Rich MacDonald

Rich is a lifelong birder, naturalist, and field biologist. He can often be found outdoors with binoculars strapped over his shoulder and an ear tuned to the birds. Much of the past 25 years have been spent investigating the natural world for organizations such as The Nature Conservancy and Audubon. His studies have encompassed Lake Champlain’s colonial waterbirds, northern forest boreal birds from the Adirondacks to Newfoundland, and migratory songbirds in the Dominican Republic. In 1989, Rich led his first bird tour for the Buffalo Ornithological Association. Through no small degree of luck, he managed to find all of the birds on their wish list… a feat he laughingly admits to never repeating since. In recent years, Rich has served as lead naturalist for Garrison Keillor on each of the four cruises of National Public Radio’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion.’