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STEPHANIE MASONstephanie mason escapes

Stephanie Mason is Senior Naturalist at the Audubon Naturalist Society. She teaches classes and leads many field excursions for ANS, both close-to-home in the mid-Atlantic, as well as farther afield, including the destinations of the Florida Everglades, Nova Scotia, Ecuador, and Costa Rica. Costa Rica 2014 was her 17th trip! She is also an instructor in the Natural History Field Studies Program.

MarkGarland escapesMARK S. GARLAND

Mark is a naturalist who has been sharing his enthusiasm for nature with others professionally for over 30 years. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Maryland's College of Agriculture. Work experience includes 6 years as a Ranger/Naturalist with the National Park Service, 17 years with the Audubon Naturalist Society, and 4 years with New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. He has also led tours for the Smithsonian Institution, for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and for Betchart Expeditions. more information

CARLOS "CHARLIE" GÓMEZCharlieGomez escapes

Carlos "Charlie" Gómez is one of Costa Rica's most highly regarded naturalist guides. He has led tours for birding groups for almost 30 years, mostly in his home country of Costa Rica but also in Panama and South America. He is an expert birder and an exceptionally skilled all-around naturalist.

DavidFarner escapesDAVID FARNER

David Farner is currently the Park Manager at Fort C.F. Smith Park in Arlington. He has led three ANS Nature Travel trips to Nova Scotia, where he and his wife own and enjoy a get-away. A former Senior Naturalist at the Audubon Naturalist Society, he has also led field trips to locations in the mid-Atlantic and taught in the Natural History Field Studies Program.

ROB GIBBSRobGibbs escapes

Rob Gibbs has worked as Wildlife Ecologist for the Montgomery County Department of Parks and Planning for the past 13 years. Prior to his current position, he worked as a naturalist for 15 years for Montgomery County Parks and other organizations. Rob has been leading natural history classes and field trips for over 25 years for Montgomery Parks, the Audubon Naturalist Society, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Park Service, the National Wildlife Federation and other organizations. His lifelong passion is learning and teaching others about the natural world.


Antero Topp has been an active birder in his native Finland for over 40 years and is one of that country's best-known birding tour leaders.


Mark England is a skilled naturalist who teaches "Bird Life" in the USDA/ANS Natural History Field Studies Program. He also teaches many ANS birding classes and leads a variety of local forays. He is compiler of the Seneca Christmas Bird Count and served as a block leader on the Maryland Breeding Bird Atlas. He has surveyed butterflies for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Heritage Program. He has been a leader on ANS travel programs to Montana, Colorado, and Yellowstone.

HAL WIERENGAHalWierenga escapes

Hal Wierenga is an ornithological consultant who has worked for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and for the US Fish & Wildlife Service in Alaska. He has lead many trips for the Audubon Naturalist Society, including journeys to the Pacific Northwest, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Texas, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and Alaska.






"Traveling with a nature expert is a wonderful experience. ANS trip leaders are incredibly patient and easy-going. Their first concern is always for your safety and welfare."

B. Gordon, Frederick, Md.

"I went into my ANS trip with a high level of confidence and the actual experience bore this out. My trip leader provided logistical and interpretive leadership with the broad focus of nature study I was looking for. "

P. Boice, Rockville, Md.

"All of the ANS trip leaders worked very hard to keep the group on schedule, to make us feel comfortable and to provide us with peak experiences."

B. Grabowski, Silver Spring, Md.

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