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2012 Watchable Wildlife / U.S. Forest Service
Conference & Workshop
Crown Plaza Conference Center
Colorado Springs, CO
October 2, 2012

2012 Conference Speakers

Susan BonfieldSusan Bonfield has over 20 years experience in bird research and education. After studying Black-legged Kittiwakes in Alaska, she returned to the lower 48 where she has conducted bird surveys, run banding stations, and been a part of bird research in Maine, Virginia, California, and Colorado. Because of her interest in education and bird conservation, she enjoys applying her knowledge of birds to programs that involve people of all ages. She has created education programs in the U.S. and Mexico, assisted with workshops on bird monitoring and conservation in both countries, taught basic identification courses, and led Elderhostels and youth science programs. Susan earned a B.S. in Biology from Randolph-Macon Woman's College and an M.S. in Ecology Fisheries and Wildlife from University of Michigan.

Carrol HendersonCarrol Henderson, Chairman of the Board for Watchable Wildlife has been supervisor of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Nongame Wildlife Program since 1977. He has been involved in planning and restoring peregrine falcons, bald eagles, eastern bluebirds, river otters and trumpeter swans. Mr. Henderson is the author of Woodworking for Wildlife, Landscaping for Wildlife and Wild About Birds: the DNR Bird Feeding Guide. He is co-author of The Traveler’s Guide to Wildlife in Minnesota and Lakescaping for Wildlife and Water Quality. Carrol and his wife Ethelle have led over 30 birding tours to Latin America since 1987. He has recently completed the Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica, published by the University of Texas Press in 2001.
 

Jim MallmanJames Mallman, is a founding Board member of Watchable Wildlife Inc., Jim has 28 years of experience in commodities trading and sales and marketing management. Jim began working with state and federal agencies across the country in 1995 to help promote sustainable funding programs for wildlife conservation. Soon after, he made the decision to redirect his
professional efforts towards wildlife conservation and accepted the position as President of Watchable Wildlife Inc.

Jim has been a strong supporter of Teaming With Wildlife, now CARA. This proposed national legislation has galvanized the largest coalition of government, businesses, and wildlife conservation groups ever. In 1996 Jim was awarded The President’s Award from the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, for his work as a national spokesperson on this important issue.

Through Watchable Wildlife Inc., Jim conducts workshops on Nature/Wildlife Tourism around the world and is currently working on programs in Russia, China, Canada, Mexico and across the US. Jim has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master’s Degree in Education/Wildlife Tourism, a program he helped to develop with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
 

Steve MaanumSteve Maanum is a teacher, photographer, writer, project developer, education consultant, and public speaker.

During his thirty-four years in the classroom he connected his students to nature through hands-on experiences. He was awarded local Teacher of the Year, Minnesota Forest Educator of the Year, and a nominee for Disney Teacher of the Year. He and his fifth grade students were also awarded five Golden Apple Awards from the Regional PBS station.

Steve’s articles and photographs appear in a number of newspapers and magazines. He has been a columnist for two publications, and he teaches student and adult photography classes. Steve has combined his classroom work with his writing and photography to produce two thirty-minute specials for regional PBS and is the co-creator of a digital media project that teaches kids about their environment, "Through the Lens of a Camera."

Steve has also collaborated with Joe Courneya to develop and present programs to train over 2,500 kids and adults in the use of digital photography and assisting teachers with the integration of these activities into existing curriculums.

This work has assisted development of Minnesota’s statewide Digital Photography Bridge to Nature project. Steve is the project coordinator for greater Minnesota, working with nine workshop facilitators in conducting 80 teacher workshops across the state.

Steve also assists State Park naturalists, National Refuge staff, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff in digital photography projects and events. He has been a conference presenter at several state and national conferences, including the National Environmental Education Conference (NAAEE), the National Ecological Society of America Conference (ESA), the National Watchable Wildlife Conference, and the National 4-H Leadership Conference (NAE4-HA) where their "Through the Lens" project received the North Central Regional Award in Natural Resources and Environmental Education.
 

Kimberly WinterKimberly Winter took the lead of the Forest Service NatureWatch Program in August of 2011. As former Habitat Programs Manager at the National Wildlife Federation, Kim oversaw national programs focused on wildlife viewing and habitat restoration in rural, urban, and suburban landscapes.

Kim served as the International Coordinator for the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), where she helped bring federal agencies, universities, and non-profit partners together to develop pollinator-friendly landscapes and policies. She and Forest Service colleagues spearheaded the signing of the first National Pollinator Week by the Secretary of Agriculture, followed by leading a successful campaign to bring Pollinator Week to the state of Virginia.

Kim served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia, where she developed environmentally-focused curricula for schools bordering a newly-declared national park. Her expertise in community-based conservation efforts led to indigenous leaders in Ecuador and Bolivia requesting her to document their traditional use of natural resources
and provide management recommendations. The resulting reports led to much improved communications between local residents and government agencies regarding wildlife conservation efforts and designation of a national forest reserve in Bolivia.

A native of Missouri, Kim currently lives in Springfield, Virginia with her husband and dogs. She holds a doctorate in Wildlife Ecology and Management; a master's degree in Ecological Anthropology; and a Certificate in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia. She enjoys getting outdoors, kayaking, cycling, and international adventures.