BRIANNEBrianne has had a passion for the environment since she was a little keiki living on Kauai.  Her earliest memories are of walking along the sandy beaches of Poipu with her dad, greeting all the honu and monk seals, and picking up any trash they saw along the way.  Brianne’s family relocated to Reno, Nevada, where she learned to appreciate the beauty of the high desert and alpine lakes. Every year they’d venture back to Kauai to visit family, and she always knew someday she’d move back to the tropics.  After graduating from University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in nutrition, she spent the summer in Mammoth Lakes, California, researching high elevation plants’ interactions with birds and their resistance to climate change. (And enjoying all the hikes and hot springs in the area!)  Finally ready to venture back to Hawaii, she first chose Kauai as her new home but soon realized living in sleepy, rural Kauai didn’t exactly suit her needs. So, she moved to Honolulu, Oahu, the largest metropolitan area in the Pacific! Now she feels right at home exploring all the natural beauty of the island while having the luxury of living in a city.  Her favorite things are hiking, going to the beach, playing ukulele, and petting the neighborhood cats.

KEN

Ken grew up in Texas and was an avid suburban outdoorsman (climbing trees, looking for arrowheads, collecting mosquito bites). He attended the University of South Carolina on a soccer scholarship and graduated with degrees in English and teaching. Done with hot weather he moved to the mountains of Colorado and then, done with cold weather, joined the US Army at the tender age of 34, and can still do a couple of push-ups. He cherishes being outside, loves listening to vinyl records on his phonograph, welcomes polysyllabic answers to monolithic problems and had always wanted to live in Hawaii because if it was good enough for the Brady Bunch (and Alice) then it’s good enough for him…. Truly paradise…

LEVENT

Levent spent his childhood growing up in Southeast Asia, exploring volcanoes, exotic islands, and lush tropical rainforests. This led to him to develop a deep love for nature at an early age. In school his favorite subjects were biology and geography, as he loved learning about animals, the environment, and how the earth worked. After finishing high school, Levent decided to make the move to the United States for college, where his love of the natural world led him to pursue a degree in geology at the University of Miami in Florida. Upon receiving his Bachelor’s, he went on to complete a Master of Science degree in geology at The Ohio State University, where he focused on submarine landslides and salt tectonics. After having to endure two brutally cold winters in Ohio, Levent felt the time was right to move back to the tropics, and Hawaii seemed like the right place. Hawaii was always a place he held close to his heart as his godmother is from Oahu, which meant he often spent summers visiting the islands as a child. First, Levent settled on Hawaii Island where he led volcano tours, giving people an up-close and personal experience with lava and Madam Pele. Eventually though, he wanted yet another change in scenery and made the short jump over to Oahu. Here, Levent enjoys guiding tours and sharing the beautiful nature that the island has to offer with guests from all over the world. When he is not showing people the islands spectacular sites, he likes to spend his time on the ocean trying to befriend humpback whales, monk seals and sea turtles.

MONIQUE

Monique is a New Hampshire native and avid volunteer with a recent undergraduate degree in wildlife and conservation biology. Over the past ten years she has been involved with projects in trail building, biological survey, invasive species removal, outdoor education, conservation advocacy, and natural history collection management. Primeval forests from Maine to California are where she feels most at home -But the tropical rainforests of the Hawaiian islands are the best “office” she’s ever had, putting identification and interpretation skills to work with visitors from around the world. When she’s out of uniform, Monique loves hiking, traveling, writing, wine tasting, and exploring windward Oahu’s breathtaking shoreline.
NICK

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Nicholas brings a combination of approximately 19 years of bird study and scientific field experience that makes him a uniquely effective birder. These experiences include six years of captive aviculture with dozens of wild-caught species, many of which are now naturalized in the wild. Captive propagation of endangered Guam Rail, Micronesian Kingfisher, and Bali Mynah with an AZA Propagation facility. Scientific field studies of the listed Snowy Plover in Santa Barbara County resulting in the species’ reproduction. Thousands of hours of bird observation for Hawaiian wind farm planning. Hundreds of hours mist-netting and banding Hawaiian forest birds. State of Hawaii grant winner to develop and implement radio collars for the first time on parrots. Completed a one year long self-designed movement ecology dissertation research project on the Red-masked parakeet. Wrote the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Neotropical Birds, Red-masked Parakeet species account and several other peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and technical reports. Has birded areas of the continental USA, Hawaii, Greece and Brazil. Nick originally mentored under the late Robert Pyle (RLP) at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, created bird study skins under the mentorship of Dr. D. Willard at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and worked in close communication with Dr. J. Bradbury (Cornell) and Dr. L. Freed (Hawaii). He is regularly sought out for his skill at detecting birds by sound/calls on Hawaii Audubon Society Christmas bird counts. Nick has spent the time and effort to complete University degrees in Zoology (BS) Environmental Science and Management (MESM), Botany (MS) and Aviation (Private+Remote Pilot) but always knows there is still much more to learn. Nick will do his very best to detect and identify every species of interest while holding birder safety and comfort as a priority.
SKY
Sky began his life “on the road” with parents of the Sixties generation. He was born in the small Canadian/Indian village of Bella Coola, British Columbia and his early travels took him throughout the Western United States in the family’s camper. The Chamberlains spent two years living in a teepee on an Indian reservation in Arizona before continuing on to Mexico. When at last the limits of age required that Michael attend school, the family settled down in Grand Haven, Michigan. While growing up in Michigan, Sky developed the habit of exploring every possible nook and cranny of the State. As he got older he expanded his interests to the Central and Eastern United States. His hobbies included hiking, camping, mountain biking, kayaking, and photography. After graduating from high school, Sky put on a backpack and hitch hiked from Michigan to California. When no “car” could go further he bought a one-way ticket to Kauai, Hawaii. He lived on Kauai for six months assisting in the recovery effort of Hurricane Iniki victims, a devastating storm that had struck the island on September 11 1992. Ideally, he would like to help create a documentary film emphasizing the serious condition of these plants and animals. He continues to be fascinated by each new species he discovers and he is equally enthusiastic about sharing this knowledge with others!

STEVE

Steve is a native of the sleet, snow, and dreary gray clouds of Syracuse, NY. Bored and discouraged by the monotony of lectures, tests, deadlines and more lectures, he took a semester off from school and booked a flight to Costa Rica.  There, he became involved in several biological field research projects.  He conducted bird population surveys in the heart of the Costa Rican Monteverde Cloud Forest and worked with shark conservationists to reduce hammerhead bycatch rural fishing communities. Steve is a firm believer in experiential learning and lives by the company’s motto “Conservation through Education”. His hopes are set high for a career in academia.  As a professor he hopes to develop biological field research courses that break students out of the lecture hall. Until then, Steve will be enjoying his three passions on Oahu: birds, beaches and beer.  If you share any of these interests, you’ll get along well with Steve.