DR. JOHN PARRISH is an avid birder and photographer, rarely seen in the field without his binoculars and camera with telephoto lense. He has a Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in biology. Dr. Parrish co-authored the Annotated Checklist of Georgia Birds, has published numerous scientific articles and has been active in the USGS Breeding Bird Survey program and assisted with the Georgia Breeding Bird Atlas project. He was a member of the editorial board of The Oriole, the quarterly journal of the Georgia Ornithological Society, for eight years, and has served as co-editor for the past six.
GIFF BEATON has been observing and photographing nature for almost 30 years, the last 15 in Georgia. He is the senior author of the Annotated Checklist of Georgia Birds and Birding Georgia and Birds of Kennesaw Mountain. He has been leading bird tours in Georgia and across North America for about 10 years and has been on the state Bird Record Committees for both Georgia and South Carolina. He and his wife Becky live in Marietta, Georgia, not far from the great migrant location Kennesaw Mountain.
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.