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David Clapp is a respected naturalist and teacher who worked extensively in land conservation and habitat management. David has taught at Northeastern University, lectured on strategies for land protection in the United States, Africa, Europe, and Asia, and consulted for an array of governmental and conservation agencies. He spent his professional career working for the Massachusetts Audubon Society and has led Smithsonian Journey adventures for about thirty years.
His research has included studies in avian populations and breeding birds of various species. Although natural history is his primary focus; David is interested in cultural history, geology, and evolution. He has been involved in ecotourism for more than 30 years and has led tours throughout the world.
Especially through his involvement with ecotourism he has been able to train naturalists, provide natural history materials and work with conservation organizations worldwide. His lectures run the gamut from plate tectonics and the history of the world to flight and migration as it relates to sites being visited. A naturalist of unusual breadth and depth, he has led Smithsonian Journeys practically from pole to pole. David is also an extremely gifted photographer. He is a popular study leader and our travelers consistently express their appreciation for his efforts and enthusiasm. David will lead the all departures.
An interpretive naturalist for more than three decades, Ed Kanze runs a guiding service in New York State's 6-million acre Adirondack Park. His love for Australia and New Zealand became a major part of his life after his first trip to New Zealand's North, South, and Stewart Islands in 1984. Ed's continuing travels there and involvement in research on rare endemic animals led to the writing of his book "Notes From New Zealand."
Ed's connection to Australia took a leap forward in 1996, when he and his wife, Debbie, made a 25,000-mile journey around the mainland and Tasmania. Theirs was a wildlife odyssey that led to places most Australians never visit, along with encounters with platypuses, echidnas, wombats, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, crocodiles, deadly snakes, giant lizards, and 419 species of birds. The story of the journey was published by Random House and Sierra Club Books in 2000 as "Kangaroo Dreaming: An Australian Wildlife Odyssey." Further adventures in both Australia and New Zealand have expanded Ed's wealth of knowledge and stories to share.
Ed has published three more books, completed a novel about the explorer Henry Hudson, and is at work on a volume about his life and the lives of his ancestors in the Adirondack Mountains. He has served as a national park ranger, won a prestigious John Burroughs Award for one of his nature essays, and shared his love of nature, literature, and history at venues great and small. Ed is a graduate of Middlebury College, Vermont where he won the Bermas Prize for highest honors in Geography. He lives with his wife, Debbie, and children Ned and Tasman on eighteen wild acres in the Adirondack Mountains.
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