Ted Black has birded in Michigan for over 60 years. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois and was a Wildlife Biologist and Environmental Specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for many years. As the key pesticide advisor to the department director, Ted was instrumental in Michigan becoming the first state to ban the use of DDT and other hard pesticides. He has led over 30 birding and nature tours worldwide, including to North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. Ted is senior author of Bird Finding Guide to Michigan and Michigan Nature Centers and Other Environmental Education Facilities. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Audubon Society, and he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory for over 10 years.
GREGORY KENNEDY has been an active naturalist since he was very young. He is the author of many books on natural history, and has also produced film and television shows on environmental issues and indigenous concerns in Southeast Asia, New Guinea, South and Central America, the High Arctic and elsewhere.