About Guillemot Research Group

pg checkWe are dedicated to the research, education and protection of the Pigeon Guillemot. Based on Whidbey Island in north Puget Sound, we actively monitor approximately 1,000 Pigeon Guillemots that gather into colonies to breed in our seaside bluffs. These entertaining and endearing black and white seabirds with fire-engine-red feet symbolize healthy coastal waters.

Our Team

Naturalist and writer, Frances Wood, M.F.A.,http://www.franceswood.net/ initiated the Whidbey Guillemot Survey in 2002 and has been coordinating the project ever since. A chapter in her book Brushed by Feathers: A Year of Birdwatching in the West (Fulcrum Publishing, Golden, CO, 2004) describes her first observations of the Whidbey guillemot colonies and how she fell in love with these playful seabirds, which she continues to study, observe and write about. Frances serves on the Island County Marine Resources Committee and is a former president of the Whidbey Audubon Society.

Prof. Emerita of Microbiology and Immunology and of Genetics at George Washington University Phyllis Kind, Ph. D., joined the group at its inception and is responsible for data archiving and analysis. Phyllis served on the Island County Marine Resources Committee and the Northwest Straits Commission. She is past president of the Whidbey Audubon Society and past board member of the Whidbey-Camano Land trust.

Govinda Rosling, BS, joined the Guillemot Research Group in 2010 as an intern/contractor; and continues on as a co-coordinator. Govinda helped expand the Nisqually IBA to reach the shores of Anderson Island, by specifically recording presence of Pigeon Guillemots. Govinda is a past Whidbey Audubon Society board member, she is a current COASST volunteer, and organizes the South Whidbey Christmas Bird Count.  Govinda photographs birds of the northwest and beyond; with many of them being Pigeon Guillemots.  www.mostlyfeathers.com

Ann Casey is a retired educator and enthusiastic citizen scientist and a 2010 Beach Watcher graduate. Since 2010 Ann has served on the Whidbey Audubon Society Board as VP, President. Past President and is currently serving as the Field Trips Chair. Ann is the team leader for the PG survey at Malmo Bluff since 2012 and in 2015 joined the Guillemot Research Group team.

Emily Terao joined the Guillemot Research Group as an intern in 2016, and then stayed on as a member of the coordinating team. A graduate of Earlham College class of 2011, Emily majored in Biology with her main interests being ecology and conservation. She assisted in a research project on Eastern Bluebirds, and led a survey of avian populations in different habitats of rainforest in Peru. Applying her interests in conservation with a passion for food, Emily co-founded Duck Duck Goose Farmshttp://ddgfarms.com/  with her significant other, where their goal is to farm in harmony with nature. She feels very lucky to live and work on beautiful Whidbey Island, and wants to do her part in supporting the island’s wildlife.  Emily is also a current board member of the Whidbey Audubon Society.



This project was funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.