person. However, my personal theory is that once someone experiences the desert landscapes they are smitten for life. I am passionate about bird and honorary bird species like bats and hawkmoths, particularly in their mutualist interactions with plants. My current projects include: 1) Columnar cacti: ecology, evolution, societal services. 2) Effects of extreme events on vegetation, 3) Species Distribution and Biogeography, 4) Indigenous lands and ecosystem processes, and 5) drought and freezing resistance in plants at the edges of distribution.

 

Jeanne Calhoun

Fascinated by wilderness and everything wild since growing up backpacking with her family in the Sierras, Jeanne pursued a diverse environmental career over the past 30+ years.  With a Bachelor’s in Biology (Carleton College) and a Master’s in Geology (Oregon State University), she pursued multiple aspects of environmental protection, with the last 23 years focused on ecological conservation in Arizona, working for The Nature Conservancy, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the US National Park Service.  During her ten years at TNC, Jeanne was responsible for on-the-ground conservation in four ecoregions in Arizona, management of TNC’s preserve system, land management and restoration, government relations, and water policy.

Jeanne spent seven years with the USFWS where she oversaw threatened and endangered species issues in southern Arizona. She enjoyed the challenges of dealing with controversial issues such as the international border, proposed mining projects, energy infrastructure, wilderness management and climate change.

Most recently, she worked for Grand Canyon National Park as Chief of the Science and Resource Management Division, where she oversaw all science research as well as natural and cultural resource management activities in the park.  During her years at the Grand Canyon, Jeanne initiated the first Paleontological Resources Inventory for the park, led a Climate Change Analysis for the park’s watershed, reinitiated the effort to designate 94% of the park as Wilderness, and led publication of the Natural and Cultural Resource Condition Assessment for the park.

Recently retired, Jeanne has a passion for water sports, hiking and exploring Arizona’s spectacular landscapes, and is learning how to play the saxophone.

 

Colleen Cacy

Colleen is a partner with the firm Gadarian and Cacy, PLLC, a Tucson law firm specializing in professional Tax Strategy, Estate Planning and Asset Protection law.

  • J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law (1986)
  • President of the Board of the Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council
  • Elected member, American College of Trust and Estate Council
  • Memberships: Executive Committee of the Probate and Trust Section of the State Bar, the State Bar of Arizona, the Probate and Trust and Tax Sections of the State Bar, the American Bar Association, and the Pima County Bar Association.
  • Past President of the Board of ZUZI Dance Company

 

Richard Carlson

Richard started birding as a child in Minnesota 70 years ago. After a brief interlude at Harvard, where he majored in caving, mountain climbing, winter mountaineering and economics, he began birding again in Washington DC with the Maryland Ornithological Society. He was one of Chan Robbin’s volunteers in establishing the first Breeding Bird Surveys. Bribed by the Nixon administration to leave town with a fellowship to Stanford, he moved West in 1969. He worked at Stanford Research Institute, where he co-authored “Solar Energy in America’s Future” and led field trips for the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society. He became President of the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory and expanded his birding to Latin America. He has birded throughout the Neotropics and in Africa, Australia, Antarctica, India, China and Europe. He hopes to ultimately see at least half the birds of the world. He and his wife Pat now migrate between homes in Tucson and Lake Tahoe depending on where the birds are.

 

Tricia Gerrodette

Tricia never wound up with a career but instead had a variety of jobs and life experiences. She's been a bookkeeper, a typist, a proofreader and then a test analyst for a defense contracting company. She was a tour guide for trips into Mexico's Copper Canyon for Elderhostel (now Road Scholar). The trips focused on Mexican and railroad history as well as the history and culture of the Rarámuri (Tarahumara) natives.

Secretary of the board for Tucson Audubon, member of the board for Friends of the San Pedro River, president of the now-defunct Huachuca Audubon Society, treasurer for Sky Island Unitarian Universalist Church, Water Sentinel with Sierra Club Water Sentinels, Steering Committee for Sustainable Water Workgroup.

When Huachuca Audubon Society disbanded in May 2016, Cochise County became part of the "assigned" territory for Tucson Audubon Society. That was a huge amount of land, although not too many people, to absorb. I was invited to be on the Tucson Audubon board to help with that effort, and to help protect the San Pedro River. That work still continues! Photo by Mark Levy.

