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We will have a large number of trained shorebird people working on these projects including, for now:

International Team Members

William Dick - Volunteer with the Wash Wader Ringing Group since its inception in 1968. In the early 1970's, William studied Red Knots intensively for five years in the UK, West Africa and Iceland. William also worked on the James Bay Shorebird Project (Canada) surveying all species passing through James Bay, mainly semipalmated sandpiper. William is an agricultural consultant in the UK.

Peter Collins - Volunteer with Victoria Wader Study Group (VWSG) since 1992. Assistant Editor for VWSG Bulletin since 1994. Self-employed as an orthithological consultant.

Doris Graham, Ph.D. - Doris is a retired microbiologist and an original member of both the Victorian and Australasian Study Group. She is a veteran of many shorebird expeditions including the 1998 and 1999 work on the Delaware Bay.

Kenneth Graham - Volunteer with the Highland Ringing Group (HRG), Ross-shire, Scotland, since he was a wee lad. Main study species in 2000-2001: Greylag Geese and waders, using cannon nets and banding. The HRG performs systematic surveys of passerines and waders, bands raptors as young in the nest, and passerines with mist nets. Kenny is a Forest Manager for Scottish Woodlands Ltd., a forestry consultant firm in Ross-shire, Scotland.

Jacquie Heaton - volunteer with the Highland Ringing Group since 1995. Jacquie retired from teaching in 1992 and has been involved as a volunteer with the BTO performing surveys for waders, divers, grebes, raptors, land birds for ten years including constant effort mistnetting of passerines. Annual Waterway Breeding Bird Surveys and Breeding Bird Surveys each summer; voluteer research with the HRG includes work on sand martins and storm petrels on RSPB islands off the northern coast of Scotland. Mist netting in garden and nest box project blue and great tits, redstarts, pied flycatchers.

Hugh Insley - Council Member of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) for the past two years and a member of the BTO since 1965; fully licensed ringer since 1966. Chairman of the Highland Ringing Group. Director of Forest Enterprise for north Scotland. Completed Ph.D. at University of London on tree physiology. Mainly specializes in wader banding and has taken part in previous expeditions including northwest Australia Wader Study Expedition in 1998.

Rosalind Jessop - Employed as Senior Biologist at the Phillip Island Nature Park, Victoria AUS; her main research is on Little Penguins. Since 1980, Ros has been a member of the Victorian Wader Study Group (VWSG), is currently the Editor of the VWSG Bulletin and on the VWSG Committee. Ros is the Vice-Chair of the Australasian Wader Studies Group for the past two years, and committee member for past five years.

Peter Mayhew - Volunteer with Highland Ringing Group (HRG) for ten years. One main project that Peter and the HRG carrying out is a banding study of Strom Petrels on Priest Island off the northwest coast of Scotland to develop methods of estimating colony size and compare mark-recapture methods with other census methods. Peter is the Senior Conservation Manager with the Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB) in North Scotland; is responsible for the management of 35,000 ha. of RSPB nature reserves, coordinates regional research projects on Capercaillie and Black Grouse (woodland grouse). Completed Ph.D. in Scotland on feeding ecology of Eurasian Wigeon.

Ken Musgrave - volunteer for the Delaware Bay Shorebird project for three seasons. Oringinally from London, England, Ken moved to Canada 23 years ago. He is a past president of the South Peel Naturalist Club near Toronto, and has been involved with the Club for 20 years. Ken is a retired engineer who had worked for the mining industry. Ken, an avid golfer, is frequently called upon, as the expert in residence, to identify birds that other golfers spot on the course.

Mark Peck - ornithologist at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology in the Royal Ontario Museum. He specializes in the systematics of Charadriiformes (birds), and co-leads the Arctic survey for Red Knots.

Kevin Peace - volunteer with HRG for since 1996, cannon-netting waders on the west coast of Scotland on various coastal islands and also works on storm petrels. He spends most of his time on monitoring breeding productivity and fledging success of raptors. Kevin is a District Manager for the Forestry Commission near Aberdeen, and coordinates avian population monitoring including breeding success of capercaillie and black grouse (woodland grouse). Kevin is also a volunteer of the Grampian Ringing Group in the eastern Highlands where he organized a Wetland Bird Survey jointly with the British Trust for Ornithology. The Wetland Bird Survey is carried out throughout the entire UK.

