Erin Gettler is a naturalist, writer, photographer, and artist with a deep love for the ecological treasures found in urban areas and suburban backyards. She shares her curiosity about the natural world, from birds and bugs to butterflies and botany, through her words, photographs, and paintings. Gettler has written for the blogs Bird Watcher's Digest (for which she was a founding contributor) and The Last Word On Nothing. She currently writes for Seventh Generation's corporate blog on the subject of conservation. Gettler lives in the Pine Barrens of Long Island, New York, with her husband and her feisty rescue kitten. Her websites:
Birdseed: A Field Guide In Small Bites—birdseedfieldguide.tumblr.com The Familiar Wilderness—thefamiliarwilderness.com
Bill Thompson III (Whipple, OH) is the editor and co-publisher of Bird Watcher's Digest. He's also a keen birder, the author of many books, a field trip leader, an ecotourism consultant, the host of the This Birding Life podcast, and a regular speaker and performer on the birding festival circuit. His North American life list is somewhere between 673 and 675. His favorite bird is the red-headed woodpecker. His "spark bird" was a snowy owl. He has watched birds in 25 countries and 44 states, but his favorite place to watch is on the 80-acre farm he shares with his wife, artist and writer Julie Zickefoose. Some kind person once called Bill "the Pied Piper of Birding" and he has been trying to live up to that moniker ever since.