Meet the 2014 Team

Welcome to the 2014 Cape May Bird Observatory Seasonal Research Counters and Interpretive Naturalists

Glen Davis
Morning Flight Counter
Glen hails from NYC, but has called Cape May home for more than 15 years. Simply put, he loves living and working here! He has worked in a variety of roles: biological consultant, tour leader, graduate student, bartender, musician, school teacher and veterinary technician. He has worked seasonally for CMBO as a researcher, naturalist, and salesperson and is very excited to be this fall season's main songbird counter with the Morning Flight Project. He resides in Cape May Point with his wife, Kashi.

Skye Haas
 Seawatch Counter
Skye is a naturalist and contract biologist living in Marquette in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He has worked for the last six years for The Nature Conservancy and the previous eight years before that for the Michigan Breeding Bird Atlas II as a field biologist, author and technical editor. He has also dome field work in Montana, led birding tours both as a private guide and for the Michigan Audubon Society across the Great Lakes states and was a former waterbird counter at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory. Skye is also the chairman of the Laughing Whitefish Audubon Society, founding member of the Keweenaw Raptor Survey and is a former member of the Michigan Bird Records Committee. But he is happiest when just wandering the Earth looking at birds and other delightful creatures from the North Woods to the Oregon coastline, on down to the vales of Costa Rica because, well... someone has to do it!

Margeaux Maerz
  Interpretive Naturalist
While growing up in upstate New York, Margeaux Maerz spent her summers exploring Stone Harbor and Cape May. She has spent the last 7 years in Georgia where she studied Ecology at the University of Georgia and worked as a naturalist and teacher throughout the state as well as in Costa Rica, New Zealand, and Australia. She started working for NJ Audubon this summer as a teacher-naturalist at the Nature Center of Cape May and is excited to continue her work this fall on the hawk watch platform. Margeaux's greatest passion lies in environmental education and sharing her enthusiasm for what she loves with others. She can't wait to see what amazing birds the fall in Cape May will bring her and the incredible community she will get to share it with.

Mary Raikes
Hawkwatch Counter
Mary is a migrator herself and is excited to have made the trip to Cape May to work with CMBO as the primary hawk counter this fall.  While she considers Maine to be her home, she has lived across the country for the last 16 years including Hawaii, Colorado, Montana, Arizona, Wyoming, Vermont and New Hampshire.  She has worked as a kayak guide, whitewater raft guide, Bald Eagle nestwatcher, Ferruginous Hawk prey surveyor, loon observer, seabird researcher, and even as a lobsterwoman on the coast of Maine.  Mary loves being outdoors in any capacity and is excited to learn everything about her new environment.  This is her second hawkwatch and she looks forward to meeting the Cape May community while observing such an amazing migration.


  Tom Reed
  Hawkwatch Counter
Tom Reed returns as swing counter for the 2014 season. Born and raised in Cape May County, he has been birding since the age of ten and is a longtime CMBO naturalist. Tom is currently serving his first term on the New Jersey Bird Records Committee, contributes as a Regional Editor for North American Birds, and sits on the Mentor Advisory Board of the Race 4 Birds Foundation. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy from Rutgers University. 



Jordan Rogan
Interpretive Naturalist

Jordan is a May 2014 graduate from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a degree in Environmental Science with a Biology concentration. She is from Swarthmore, PA and has been visiting Cape May in the summer throughout her life, but just recently discovered the incredible opportunities for the study of wildlife that Cape May offers. Jordan first became interested in the study of birds in an Ornithology course at Wheaton College taught by Dr. John Kricher, and was inspired to continue learning as much as she could about birds ever since. She has always had a passion for the study of all wildlife and hopes to continue her education through graduate school, particularly within the field of ecology and evolutionary biology, conservation biology and avian conservation. Jordan is thrilled to be working as an Interpretive Naturalist this season and can’t wait to see all there is to discover here in Cape May.

Emily Wilmoth

George Myers Field Naturalist    
Emily has returned for a second season in Cape May.  She was an Interpretive Naturalist last fall, and had so much fun that she couldn’t wait to return as the George Myers Field Naturalist.  Emily graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison last year with a degree in Conservation Biology.  Since graduating, she has worked various seasonal jobs around the country.  She spent her spring and summer in Nevada, catching and monitoring Greater Sage-grouse.  After spending so much time in the desert, Emily is happy to be close to the ocean once again. 


Lindsey Brendel
Monarch Project Field Naturalist
Lindsey is thrilled to be part of the Monarch Monitoring Project, and loves the community of Cape May. Growing up on a small farm in Michigan Lindsey developed a love of nature early on.  With a strong passion for the arts, she earned her bachelors degree in film studies, and graduated in April 2014 from Oakland University in Rochester, MI.  She feels that if conservation efforts can be united with the arts, the possibility to educate and inspire others to action is huge.  She hopes to work with documentary films and has already produced one short documentary on monarch butterflies.  Before coming to Cape May, Lindsey raised over 500 monarch butterflies at her home, and spent the summer educating her community on the migration and ecology of the monarch butterfly


Angela Demarce

Monarch Project Field Naturalist

Angela Demarse has a B.Sc. in Biology with an Honors thesis from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Throughout her undergrad, Angela enjoyed several courses in field biology targeted at ecology and identification of insects, birds and plants. In her second year she joined the Board of Directors at OPIRG-Windsor as the Environmental Coordinator. During those two years as Environmental Coordinator, she also volunteered in two ornithology labs, assisting with identification of migratory songbird night-flight calls in the Mennill lab, and researching avian reproductive strategies in another. 

Those experiences led Angela to an Honors thesis in her final year. She approached Dr. Oliver Love, who offered an opportunity to contribute to a project investigating the influences of insect phenology on the reproductive success of snow buntings. While still writing her thesis, Angela was hired as a research assistant in Jan Ciborowski’s lab and has been working there since January 2014. In the Ciborowski lab, she has had many wonderful opportunities to contribute to projects she finds meaningful. The work she does now involves identifying benthic invertebrates to help piece together the effects of oil sands development on natural versus constructed wetlands throughout the Athabasca Oil Sands. She also collects benthic and water quality samples from the Great Lakes to assess invasive species and anthropogenic damage.

Angela is looking forward to spending this autumn in Cape May tagging monarchs and educating the public on monarch conservation.

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