Audrey Benedict is the Founder and Director of Cloud Ridge Naturalists and Cloud Ridge Publishing. Her passion for geology and biology inspired a 45-year love affair with high mountains and the global ocean realm that has taken her from the Arctic to the Antarctic, as well as up and down the North and South American Cordillera. Audrey is the author of several books, including The Naturalist’s Guide to the Southern Rockies: Southern Wyoming, Colorado, and Northern New Mexico and Valley of the Dunes: Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, the latter a collaborative effort with photographers Wendy Shattil and the late Bob Rozinski. Her most recent book, with coauthor Joe Gaydos, is The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest, a Nautilus Gold Award-winning conservation book designed, produced and financially supported by Cloud Ridge’s publishing team and private donations. Audrey serves on the Board of Directors for the SeaDoc Society. She divides her time between her Colorado mountain home near the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area and her tiny off-grid retreat on Frost Island in Washington’s San Juan Islands.
Professional Nature Photographer, Project and Image Director for Cloud Ridge Publishing
Wendy Shattil is a rare species indeed—a full time professional nature photographer. She and her late husband and partner, Bob Rozinski, worked individually and as a team for more than 30 years until Bob’s death in 2016. They are known world-wide for their award-winning images and for the breadth of their work as environmental photographers of endangered species and at-risk ecosystems throughout North America. Fellows of the International League of Conservation Photographers, Bob and Wendy produced twelve books together, and their images have appeared in National Wildlife, Audubon, Nature Conservancy, BBC Wildlife, Nature’s Best, National Geographic, and many other publications. Wendy serves as the Project and Image Director for Cloud Ridge Publishing and brings her expertise and critical eye to everything we do. Dedicated to developing new ways of illustrating key conservation issues, Wendy is a superb teacher and generous in sharing her expertise. To see more of their joint photographic work, visit her website: www.dancingpelican.com
Dr. Geoff Hammerson
Dr. Geoff Hammerson lives in Port Townsend, Washington and recently retired after a multi- decade career as Senior Research Zoologist for NatureServe. Geoff is the lead biologist on Cloud Ridge’s naturalist team, and as helped guide our field discovery programs since the early 1980’s. He is the author of the field guide Amphibians and Reptiles in Colorado, as well as Connecticut Wildlife. This Pacific Northwest “convert” is currently at work, with co-author Audrey Benedict, on a book about the Pacific Flyway, which extends from Arctic North America to Tierra del Fuego. Geoff is an extraordinary observer of the natural world and is always adding new dimensions to his natural history expertise. He’s a popular instructor and teaches field courses in biology and ecology at Wesleyan University and other institutions.
Dr. Joe Gaydos
Wildlife Veterinarian, Chief Scientist for the SeaDoc Society
Dr. Joe Gaydos lives on Orcas Island and is a wildlife veterinarian and Chief Scientist for the SeaDoc Society, a nonprofit science-based marine conservation program of the UC Davis Veterinary Medicine/Wildlife Health Center. Joe has focused SeaDoc’s research efforts on the ecosystem-level challenges facing the Salish Sea and has worked to improve management and policy decisions regarding the stewardship of those resources. He’s coauthor, with Audrey Benedict, of The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest and is currently working on a children’s version. Joe has published extensively on marine wildlife health issues for such species as harbor seals, river otters, and killer whales. His profound passion for connecting people to the magic and vulnerability of the marine world is legendary!
Marilyn Hailbronner’s drawings—rendered in pen and ink, scratchboard technique, and color wash—grace Cloud Ridge’s brochure and website. Her work as a naturalist artist is a reflection of her love for natural history and conservation. To see Marilyn’s artwork visit: www.wildinkwell.com
Cloud Ridge Naturalists
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