Dr. 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.
I first got into owling and raptors about 4 years ago. I was a heavy equipment operator most of my life.
About 6 months after I retired 8 years ago, my wife and I found ourselves in the position of raising two of our grandsons. I was looking for something to help give the boys a sense of belonging, so I decided to certify my backyard as a wildlife habitat. I started taking pictures of the birds we attracted with my cell phone, and I fell in love with birding right away. The following year, my wife got me my first camera. The boys would attend martial arts classes in the evening, and I would drive around while they were in class looking for birds to photograph. I first started seeing raptors at Big Johnson Reservoir, and I was instantly hooked. It wasn’t long before the raptors became my focus. I found my first owl at Clear Spring Ranch that year and that was all it took. I now spend most of my time following and photographing raptors, and I especially love the breeding season. About 6 months ago, I started writing a weekly column for the El Paso County News about the birds of El Paso County. That has led me here! I get the most joy when I share my passion and pass on the tips I have learned for finding and photographing raptors.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Nature’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
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.