Below is more information about each Board member.
Hello, I am Lisa Bierer-Garrett, a local Naturalist and nature
writer. I recently joined the PGAS Board to serve on local conservation
issues and help with Outreach. I have been a long time Audubon member.
I have been a birder since I was a teenager growing up outside of
Pittsburgh PA, when I first learned that there were other types of
ducks besides Mallards! I was hooked seeing wood ducks and proceeded to
photograph and explore the world of birds.
As a Park Naturalist, I have worked at many local parks and nature
centers and have become a familiar face from my many wildlife programs
at local schools and libraries. I loved working with DNR's Scales
& Tales programming with birds of prey, teaching folks about hawks,
owls and falcons. I have handled raptors for about 20 years as a
naturalist as well as snakes, turtles and a variety of interesting
wildlife critters. In early 2016, I earned my certification as a
Maryland Master Naturalist with American Chestnut Land Trust as my
sponsor site in Calvert County.
I currently work at Patuxent River Park in Upper Marlboro, MD where I
often take visitors out on our the Patuxent River pontoon boat to learn
about our Osprey Research and Wild Rice restoration projects. I am an
active butterfly and monarch researcher participating in Monarch
tagging, Annual Butterfly counts, as well as Bird counts and Project
When I am not working, I contribute a column called In The Wild to the
local paper, Chesapeake Current. I am very active with the DC
Environmental Film Fest in the Nation’s Capital, screening potential
films and coordinating a slate of films annually for the Patuxent
National Wildlife Visitor Center each March.
I live in North Beach, MD down in Calvert County to be near the Bay. My
husband is a MNCPPC Park Ranger and a talented musician. We have a
menagerie of rescue pets including a Cockatoo, Chinchilla, and a newly
adopted Chihuahua. We love to travel and have been to many US,
Canadian and overseas adventures such as Iceland, Scottish Highlands,
UK, and Costa Rica. Locally I like to bird with members of PGAS and as
well as Anne Arundel Bird Club (MOS).
I’ve always been curious about the natural world. My parents
nurtured it. Born in Springfield, MA, I remember burying dead
birds fallen on our lawn. As an adult, I made the tie to the DDT
the city sprayed on our elm trees. Our house in West Springfield
was filled with fruit trees, shrubs, a garden, blueberry bushes – which
drew birds. My first “field guide” was a book of Audubon’s bird
paintings. If a painting wasn’t in it, we didn’t ID the
bird. I grew up catching lightning bugs, mucking about in creeks,
collecting tadpoles at the local pond.
After college, a call-in
radio show about birds was a regular listening date in Baltimore.
The first thing hung at our Bowie house was a bird feeder. In
1972, I met Carol Beyna at a program of the new Prince George’s Audubon
Society, enjoying field trips led by Luther Goldman. When our
sons were in kindergarten, we were birding. We monitored 2
bluebird nest box trails, traded officer spots, coordinated
programs/publicity, arranged an ornithology course with Don
Messersmith, and walked RR tracks for the Bowie CBC. As The
Roving Reporter, I wrote newsletter articles. Even then, I
couldn’t write short!
My 18-year career with
the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission started at
Watkins Nature Center, ending within the Division of Natural and
Historical Resources at Billingsley. I was asked if PGAS would
help them clean up an illegal dump site. That partnership
continues to this day, leading bird walks at what became the Fran Uhler
Natural Area in 1987, as well as at other parks, and co-sponsoring our
birding festival at Lake Artemesia. An informal Luther Committee
worked with M-NCPPC to help create the Luther Goldman Birding Trail at
the lake. As Past-President, I worked with PGAS members planting
a Monarch waystation there, and am proud of the butterfly bench
dedicated to Luther overlooking it. Fledging seven Carolina
Chickadees our first summer in the Smithsonian’s Nest Watch program was
a treat. This February, another was a tour of the Smithsonian’s
renowned bird collection I organized.
I continue to grow as
newsletter editor, publicity coordinator, birder, and person.
Have binoculars, will travel - yet I never tire of backyard birds.
Today, dozens of field guides line the shelves, I refilled five
feeders, refreshed the bird bath, and watched a female Downy on my
finch seed feeder. It’s hard to get projects done when birds
I am a retired lawyer and a recent transplant (2014) to Prince Georges
County. During my early years in practice as a Federal Prosecutor
for the Western District of New York I enforced the Migratory Bird
Treaty Act with both corporate and individual prosecutions.
