Trip Leaders

Mass Audubon tour leaders are all well seasoned and qualified in their fields. We invite you to learn more about each of them.

Jon Atwood

Jon Atwood is the Director of Bird Conservation at Mass Audubon and has been a practicing ornithologist and conservation biologist for more than 30 years. Read more >

Jeff Collins

Jeff Collins is Director of Mass Audubon's Conservation Science Department. He has extensive experience traveling around the world. Read more >

Mass Audubon Tour Leader Mark Faherty

Mark has been the Science Coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary since August 2007 and has led birding trips for Mass Audubon since 2002. Read more >

Bill Gette

Bill Gette is the former Sanctuary Director at the Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport. Read more >

David Larson

David Larson is Director of Mass Audubon's Birder's Certificate Program, a college-level ornithology course, and teaches a bird ecology course for naturalist guides in Belize. Read more >

Chris Leahy

Chris was instrumental in the creation of Mass Audubon's Natural History Travel program in the 1970s. Since then, he has designed and led natural history explorations to more than 80 countries on all seven continents. Read more > 

Wayne Petersen

Wayne Petersen is Director of Mass Audubon’s Massachusetts Important Bird Areas (IBA) program and has over 35 years of experience leading tours. Read more >

Tia Pinney

Senior Naturalist Tia Pinney has worked at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary for over 20 years. Read more >

Jeff Ritterson

Jeff is a Field Ornithologist at Mass Audubon, where he focuses on working landscapes and the habitat management of forest birds. His previous work specialized in tropical ecology and the conservation of resident and migratory birds. Read more > 

Scott Santino

Scott Santino is a teacher naturalist at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield, where he has been leading nature education programs for Mass Audubon since 1998. Read more >

Kathy Seymour

Kathy Seymour is the Adult Birding Coordinator at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. She runs day trips throughout New England, and develops and leads birding tours all over the United States and Canada. Read more > 

Bob Speare

Bob Speare worked for Mass Audubon for over 23 years as a Master Naturalist, Director of Wildwood Camp, and Regional Director for the Southeast, Cape, and Islands region. Read more >

Flavio Sutti

Flavio Sutti is the manager of the Wildlife Care Department at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln. Read more >

Joan Walsh

Joan has been watching, and learning from, birds for 35 years and is Mass Audubon’s Gerard A. Bertrand Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology. Read more >