Workshop Leader Bios

Carol has enjoyed living and working in Santa Cruz County since 1980. She has an award-winning graphic design business, Carol Bennett Design, and teaches watercolor painting in local elementary schools as an Arts Council of Santa Cruz County Spectra artist. Carol also teaches through Watsonville Wetlands Watch, where she painted a wall mural and helped to create the “Web of Life in the Wetlands” diorama.
Jeff has taken up photography full-time ass an avid amateur and has been taking photos for more than 40 years, first with film and now digitally. He has been a serious birder since 2005 and is a big supporter of eBird. He feels that capturing birds in action is where nature becomes art.
Chris Hartzell is an avid birder, photographer, and artist. He and his wife, Ame, offer wildlife photography tours, teach photography, produce informational movies, and work toward global environmental conservation. In his other life, Chris is a fire captain with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Carmel Hill Fire Station.
David has been an avid birder since the early 90s. He has a Master’s degree in Applied Ecology, with a focus on avian diversity as it relates to riparian functionality. He has worked in Yosemite National Park as a biologist, and he’s served as a natural history guide for many outfits. Most recently, David has presented his sparrow ID workshop at the Mono Lake Chautauqua.
Master photographer and photographic craftsman Seraphina Landgrebe holds a Master of Arts degree in photography from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California. She is an internationally acclaimed photographer, portrait artist, and educator who has taught photography worldwide. She was awarded “Photographer of the Year” for nine consecutive years by the Professional Photographers of the Monterey Bay area. She has studied with Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and Bret Weston. Her work has been accepted into the permanent collection at the International Photography Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, the Professional Photographers of America’s ASP traveling loan collection, the PPA loan collection at Disney World’s Epcot Center, and the Photokina Photography Show of Shows in Cologne, Germany. She has also been honored with three Fuji Masterpiece Awards.
Magdalena Montagne has extensive experience leading poetry writing workshops in Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and Monterey Counties, helping hundreds of people find their inner muse. She has taught with California Poets in the Schools and is currently serving as the editorial assistant for this year’s statewide anthology of student poems. She also is the County Coordinator for Poetry Out loud, a nationwide high school poetry recitation contest. She teaches writing and editing classes at the Catamaran Center for the Literary Arts at the Tannery in Santa Cruz. Additionally, she brings poetry writing workshops to seniors in assisted living facilities through her Wisdom Verse curriculum. She leads Poetry in the Workplace teambuilding activities. Her poems have been published in literary journals, including the Porter Gulch Review. Visit her website at for more information.
Roy Poucher has been a Sea and Sage Audubon Society (Orange Co.) trip leader and field trip assistant in their introductory birding classes, including aural birding, for 24 years. He has led trips to Yosemite, the Eastern Sierra, Arizona, Texas, North Dakota (sparrows), the Great Lakes (warblers), and the eastern seaboard (shorebirds). Roy is also an international tour leader; with his company, Bird Odyssey Tours, he has led trips to Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Kenya, Thailand, and Cambodia. His passion is bird vocalization, and he has personally mentored aural birding with Dick Walton (author of the Peterson bird vocalization audio series), Luis Baptista (late of the California Academy of Sciences), Tom Hahn (UC Davis) and Sylvia Gallagher (renowned Southern California educator).
Marilyn Rose, who has been in the optics business for 25 years and owns Out of This World and in Mendocino, will demystify birding optics and answer your questions. Her website is
Lisa has combined two long-time passions--conservation and photography--to create a strong voice for bird and habitat preservation. As Conservation Officer for the Santa Cruz Bird Club, she has used her remarkable photos to do what she loves best--tell a compelling story. She finds special joy in discovering totally unexpected magic through her lens and creating a seamless blend of birds, landscapes and photo collages. Lisa's photos are on special display at the Santa Cruz Visitor Bureau and at UCSC's Arboretum. She's also had juried exhibits in both Santa Cruz and Pacific Grove. She's participated in Open Studio tours, most recently in 2014 and 2015, and is a regular participant in First Friday Exhibits in Santa Cruz City.
Scott began birding in hometown Pacifica, CA, after receiving a little blue Golden Guide from his kindergarten teacher. At the age of 9, he met famed birder Gil West on a Sequoia Audubon field trip, and thus began a birder-mentor-friendship that would continue until Gil passed away in 1994. Scott went on to receive his MS in biology from CSU Long Beach, studying the breeding biology of introduced orange bishops and nutmeg mannikins in southern CA. He is interested in finding creative ways to minimize carbon footprint of the birding subculture – see Scott currently teaches high school AP Biology & Environmental Science at The King’s Academy in Sunnyvale.    
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