Spring Field Ornithology is taught by Steve Kress, Vice President of Bird Conservation for the National Audubon Society, as well as guest lecturers from the Lab of Ornithology and a dozen highly-experienced field trip leaders. Marc Devokaitis is the Course Coordinator and Sandy Podulka is the field trip organizer.
Many Lab staff devote guidance, support, and time to Spring Field Ornithology Class. Cornell staff members that have or currently contribute to the course include renowned educator Dr. Kevin McGowan, Vanya Rohwer, Curator of Ornithology & Mammalogy at the Cornell Vertebrate Collections; ; Dr. Ken Rosenberg, Director of Conservation Science; Chris Wood, Project Leader of eBird; and Dr. David Winkler, Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Cornell. Dr. John Fitzpatrick, Director of the Lab of Ornithology.
Stephen W. Kress is
Vice President for Bird
Conservation for the
National Audubon Society and Director of the Society's Maine Coast Seabird
Sanctuaries. He is a Visiting
Fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He is also the
many popular birding
books, including The Audubon
Guide to Attracting Birds, The National Audubon Society's Birder's
Handbook, The Bird Garden, Project Puffin: How We Brought Puffins Back
to Egg Rock, Saving Birds, Golden Guide to Bird Life, and
Marc is in charge of day-to-day course operations including registrations, publicity, organizing and updating materials for lectures and field trips, planning the overnight field trips, and developing web content.
As the Public Information Specialist for the Cornell lab, Marc also
responds to approximately 20,000 bird-related inquires annually, and
manages the Adelson Library.
Sandy coordinates the field trips
sections of the course. She chooses field trip leaders and organizes
leaders and participants into groups. She received a B.S. in Wildlife
Biology from Cornell University and an M.S. in Zoology (Animal
Behavior) from the University of Maryland, where she studied the
function of song repertoires in Song Sparrows. Sandy is also one of the
editors of the Lab's Home Study Course in
Bird Biology, 2nd