Kathy Jacobs

Kathy Jacobs is a professor of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona and Director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS). CCASS is a component of the Arizona Institutes for Resilience, and builds capacity to accelerate adaptation and on-the-ground solutions to climate issues.  She is currently a member of a team that is building the Indigenous Resilience Center at the UA.  From 2010 – 2013, Jacobs worked in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House. She was director of the Third National Climate Assessment, and the lead advisor on water science, policy, and adaptation. From 2006-2009 Jacobs was Executive Director of th

e Arizona Water Institute, a consortium of Arizona’s three universities focused on water sustainability. She worked 23 years for the Arizona

Department of Water Resources, including 15 as the director of the Tucson Active Management Area.  She was engaged in multiple aspects of implementing Arizona’s Groundwater Management Act, including development of water conservation programs and the Assured Water Supply Rules.  Jacobs has served on nine National Academy panels; she earned her M.L.A. in environmental planning from Berkeley.

 

Elisabeth (Lissie) Jaquette

Elisabeth (Lissie) Jaquette had been an occasional birder prior to moving to Arizona in 2018. Since connecting with Tucson Audubon, she has become increasingly passionate about birding, and is excited to give back by serving on the board. Lissie first became involved with Tucson Audubon by participating in the Habitat at Home program, then by joining as a member, and more recently by volunteering with the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival, the Birdathon, and several bird surveys.

Lissie’s education includes a BA from Swarthmore College and an MA from Columbia University. Since 2017 she has served as Executive Director for the American Literary Translators Association, a non-profit membership organization.

When Lissie is not birding, she enjoys hiking and trail running in the Sonoran Desert, and translating literature from Arabic to English (her latest book was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Awards). She lives in Tucson with her 1-year-old son, Cassin (named for the kingbird); dog, Cooper (named for the hawk); and husband, Dan (sadly not named for any birds).

 

Riana Johnson

Riana Johnson is a skilled researcher with experience in quantitative, qualitative, and data visualization within the energy efficiency and utility industry. She brings creativity along with strong data analysis skills to her work. She uses her background in fine art and econometrics to deftly craft data visualizations and tell data-driven stories. Riana is a new birder and loves living in Tucson where the Vermillion Flycatchers are plenty. She recently started a chapter of the Feminist Bird Club in Tucson where she can mix her passion for activism, art, and birds. Riana has degrees in Political Science and Studio Art from New York University and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Arizona.

 

Linda McNulty

Linda McNultyLinda’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rochester, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona, where she graduated Summa cum Laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif. A recently retired partner at the law firm of Lewis and Roca, LLP, Linda was a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Finance practice group. Her law practice focused primarily on commercial real estate, business and natural resources law. Linda has served a number of board roles, including: President of the Tucson chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and member to the board of directors of the Pima County Sports and Tourism Authority, the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, and the Wilderness Land Trust. Early in her career, Linda worked for the Arizona Department of Water Resources and she’s maintained a connection to water policy issues in Arizona. Linda has been a member of Tucson Audubon Society since 1976 and lives with her husband Michael in Tucson.

 

R. Cynthia Pruett

Cynthia-Pruitt-with-raffle-tickets-by-Kendall-KroesenFor a long period I was what you might call a "lapsed birder". I started birding in college with a boyfriend who became my husband and we traveled all over the United States while he was in the service; leading to a pretty comprehensive bird list. Then suddenly, other life activity got in the way and for about 25 years birding was shelved. In the late 80's I was introduced to an avid woman birder at an environmental conference and the passion came back. My work career involved many executive jobs, some of them key environmental positions, which only reinforced my understanding of the need to protect important habitat around the world. It's (the birding) led to many trips to many countries, a joy of seeing both new and revisited birds and of course, to becoming active in Audubon chapters, both here and in Virginia.

 

Cynthia M. VerDuin, CPA

Cynthia began birding when she was 10 by participating with her girl scout troop create a bird-watching badge. In the 90’s she began birding with family, friends and with bird walks in various Ohio regions. Since 2010, she has enjoyed Tucson Audubon bird walks and short trips. Beginning in 2016, she has participated in the Birding Festival, serving as a volunteer in 2017-2019 and at Meet your Birds events. She served on the Gala and Finance committees in 2016-2017, and joined the board in 2018. She now serves as Treasurer and Search Committee co-chair.

Cynthia founded her accounting firm in 2007, focusing on not-for-profits, small companies and individuals, providing accounting, tax planning and reporting services, calling upon her Kent State University (BA degree in accounting with honors) and her experience at one of the “Big Eight” accounting firms (Arthur Andersen). Cynthia is also a Physical Therapist and commercial hot air balloon pilot, and enjoys hiking, birding, biking and swimming.