Sheri Williamson, scriptwriter for the Advanced Birding Video:
Hummingbirds of North America is Director/Naturalist for the
Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory and author of A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America in the Peterson Field Guide Series.
Sheri grew up in Fort Worth, Texas with a
passion for wildlife, chasing
lizards from the time she could walk and
founding a neighborhood bird
club at age 6. In 1988, she and her husband
Tom Wood left their home state
for the "sky islands" of southeastern
Arizona to work as resident managers
of The Nature Conservancy's Ramsey
Canyon Preserve, where they fell
under the spell of hummingbirds and
joined the ranks of hummingbird banders.
During seven and a half years at the preserve, Sheri also helped to develop the Southwest Wings Birding Festival and documented the first known nesting of Eared Quetzals in the United States.
In 1996, inspired by the work of the Cape May Bird Observatory, Sheri and Tom left TNC to found a new bird conservation organization to expand their efforts in science and education. Though hummingbirds have been Sheri's primary focus in recent years, she has also studied wintering raptors in southeastern Arizona and the White-collared Manakin in Belize. In addition to the video script and field guide, she has written a guide to attracting and feeding hummingbirds, several articles on birds and birding, and the trogon chapters for The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior and Firefly Encyclopedia of Birds, and coauthored the hummingbird chapter for the National Geographic Reference Atlas to the Birds of North America with Tom Wood. Sheri tinkers in her native and wildlife-friendly plants garden, plays the autoharp, and sings Led Zeppelin on karaoke night. Sheri's personal Web site is tzunun.home.mindspring.com
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