Some of our 2018 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

Jim Chiropolos lives in the Orinda Hills with his wife Ann and two cats. The yard has a view of Mt. Diablo and every day, we enjoy the sunrise, birds and changing seasons from the yard during the daily cat walks.

Blake Edgar is a writer and editor for UC Berkeley and an avid birder. His writing has appeared in Scientific AmericanArchaeologyBay Nature, and other publications.

Harry Fuller was a long-time Golden Gate Audubon Society member and San Francisco resident.  Now living in Oregon, he leads trips there for GGAS.  He is also author of Great Gray Owls of California, Oregon and Washington as well as Freeway Birding, I-5 San Francisco to Seattle.  His new book on San Francisco’s natural history is available at Green Apple Books in San Francisco, as a book or e-book from Amazon, or signed copies directly from the author: Harry’s web site,, has information on birding Northern California and Oregon as well as his other books.

Philip Gerrie is a long time volunteer with Golden Gate Audubon. He recently served as secretary on the SF Animal Control and Welfare Commission for six years while also attending GGAS Conservation Committee meetings. He is a mediator and trainer with Community Boards in SF. He volunteered with PRBO for several years banding birds caught in mist nests in Palomarin.

Miya Lucas, an avid birder and photographer, completed the year-long Master Birding Class co-sponsored by Golden Gate Audubon Society and California Academy of Sciences.

Melani King lives in Pt. Richmond with her husband David and three dogs. She looks forward to weekends when she can go birding, always with her video camera, in the event that she can record some interesting bird behavior.

Kathy Kramer, a Golden Gate Audubon Society member, is founder of the Bringing Back the Natives garden tour.

Eric Schroeder  worked at UC Davis where he had a thirty-year career as a lecturer and administrator. He taught for several departments—including the University Writing Program, the English Department, and the American Studies Program—and spent his last decade at UCD as the Director of Study Abroad for which he still leads summer programs in Australia, South Africa, and Scotland. His local volunteer work includes serving as president of the Tilden Wildcat Horseman’s Association for seven years and being a member of the East Bay Regional Park District’s Volunteer Mounted Patrol. He recently completed the Master Birder Program sponsored by GGAS and the Academy of Science.