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Rafael Galvez

Rafael Galvez has been birding and illustrating birds since childhood, a dual passion that developed when his family moved from Peru to South Florida. Always with a sketchpad in hand, he has traveled throughout the U.S., Latin America, and Eurasia in pursuit of birds. He served several years as a board member of the BirdLife International affiliate in the Republic of Georgia, developing educational and conservation programs.  He gained knowledge of the Caucasus region while directing a s...

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Brian Gibbons

Brian Gibbons grew up in suburban Dallas where he began exploring the wild world in local creeks and parks. Chasing butterflies and any animal that was unfortunate enough to cross paths with the Gibbons boys occupied his childhood. A wooden bird feeder kit sparked a flame that was stoked by a gift of the Golden Guide and family camping trips to Texas state parks. Twenty-five years ago Brian attended two VENT camps for young birders. Birds are now his primary interest, but all things wild cont...

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Richard Gibbons

Richard Gibbons is the Conservation Director for Houston Audubon where he manages their sanctuaries, develops and manages monitoring programs, and advocates for bird conservation in the region. He has worked as an ornithologist throughout the Americas for 18 years including bird banding, hawk watching, and colonial waterbird management. He recently earned his PhD working at LSU’s Museum of Natural Science where he split his time between coordinating citizen science projects and stu...

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Kate Godman

BirdNote Director of Development, Kate Godman, is a beginning birder with roots in England, storytelling, and theatre. After working for many years as Casting Director for the Intiman Theatre in Seattle, Kate moved into a fundraising career at Book-It Repertory Theatre and the Frye Art Museum, also in Seattle. She loves to bring about transformational change in individuals and communities through storytelling, and she's thrilled to be learning about, and advocating for, birds and the natural ...

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Héctor Gómez de Silva

Héctor Gómez de Silva began birding at age eight in New York City. He published his first article about birds at age 15 while in Kenya, where he lived for six years. Since his return to his native Mexico in 1985, Héctor has acquired one of the highest Mexico bird lists at over 950 species, and since 1993 he has led numerous tours in Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Kenya, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, and New Caledonia. Héctor has a Ph.D. in ecology f...

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Paul Greenfield

Paul Greenfield grew up near New York City and became interested in birds as a child. He received his B.F.A. from Temple University where he was an art major at the Tyler School of Art. Since 1972, he has lived in Ecuador where his fascination for birds and art has culminated with the completion of 20 years of work illustrating the book he co-authored with Robert Ridgely, The Birds of Ecuador. Paul is very involved in saving Ecuador's avian diversity and important habitats through his inv...