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If you contact a professional Birdingpal guide you must be prepared to pay a fee for guiding services.
Mark Suomala is an experienced birder and naturalist who has organized and led many nature tours throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has worked as field biologist for the Audubon Society of New Hampshire, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, and has volunteered extensively as a bird-banding assistant on the Isles of Shoals. He has a graduate degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch University.
Fees: For local guiding in New Hampshire and other New England states are about USD$100.00 per day plus expenses. Guiding fees for other areas are negotiable. I can organize and lead a custom tour to most North American destinations for any individual or group. Visit my web site
White Mountains/Western Maine
Chris Lewey, executive Director and Founder of RAVEN, holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch University. He has lead natural history tours for RAVEN, as well as such organizations as the Maine Audubon Society, Smithsonian Study Tours, and the National Wildlife Federation. Chris is also a naturalist for the Appalachian Mountain Club and has taught ornithology for the National Audubon Society at their Hog Island ecology camp in Maine. Chris leads overnight EduTrips for the Mount Washington Observatory to the summit of the Northeast's highest peak, Mt. Washington, the 6,288' home of the world's worst weather. A native New Englander and licensed Maine Guide, Chris is very much at home on the coast or in the mountains where his fascination with wildlife is enthusiastically shared. He has taught biology, ecology, and ornithology in both New Hampshire and Maine. As a nature photographer and master bird-bander, he continues wildlife research in his regio!
Member, Maine Professional Guides Association, Member, Tin Mountain Conservation Center and Board Member of TMCC and is on the faculty of Granite State College, subsidiary of the University of NH system. Chris has appeared on several radio and television programs including Animal Planet's The Most Extreme series, Maine Public Television's Quest nature series and ABC's Good Morning America. Visit my web site