Hill Country Nature Quest - The Best Birding and all-round Nature Festival in Central Texas
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Hill Country Nature Quest - The Best Birding and all-round Nature Festival in Central Texas
Hill Country Nature Quest - The Best Birding and all-round Nature Festival in Central TexasTony Gallucci has resided for long periods in the Rio Grande Valley, Big Bend, deep East Texas and the Hill Country, and has been in the Kerrville area since 1986. Tony is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he did doctoral research on nesting Black Rails on the upper Texas coast. His Master's research centered on the Upper Big Bend race of the White-winged Dove. He has worked for four decades compiling the fauna and flora of three Texas counties: Kerr, Real and Trinity, and has specific research background in Parula and Vermivora Warblers, the Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo, Kingfishers, Falcons, Swallows, Gopher Tortoises, Map Turtles and Sawbacks, Pine, Gopher and Bull snakes, Sylphs and Dancers, several families of Montane Snails, Wild Equids, Vaquita, and Texas endangered plants. Among his discoveries and co-discoveries are the first Modern Jabiru for the US, the first Modern Roadside Hawk for the US, the first Snow Bunting for Texas, the first Black-headed Gull for Texas, the first nesting Lucy's Warblers in Texas, and four species of Montane Snails new to science. He works as a media specialist and teaches film and theatre for the Hill Country Youth Ranch System which includes the Big Springs Ranch for Children where he will lead Nature Quest field trips. He also has his own documentary and narrative film production business, Milk River Film, and co-owns a theatre production group, The Guadalupe Stage Quartet, which produces dramatic theatre in hill country regional theatres. Tony has lead Flora, Fauna & Odonata fieldtrips for Nature Quest since 2006.
Hill Country Nature Quest - The Best Birding and all-round Nature Festival in Central Texas
Hill Country Nature Quest - The Best Birding and all-round Nature Festival in Central Texas

Bain Walker has been leading the Frio Bat Flight Tours to the Frio Cave since 1999. He has learned about Bats from Bat Specialists from Boston University, University of Tennessee, Bat Conservation International and Texas Parks & Wildlife. Bain and the Bats have appeared in several TV Documentaries, BBC Shows, Discovery and Animal Planet, plus in Texas Parks & Wildlife & Texas Highways Magazines. He is an expert at spotting and identifying the Raptors that catch the bats at the Frio Cave. He has helped maintain his families Bluebird Nestbox Trail since 2001. In 2003 Bain was the Co-nominator of the Largest Tree in Texas. Bain has been leading Birding, Nature by Kayak, Big Tree & Bat Flight Tours in our area for Hill Country Adventures since 1998. Bain gives Bat Programs for schools, organizations and is our main Frio Bat Flight Interpreter. Bain is one of Nature Quests original fieldtrip leaders. He has lead Frio Bat Flight, Nature by Kayak and Birding Field Trips for Nature Quest since it began in 1999.
www.friobatflight.com

Hill Country Nature Quest - The Best Birding and all-round Nature Festival in Central Texas
Hill Country Nature Quest - The Best Birding and all-round Nature Festival in Central Texas

Lee Haile grew up in this area of the Hill Country and has been interested in Birds all his life, and Medicinal Plants since high school. He earned his Degree in Entomology (bugs) in 1982 from TX A&M University. He was an Entomology Consultant for Farmers and Ranchers for 13 years. In 1991 he purchased a Saw Mill for his woodworking business and his interest in large trees grew. Lee is a Certified Master Naturalist, Birder, and has come to appreciate how, “The Hill Country is the Biological Crossroads to North America.” Lee has been leading Nature, Birding, Natural History, Nature by Kayak, Big Tree, Frio Bat Flight Tours, and doing Cowboy Campfire Storytelling in our area for Hill Country Adventures since 2003. Lee is a Folklorist, Musician and Entertainer. He has performed at Dude Ranches, Schools, San Antonio’s Folklife Festival, and Sea World of Texas. In 2003 Lee was the Co-nominator of several Champion Trees in this area and one is the Largest Tree in Texas. Lee is one of the Frio Bat Flight Interpreters. Since April 2004 he has helped lead Nature by Kayak, Birding field trips, plus Storytelling and Entertaining for Nature Quest.

Hill Country Nature Quest - The Best Birding and all-round Nature Festival in Central Texas
Hill Country Nature Quest - The Best Birding and all-round Nature Festival in Central TexasKen Cave is an environmental scientist who has spent his life studying the natural environment of central and south Texas since receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology from the University of Texas in Austin. As a biologist with the Texas Water Quality Board, Chief or the Environmental Department with the San Antonio River Authority, and independent natural resource consultant for more than 40 years he has studied aquatic systems throughout Texas including every major bay, estuary, and river system in the State of Texas. He assisted in the development of standards for Texas streams, protection orders for the Edwards Aquifer, and directed the first non-point pollution studies in the central Texas area.
    Through the years he has owned several environmental corporations and served as project manager and senior environmental scientist for other regional and national environmental organizations. He has performed numerous research projects ranging from groundwater availability, wildlife habitat assessments, and archeological studies to the development of innovative pollution control technology. Mr. Cave has served on several Edwards Aquifer Protection Technical Task Forces, served on numerous hearing commissions, and has provided expert testimony in matters pertaining to the Edwards Aquifer and Mitchell Lake. As project manager he developed strategies for water quality improvement for Mitchell Lake and associated wetlands.
    Later in his career he served as Executive Director of the Texas Hill Country River Region where he directed “Nature Quest” and led Frio River spring environment tours. For the last 10 years he has led a Frio River natural resource program for the Texas Outdoor Education Association. Recently he developed the multi-purpose Cooks Slough Nature Park that includes a constructed wetland system for water quality improvement as well as wildlife habitat restoration and preservation. Although currently attempting to be retired Ken continues to perform habitat assessments and various regulatory compliance projects.
    Ken is also a wonderful photographer, here’s a link to some of his nature photos -     http://www.flickriver.com/photos/sandman_ken/sets/
Hill Country Nature Quest - The Best Birding and all-round Nature Festival in Central Texas
Hill Country Nature Quest - The Best Birding and all-round Nature Festival in Central Texas
Hill Country Nature Quest - The Best Birding and all-round Nature Festival in Central TexasLeAnn Sharp has been promoting & leading Frio Bat Flight and Hill Country Adventures Tours since 1999. She was the Vice President of the Texas Bluebird Society from 2003 thru 2010. LeAnn teaches Bluebird & Other Small Cavity Nesting Bird Programs for Schools, Nature Centers, Civic Clubs, Master Naturalist and Audubon meetings, she leads Bluebird Trail tours, and is one of the Frio Bat Flight Interpreters. LeAnn has presented the Bluebird Programs and lead Bluebird Trail fieldtrips for Nature Quest since 2005. Nature Quest was LeAnn’s brainchild.

Anthony Sharp has helped lead birding fieldtrips for Nature Quest since 2007. Anthony & LeAnn helped organize and put on the North American Bluebird Society Convention in San Antonio, TX in 2006. Anthony was Vice President of the Hill Country Rivers group that started Nature Quest. LeAnn & Anthony created and run Hill Country Nature Center on their ranch. They have been in the lodging business since 1987 and the Nature Tourism business for 1999. Anthony & LeAnn became the Nature Quest coordinators in 2010 and took over the entire event in 2011. www.friolodging.com & www.hillcountrynaturecenter.com

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