The following are ongoing contributors to Golden Gate Birder:

Ilana DeBare is Communications Director at Golden Gate Audubon. A former business reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle and a co-founder of the Julia Morgan School for Girls, she is the author of Where Girls Come First: The Rise, Fall and Surprising Revival of Girls’ Schools. She writes a personal blog at

Anthony DeCicco is Education Director at Golden Gate Audubon. He has an extensive background in bilingual instruction and in teaching children and adults in underserved communities about the environment and conservation. Previously Anthony directed a program at KIDS for the BAY that introduced urban youth to the local watershed and strategies for combating pollution, and helped develop curricula fostering environmental stewardship.

Jack Dumbacher is a GGAS board member and Chair of the Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy at California Academy of Sciences. A frequent presenter at the American Ornithologists’ Union and other conferences, Jack is an author of more than two dozen scholarly articles on birds. He has organized and co-led ornithological collecting trips to Papua New Guinea, the Gaoligonshan Mountains of China, Baviaanskloof region of South Africa, Namibia, and various locations in North America.

Bob Lewis is a GGAS board member, a birding instructor and field trip leader for about 20 years, and an award-winning bird photographer.  Bob has been a birder for a long time, and travels the world to see rare and wonderful feathered creatures.  Photographing them adds to the excitement.  Bob’s bird photographs can be seen at and his website, which lists classes and some local birding information, is

Mike Lynes is Policy Director for Audubon California, and a former Executive Director of Golden Gate Audubon.  He has studied birds and their habitats throughout California, primarily as a biologist with the Point Reyes Bird Observatory (now PRBO Conservation Science). Mike received his law degree from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, where he focused on environmental law and policy.

Cindy Margulis is Executive Director of Golden Gate Audubon. A longtime volunteer for GGAS, she  has administrative experience in both the non-profit and private sectors, where she worked as a strategic business development leader and marketing strategist.  Cindy has also served as a volunteer and wildlife educator for conservation groups including International Bird Rescue, Oakland Zoo, San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, and East Bay Regional Park District.

Marissa Ortega-Welch is Environmental Education Program Coordinator for Golden Gate Audubon. Before coming to GGAS, Marissa taught environmental education at the Olympic Park Institute in Washington state and conducted bird surveys in northwest national parks for the Institute for Bird Populations.

George Peyton practiced law for 44 years, half of those as City Attorney for Piedmont. He has served on the boards of Golden Gate Audubon, Point Blue (formerly PRBO), Audubon Canyon Ranch, and National Audubon. He played a leading role in National Audubon’s work to save Mono Lake. He has been an active birder for 66 years and seen about 6,500 bird species.

Phila Rogers is a longtime Golden Gate Audubon volunteer who now lives in Santa Barbara. A former science writer for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, she began leading monthly field trips to Jewel Lake in Tilden Park (Berkeley) after retirement. Phila became a bird watcher  at the age of ten when working for a bird badge in Girl Scouts.