Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival



Nathan Pieplow


Nathan Pieplow is the author of the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds. An avid bird sound recordist and videographer, he is also the author of the bird sound blog, Earbirding.com, an author of the Colorado Birding Trail, and former editor of the journal, Colorado Birds.

Nathan is the Associate Director of the Global Studies Residential Academic Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Mile High Bug Club


The Mile High Bug Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to conservation of Colorado insects, arachnids, and other arthropods. They aim to develop awareness and encourage interest in Colorado arthropods; and support the protection of these creatures and their environments.


Leslie Holzmann


Leslie Holzmann has been taking photographs since she was given her first Brownie camera at age five. Her favorite subjects include landscapes, botanicals, and all forms of wildlife—especially birds and  her three young granddaughters.

She combines her background in education and biology with her passion for photography, hoping to share with others her joy and delight in creation.

You can check out her photos on her website at Mountain-Plover.com.

Debbie Barnes-Shankster

Debbie Barnes-Shankster

Debbie Barnes-Shankster has been birding and photographing birds for well over a decade. She teaches raptor identification classes around the Pikes Peak region, including at the Colorado State Raptor Monitors and at Cheyenne Mountain State Park, where she volunteers. She a popular field trip leader for our local Audubon chapter, Aiken Audubon. In addition, Debbie is the author of a photographic field guide, The Birds of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, which supplements her popular birding class there.

Dr. Brian Linkhart

Brian Linkhart

Dr. Brian Linkhart has been studying Flammulated Owls since he was a graduate student.

The Flammulated Owl is as small as a fist and reticent enough to disappear into the shadows of western forests. Considered the country’s leading expert on Flammulated Owls, Brian has been studying the demography and habitat requirements of this small raptor on the Manitou Experimental Forest since 1981. His aim is the development of conservation plans for forest ecosystems containing this and other sensitive species. With this extended period of study, Brian has been able to uncover some fascinating secrets about this species.

Dr. Linkhart is a Professor of Biology at Colorado College, where he teaches courses in ornithology, ecology and field biology.pace



Mark Izold

Mark Izold has taught at Pikes Peak Community College for the past 17 years. Previously he  taught at the Maricopa Community Colleges of the Phoenix, Arizona region and at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He specializes in micropaleontology and holds a BS and MS in the Geological Sciences.

Wild Things


The Wild Things Outreach Program is a volunteer group of dedicated students from the Zookeeping Technology program at Pikes Peak Community College. Wild Things allows students to gain extra hands-on experiences with a variety of educational animals while practicing their interpretive public speaking skills. The students accepted into the Wild Things Program have completed the program’s prerequisite courses and are well prepared to provide any group with a fun, educational and interactive experience!pace

Nature’s Educators

Nature's Educators logo-001Nature’s Educators aspires to reach every possible individual in educating about the importance of raptors and other animals. We motivate and encourage conservation by continually creating unique ways to inspire and excite the public. We dedicate ourselves to delivering the best care for all of our animal ambassadors.

Nature’s Educators will be bringing live birds, which in spite of their recovery are unable to be released back to the wild.


 Jean Pierre DeBernay

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Join artist Jean Pierre DeBernay as he creates an original watercolor during the Birds & Brews Happy Hour event on Saturday. Jean Pierre is the former Art Director for Current Inc. and has designed at least half a dozen bird calendars in his career. He will have illustrations and note card assortments for sale at the Birds & Brews event.