(Big Bend Birding and Photo Tours)
Lee grew up in Oklahoma and Texas and refers to himself as a “Tokie.” His interest in wildlife began with regular trips as a child to the Oklahoma City Zoo and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in southwest Oklahoma. The real impetus for his passion for bird watching and photography began on his inaugural trip with his grandparents to Big Bend National Park in August 1988. A life-long fascination with the Big Bend region was ignited. Lee is proud to be an official Olympus Educator and he loves teaching photography. Lee is the owner of Big Bend Birding & Photo Tours and serves as a photography workshop instructor for Wildside Nature Tours and Precision Camera & Video in Austin, Texas.
Some of his favorite destinations include Big Bend National Park, Yellowstone in winter, the Peruvian Amazon, Galapagos Islands, Panama, and Ecuador. Lee makes his home at 6,143’ up in the Davis Mountains of west Texas, just north of Big Ben National Park, where a herd of ten Javelina keep him company when he isn’t out photographing wildlife, landscapes, night skies, or macro images.
Originally from Michigan, Lisa lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has “done” a lot of things to make an enjoyable living — from managing a pizzeria, to working as a master floral designer, a licensed psychologist, an international speaker, professional trainer and consultant in K-12 education, Chief Business Development Officer for an education technology company, a researcher, a writer, an artist and even a recruiter! She began her photography business in 2010. Though photography was always a favorite activity for her, it wasn’t until she combined photography with teaching and tour guiding that it all came together: Creating one-of-a-kind, exciting, emotionally rewarding learning experiences for others! Lisa is passionate about providing creative, memorable and educational experiences that enrich, invigorate and expand minds emotionally and cognitively — all while having fun together!
(Wildside Nature Tours)
Kevin Loughlin was raised to appreciate nature while exploring the woodlands of Pennsylvania as a child. At age six, during a family trip through the American West, Kevin became fascinated with photography as well seeing the new and different birds throughout North America. Instilled with a love for travel and seeking new, exciting destinations he felt a desire to share his experiences with others and in 1993 he created Wildside Nature Tours. Kevin’s photographs and articles have appeared in publications such as Nature Photographer, Outdoor Photographer, Audubon, Birding, WildBird and Philadelphia Magazines. His images have also been published in many natural history books, including the recent “Peterson’s Reference Guide to Owls of North American and the Caribbean” by Scott Weidensaul. Kevin’s current projects include, co-authoring with John Kricher, on the updated “Galapagos: A Natural History.”