Sheryl De Vore is an award-winning environmental journalist and editor. She works as an editor for Pioneer Press Newspapers, where she has been honored as Journalist of the Year and Best Feature Writer.
De Vore also is department editor of the American Birding Association's Birding magazine and is an assistant editor for Chicago Wilderness magazine. De Vore has served as the founding and Chief Editor of Meadowlark, A Journal of Illinois Birds, a quarterly magazine published by the Illinois Ornithological Society. Her writing has been published by the National Audubon Society, Birder's World, Native Plants magazine, Illinois Steward, Illinois Audubon Society and other environment-related publications. De Vore recently received the Chicago Audubon Society's Environmental Writer of the Year award. Apart from her writing and editorial career, DeVore has consulted on breeding bird surveys for organizations such as the Lake County Forest Preserves. She has taught journalism classes at Northwestern University, as well as many nature and bird classes. De Vore also is has participated in panel presentations and workshops for such organizations as The Nature Conservancy, the Midwest Birding Symposium and the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Steven D. Bailey is an ornithologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey. At the Survey, he works with the Critical Trends Assessment Program, a longterm project documenting breeding bird and plant communities in randomly selected forests, prairies and wetlands throughout Illinois. In his job, Bailey uses his keen ear to identify birds by their songs and calls, as well as his vast knowledge of the natural history of the birds of Illinois. With more than 30 years in the field, Bailey is considered one of the top experts on the breeding birds of Illinois.
Bailey continues to serve as an Associate Editor and Technical Advisor for Meadowlark: A Journal of Illinois Birds, the publication of the Illinois Ornithological Society. He also regularly contributes articles on Illinois' birds to the journal. Bailey has also written for such publications as Birding, Illinois Steward, Illinois Audubon and other state ornithological journals, and regularly gives talks to various groups on Illinois' avifauna.
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.