I have been a bird watcher for over 50 years, primarily in the United
States, and maintain life, state, and country lists as well as a yearly
list. I have been an active participant in Christmas counts and
other bird censuses for over 25 years. My first instructor was
Donald Messersmith. Harold Axtel, Robert Anderle, Richard
Brownstein and William Vaugh also contributed to my education. In
the early 90s I taught an adult education ornithology class at the
Buffalo Museum of Science and also led overnight field trips along both
the north and south shores of Lake Erie.
I have been a member of the Buffalo Ornithological Society and the
Audubon Society for over 40 years. The Buffalo Ornithological
Society elected me to its board and also appointed me to several of its
committees. I rejoined the Audubon Society after relocating to
Maryland. During my tenure as president I hope to induce more of
our members to participate in chapter activities and to assure our
chapter supports the objectives of the National Audubon Society in
continuing the enforcement of the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory
Bird Treaty Act, and government regulations protecting the environment.
I started birding after college, when I began to travel. I love ALL animal watching, but birds are the easiest to find.
I am an
entomologist & have worked for the Md Dept of Agriculture for 35
years. I also work on weekends at a historic mansion in Bowie
(Bel Air), and play guitar in a colonial music group.
volunteered since 1979 at various places: Smithsonian Insect Zoo,
National Zoo (Reptile House mostly), Watkins Park, Patuxent Research
Refuge and Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) – doing interpretation and
leading nature/bird walks. I became a certified Master Naturalist
this year, after taking classes at ANS last fall
native of Cuba, my life-long passion for nature, wildlife, birds, and
bird migration started during early childhood while playing outdoors in
tropical Cuba, then later exploring Patagonia when my family moved to
Argentina. Having lived in five countries and travelled to many places
around the world, I certainly can relate to migratory birds.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from the
University of Cuyo, Argentina, and earned a Master’s degree in
Agriculture Sciences from the University of Costa Rica. I worked for
agriculture research institutions in Panama and Costa Rica.
In 1989, I migrated to the United States. During my career, I worked
five years for the Florida Department of Agriculture’s quarantine
programs. Since 1996, I have been working with USDA-Animal Plant Health
Inspection Service (APHIS) on plant health regulatory issues related to
international trade, and I have been involved in domestic programs for
the eradication of invasive species. I have comprehensive knowledge of
agriculture quarantine program operations, principles, pertinent
regulations, policies and procedures. This includes an in-depth
understanding of plant health programs, their organizational structures
and interrelationships. As a subject matter expert, I have been asked
to represent APHIS at national conferences, meetings with a diversity
of stakeholders, and to participate at bilateral meetings with foreign
National Plant Protection Organizations.
Since I became a homeowner, I have enjoyed bird feeders in the
backyard. I currently lives in Hyattsville, MD and my home is a
National Wildlife Federation Certified Habitat for providing the four
basic elements needed for wildlife to thrive: food, water, cover and a
place to raise young. My second home is located in Pompano Beach, FL
where I enjoy watching marine birds during long walks on the beach. I
have been a Prince Georges Audubon Society member for several years.
I grew up with a love for nature that was instilled in me by my family
and my years in Girl Scouts. But it wasn’t until after college that I
began to realize that it was something that needed to be a big part of
my life. I started volunteering at Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary not long
after college and quickly found myself involved in anything they’d let
me do – water quality testing, reptile and amphibian surveys, assisting
with the bird banding (even calling in ‘sick’ a few times when the need
to be outside got overwhelming), fish surveys, leading canoe trips.
A lifelong learner, I have taken
several classes in the Audubon Naturalist Society’s Natural History
Field Studies certificate program. In 2013 I became a certified
Maryland Master Naturalist and have maintained certification with
volunteer hours and continuing education.
I love to travel, and most of my
trips tend to have some natural history slant to them – favorites
include my many trips to the Everglades, a trip to Costa Rica to help
with a hummingbird banding project, traveling to Michoacan, Mexico to
see the monarchs in their wintering grounds, and a Jamaican adventure
that could have gone badly so many times but never quite did!
