Meet the banding station volunteers who make it all happen!
When I was only 7 years old, I chased down a singing bird to find out what it was. When I got close enough to it, I observed it and used my bird book to identify it as a House Wren. Ever since that day, I have been hooked. I learned to band birds at Riveredge Nature Center in Newburg, Wisconsin. Then, I was lucky enough to land a job in the city of Milwaukee for setting up a migratory bird banding project. I started this project in 2011 with a sub-permit under Marianne Korosy’s Master Permit for bird banding for the US Geological Survey. In January of 2017, I received a Master Banding permit which allows me to continue guiding and evolving this project. During the week, I teach environmental science to elementary age students at Learning Gate Community School in Lutz. Jim McGinity, Master Bander
I am a graduate of the University of South Florida, Tampa, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Biology. I have been interested in birds since I was a child, having raised and handled various species over the years. Currently I volunteer for several banding projects while also seeking a scientific query for graduate studies. I am a certified interpretative guide for both natural and historical sites by both the National Association for Interpretation and the Florida Park Service. Kay Prophet
Andrew & Anastasia admiring our rare SWWA visitor.
During the week I am a Senior Ecologist at Applied Bionomics, LLC, a professional environmental consulting firm headquartered in Tampa. My work takes me all around Florida, surveying for many of the state’s listed species, including burrowing owls, scrub-jays, southeastern American kestrels, crested caracaras, and gopher tortoises. I took a bird bander training course in 2010 in North Carolina during which I learned how to safely handle birds, extract them from the nets and other related skills. Andrew Fuddy
I am a retired scientist from Cardno doing projects on wetlands and rare plants/animals in Florida. I am one of the extractor volunteers and love the variety of birds that we get to see “up close” and personal. My claim to “fame” is that I was the volunteer that extracted our first ever Swainson’s Warbler! I live up in the Brooksville area and also spend time with my dogs in field trial competitions. Eva Bailey
Graduate of Eckerd College in St. Pete with my BA in Biology & Psychology. Boston native. Work as an Environmental Specialist at the DOH. Have had a passion for ornithology my whole life, with my serious interest starting early in college which led me to complete a few courses as well as a bird banding course in 2017 at Tall Timbers. Monitored nests for OspreyWatch during college & am currently learning to extract, scribe, and band with Jim. Looking forward to pursuing a masters degree in the years to come. Kylie Noonan
I started watching birds when I was 15. I took every Biology class I could while in high school. I have taught bird ID courses as well as led many field trips throughout the US. I have a BS in Biology from MUM (MIU) and an MS in Science Education form Florida State. I have been a science teacher/tech coordinator for PCS for 35 years. I am a MAPS trained bird bander. Paul Trunk
b.Clearwater 43, Clearwater HS 61, MIT 65, Columbia 69, Lahey Clinic 75, returned Clearwater 75, orthopedic surgeon, retired 05, started birding 05, rip??
I moved to Clearwater about 2 years ago from the Chicago area. I worked at a nature center up there and was involved with their “Lights Out” campaign to protect migratory birds. Part of the project involved picking up dead migratory birds around the skyscrapers down town. I am glad to be able to work with beautiful, live migratory birds and help to protect them. I help set up nets, extract the birds and educate the visitors about the project. During the week, I work at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium as the Education Coordinator. Anastasia Steinbrenner (temporarily on sabbatical in grad school in Germany)