Michael Drillinger brings to the Catskill Center his professional experience from a broad background in business, technology and the environment.
He has an MBA from LIU and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from SUNY Purchase. As a hiker and camper since childhood, Michael has spent countless days and nights on the trails and in the forests of the Catskills. He is a DEC licensed outdoor guide and has taught outdoor skills and camp craft.
With a deep love of the Catskills, its unique ecosystems, the wonderful people and its rich history, Michael intends to help protect these treasures through his work at the Catskill Center. Michael lives in Woodstock with his wife Rosalind.
Katie Palm joined The Catskill Center in November 2010.
Prior to working at the Catskill Center, Katie was the Education Specialist at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC, where she created a volunteer program and planned all the educational programs for adults and children.
She has also worked at Longwood Gardens, the Watershed Agricultural Council and for Cornell Cooperative Extension as the Broome County Consumer/Community Horticulturist.
Katie holds a MAT in Museum Education from George Washington University in Washington D.C. and a BS in Horticulture from Cornell University.
Tom Stephenson's articles and photos have appeared in birding and bird watcher's digest, at surfbirds.com and in the Handbook of the Birds of the World. He has guided groups across the United States and Asia. A musician, he has had several Grammy and Academy Award winners as clients and was Director of Technology at Roland Corporation.
John Thompson + Jamie Deppen
Jamie Deppen is the Environmental Monitoring and Management Alliance (EMMA)Coordinator based at Vassar College. She received a BS in Biology from SUNY New Paltz and an MS in Resource Management and Conservation from Antioch University, New England. She has worked in the Hudson Valley for ten years studying biodiversity and endangered species and working with local government conservation commissions. Currently, she works with scientists, and managers, and conservationists across the Hudson Valley to standardize monitoring protocols and increase environmental engagement. In her free time, she enjoys watercolor painting and nature photography.
John Thompson is the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) Coordinator in 2016. John is collaborating with partners to develop prioritized invasive species management plans; coordinating invasive species control projects; and leading education and outreach programs on invasive species, natural history and ecological management. John is currently Secretary of the Natural History Section of the Ecological Society of America, Vice President of the John Burroughs Natural History Society Board of Directors and a Trustee of the John Burroughs Association Board of Directors. John earned an MS in Geology at University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire.
Scott Whittle lives in Cape May, NJ and has twenty years of experience as a professional photographer and educator. He holds an MFA in photography from The School of Visual Arts in New York, is a Fellow of The MacDowell Colony and is a onetime New York State Big Year Record Holder.
Birding guide and field ecologist, NYC Audubon
A lifelong birder and gardener, Tod grew up on a small wooded farm in rural Pennsylvania—and still recalls his first warbler "fall-out" there (and the singing Prothonotary Warbler that showed up that day) with wonder.
Todd managed the property where he grew up for wildlife—focusing on native flowers, shrubs, and trees. This deepening interest in native plant ecology eventually led to his taking on the role of manager of National Audubon's Plants for Birds program.
Keynote / Friday, May 25 / Moments of Magic and Humiliation from the Life of an Unabashed Bird-Lover
Workshop / Saturday, May 26 / Plant It and They Will Come: Creating a Bird-Friendly Yard