Many of us use or are familiar with field guides, but have you ever wondered how a field guide is made? This “talk story” presentation highlights how a field guide is created. Authors Helen and André and photographer Jack come together to share the process of creating their recently-published Field Guide to the Birds of Hawai‘i.
Presentation length: 40 minutes
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About the Presenters
Helen Raine, Author
Helen Raine is a writer and conservationist living in Kaua’i. Her passion for birds has taken her around the world, undertaking fieldwork in England, Malta, Peru, Zambia and Hawai’i. As a freelance journalist she focuses on the environment and travel, and is the author of several wildlife guide books. She is also a Conservation Specialist for Pacific Birds Habitat Joint Venture.
Dr. André Raine, Author
Dr. Raine is the Project Manager for an endangered seabird project on the island of Kauai, where he has worked since 2011. There he focuses on the conservation of three seabird species, as well as assisting similar projects on Lanai and Hawaii Island. Oeriginally from Bermuda, he has led conservation projects around the World including the Peruvian Amazon, the plains of Zambia and the moorlands of England. He also spent four years tackling the issue of illegal hunting in the Maltese islands. Author of numerous scientific publications, he has also written several bird guides including the Photographic Guide to the Birds of Malta and a Field Guide to the Birds of Bermuda. When not scanning the horizons for seabirds he likes to spend his time under the waves scuba diving.
Jack Jeffrey, Photographer
Jack started his Pacific journey when he moved to Guam in the mid 1960’s from the East Coast where he was born. He went to Hawaii on a two week vacation over 45 years ago and never looked back. Over that time he has been involved with research, management, and conservation of Hawaii’s critically endangered forest birds and their habitats. He worked as a biologist for US Fish and Wildlife Service conducting the Hawaii Forest Bird Survey in the late 70’s and early 80’s and later was fortunate enough the become the first Wildlife Biologist at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, a job he held for 18 years. After retirement he started a birding and photography tour company “Hawaii Birds LLC” and currently leads photography and birding tours and workshops in Hawaii, as well as other areas of the world. Jack started photographing birds in the early 1970s’and continues to use his photo artistry combining a naturalist’s curiosity with photographer’s patience and technical skill to produce beautiful images of many bird species throughout the world. Jack is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Ansel Adams’ Award for Conservation Photography, the Distinguished Service Award in Conservation from the Hawaii Conservation Alliance, Conservationist of the Year from both the Hawaii Audubon Society and The Sierra Club, and the 2007 Kako’o Aina Award from the The Nature Conservancy. His work can be seen in many publications, magazines, books, galleries, and online.