Holly Sitters - this was Holly's first season at Delaware Bay, but she is an experienced member of other wader ringing groups including expeditions to Broom, Australia. Holly has been active with Devon and Cornwall Wader Ringing Group Projects since she was ten years old and has worked extensively with the Victorian Wader Study Group in southeast Autstralia. This fall, Holly is heading off to Edinburgh University, Scotland, to begin study for a degree in Ecology.

Humphrey Sitters - Humphrey is a core member of the Delaware Bay Project. Humphrey has been performing research on alternate food sources and night feeding on Delaware Bay red knots for five years. His work is critical to our understanding of feeding ecology and weight gains of red knots on the Delaware Bay stopover. He received his Ph.D. studying night feeding in oystercatchers.

Barbara Swinfen - Volunteer with the Wash Wader Ringing Group since 1970. Founding member of the Devon-Cornwall Wader Ringing Group (DCWRG). The DCWRG captures and bands all wader species overwintering in southwest UK and monitor breeding populations of waders and land birds. This is Barbara's third season volunteering with the Delaware Bay Shorebird Project.

Roger Swinfen - Roger has been cannon-netting since 1976 as part of the original Wash Wader Study Group. Since then he as participated in shorbird work throughout the UK and led the 2000 banding project on the Delaware Bay. He is a retired marine ecologist with the Marine Biological Association of the UK. Roger is accompanied by his wife, Barbara, who has more than 30 years of experience at shorebird ringing, and his daughter, Bryony

Dick Veitch - volunteer with the Delaware Bay Shorebird Project for two seasons. Dick has 40 years of experience in New Zealand's Endangered Species Conservation in the New Zeland Department of Conservation and the founder of the New Zealand Bird Banding Group.

Alastair Young - Trained with Clyde Ringing Group and spent ten years ringing seabirds including Gannets. Also banded passerines, specifically focusing on Sand Martin and Barn Swallow, to document distribution and movements from nesting sites to local and larger roosts. Moved in early 1990's to the Highlands and since that time has been with the HRG, working on their research projects (cannon netting and seabirds in summer). Alastair is a District Forester with the Forestry Commission in the Moray Forest District.

New Jersey Team Members

Amy Gaberlein - Voluteer with the Delaware Bay Shorebird Project since 1999. Amy was trained as an Environmental Education with a BS Biology. Amy has worked at some of the best-known birding locations in the east, such as Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Florida, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia; also known to do stints as a Historical Interpreter at Historic Cold Spring Village in Cape May, New Jersey.

Amy Luebke - volunteer with the Delaware Bay Shorebird Project for the past three years. Amy and her husband Bruce, are core members of the shorebird research crew. Amy's has spent years working with Bruce on a variety of bird research and observations from prairie chickens in Wisconsin, Sandhill Cranes in Nebraska, and in the last five years, Delaware Bay shorebirds. Their daughters Callie (7) and Caitlin (9) are also a part of the banding team assisting with color banding, helping to move birds from the net to keeping cages and keeping the banding teams supplied with birds.

Bruce Luebke - Bruce has been a Biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service since 1991. From 1985 to 1991, he worked with the Hennepin Parks System in Minnesota mainly on Osprey ("hacking") and Trumpeter Swan reintroductions, and spent a season in 1991 with The Nature Conservancy performing prairie restoration and management. Bruce, Amy and their two daughters moved to New Jersey five years ago, and Bruce has been working on the Delaware Bay Shorebird Project ever since. Bruce is a seasoned member of our Arctic research project to study Red Knot breeding ecology and has accompanied the last two expeditions (1999 and 2000).

Patti Hodgetts - volunteer with Delaware Bay shorebird Project in 1999 and 2001. Patti is a Research Associate with NJ Audubon. She has been surveying and trapping songbirds, raptors, shorebird, and owls for various research projects since 1997. Patti has been trapping birds for 20 years in places like Grand Canyon, AZ, Cape May, NJ, and Texas.

Sam Orr - volunteer with the Delaware Bay Shorebird Project in 1999 and 2001. Sam is the chief "twinkler" and cannon armorer for the crew. Sam runs field operations for the Cape May Raptor Banding Project which has four stations. Sam has been banding birds since the 1950's. Sam hails from Pennsylvania and has lived in New Jersey since his retirement in 1997.