Nature has always provided me with pleasure and enjoyment. Birds have
been my first love as a hobby since childhood. Growing up in
Washington, D.C., I had the opportunity to go hiking every weekend as a
child in Fort DuPont Park or Rock Creek Park. Armored with my
Golden field guide to birds gave me a head start. Travels to Europe and
Africa allowed me to see many more new bird species. My most enjoyable
trip was to Kenya in east Africa. While there, I also visited Amboseli
National Park. That visit gave me my best birding experience. My next
stop was to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and, from that point on, I
have made birding my priority. I got involved with conservation
efforts when I noticed that many birds in the Washington metro area
that were once abundant have declined. Today, I am a board member of
the Prince George’s Audubon Society. I also volunteer at the
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History under Chris Milensky, Collections
Manager of their bird research collections. On a PGAS tour, we
learned that after 35 years of data entry of over 600,000 specimens
collected over the last 200 years, they were down to the last 90,000
records. He said they could really use some help from local
birding enthusiasts to get those entered in the next 5 years – and I
have been helping ever since.
was born in Queens, New York and grew up there and in Nassau County on
Long Island. I attended Cornell University, majoring in
biology. Though I studied the neurobiology of bird
song and migration, I was not at the time a birder, and I was
unfortunately completely unaware of the Cornell Laboratory of
Ornithology in nearby Sapsucker Woods.
I moved to Maryland in 1990 to enter the first class of the graduate
program in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology, where my
Ecology professor was none other than Doug Gill, who turned me into a
birder through class field trips to Cape May and Blackwater NWR.
I received my Master of Science Degree in 1992, and after working on
the UM College Park campus for several years, returned to grad school
to earn a Master of Public Policy degree focused on environmental
My work history includes the Center for a Sustainable Economy,
Defenders of Wildlife, Marine Conservation Biology Institute, and the
Department of Commerce (NOAA Fisheries). Since 2007 I have worked
for the Environmental Law Institute.
As a birder, I own a modest life list of 252 species and that's the
only list I keep, with a note on where and when I first saw each.
I'm completely uninterested in any other type of list because birds
recognize no barriers between counties and states and countries, and
I'm far more interested in seeing a bird in it's typical habitat than
as a storm-tossed rarity way too much gasoline is burned by birders
rushing to see. I have been a member of PGAS for nearly 15 years
and on the Board for all but a year of that time, having served as
President and now Vice President for a second term. I created
this website and have been the sole webmaster for over a decade.
Since the last election I have also been the Conservation Committee
chair, focusing on national issues.
I live in Hyattsville with my dog Darwin. As you can see from the
photo, I am also a huge NY Mets fan (spring brings the return of both
birds and baseball). At night games, though, I look for
am the current Treasurer of PGAS. When not looking at and thinking
about birds, I work as the founder and principal illustrator of Studio
Kayama Medical & Scientific Illustration Services.
Birds have always fascinated me, but I'm pretty new to birding. Since
no one in my family is a naturalist, I had the pleasure of discovering
the world of birding and natural history on my own. It has been
wonderful meeting and getting to know the PG Audubon members who are
all so generous with their knowledge of birds. My interest in birds has
lead me to be involved in citizen science and environmental research.
One example is the Lights Out DC program where I go monitor DC
neighborhoods early in the morning to find any birds that struck the
building during migration season. Another is migratory bird research
and bird banding. As a scientific illustrator, my job is to make
science and nature more accessible and relevant to everyone. I look
forward to combining my love of birds, scientific research, and
accurate illustrations to introduce the importance of our environment.
When not birding, I work with surgeons and researchers to create
educational illustrations on neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery
procedures. I was recently invited to NASA Goddard to illustrate their
newest space telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope. My work has
appeared internationally in juried shows, exhibits, textbooks,
scientific journals, presentations, and websites. I also love giving
talks and workshops on art, science, and scientific communication.
I look forward to meeting you in person at our monthly meetings or the
bi-weekly bird walks at Lake Artemesia! You'll probably see me with my
sketchbook. Until then, visit http://studiokayama.com for a virtual
bio coming soon
I have been watching birds most of my adult life. When I moved to
Beltsville, Maryland, in 1985, I was awakened the first morning by the
wonderful sounds of birds. It still makes me laugh to think about
it. I started buying more birding books, putting out food and
water, and observing all the usual yard birds. When I retired in
2008, I spent many hours walking my dog, Meghan, at Lake
Artemesia. I took my
binoculars along in case I saw something interesting. There was a
lot to look at. It was on one of my walks that I met the late
Helen Meleney, a fellow birder, who introduced me to the Prince
George’s County Audubon chapter. I admit I am really hooked on
birding now and love spending time with anyone interested in birding.
Come join us.