Top, left to right: Danny Raleigh, Justin Hite, Tyler Winter, Alisa Muniz,
and Mandy Peterson
Middle, left to right: Sarah Dobney, Danya Weber, Liz Abraham, Christina Pisani
Bottom, left to right: Lisa "Cali" Crampton, Katie Temple, Marcus Collado
Hailing from the coniferous salt-sprayed paradise of coastal Maine, Marcus graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Wildlife Ecology and has been traveling the country as a biologist nomad. He has worked with a wide variety of taxa, including common loons, gila monsters, rattlesnakes, trout, spotted owls, songbirds of the east and west, flat-tailed horned lizards, desert tortoise, and diatoms. For years he set up a semi-permanent residence in southern California and worked as a golden eagle biologist, climbing cliffs and hanging under helicopters to capture and track golden eagles all over the western US. Recently he worked on San Clemente Island as permanent staff with the Predator Research and Management Program, helping the adorable island fox with population demography studies and veterinary services and acting as support for the shrike and sparrow programs by helping to eradicate introduced predators to the island. He enjoys espresso, surfing, croquet, and magnets.
Sarah's passion for birds began at the young age of 14 when she was introduced to the wonders of the Long Point Bird Observatory. Here Sarah dedicated many years as a bird bander, and later as a field technician at Bird Studies Canada studying breeding forest birds at risk in Southwestern Ontario. Since completing her BSc in Zoology, at the University of Guelph in 2015, she has traveled far and wide to participate in various projects studying breeding bird ecology, including a journey to Australia to study the beautiful red-winged fairy-wrens. This has all led to finally landing in Kaua'i and living the dream by working and falling in love with the incredible endangered forest birds!
Alisa discovered her love of nature and birds while attending Humboldt State University, where she received her B.S. in Wildlife. She is particularly interested in avian breeding ecology and has enjoyed working with nesting black-throated blue warblers in New Hampshire, Bell’s sparrows on San Clemente Island, gray catbirds in Montana, white-crowned sparrows in Oregon, and shrubland birds in Illinois. Her travels have also led her through coastal Texas, Montana, and northern California while banding migrating songbirds; and Ecuador where she radio-tracked shining sunbeam hummingbirds. She is very excited to be working with the native forest birds on Kaua’i, especially the ‘akikiki.
Katie Temple grew up in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. While she has always appreciated nature and wildlife, it wasn’t until her sophomore year at The Evergreen State College that she discovered her passion for birds. Since that discovery, she has been working on projects across the West in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Mexico, and now Kaua’i. Each experience has deepened her love and appreciation of birds. When not in the field, she spends her time looking for good tacos and cute animals to ogle. Katie is excited to get the chance to work with the native forest birds of the island and find as many nests as she can!
Two truths and a lie: This is Danya’s second season with KFBRP, she hails from San Francisco, she was born a dog. All truths: Danya went to the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studied ecology and hung out with elephant seals. After graduating, she moved to Hawai’i to work on Kaua’i and O’ahu, and ended up falling madly in love with the native forest. She’s now working on a documentary based on fieldwork. Her interests include artwork and baby goats. Malama ‘aina; ho’omalu nahele!