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Nathan Shampine
Nate is Mt. Cuba Center’s Natural Lands Manager responsible for implementing land conservation practices and developing healthy and functional ecosystems. He is a graduate of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and he is also a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner through the Society for Ecological Restoration.

Joe Sebastiani
Joe is the Ashland Nature Center Manager for the Delaware Nature Society, and has worked for the organization since 1998. Joe has traveled in search of birds and wildlife since childhood and has led nature-based adventures to Cuba, Trinidad, Costa Rica, Canada, Ecuador, Brazil, Nebraska, Maine, New York, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, and a multitude of locations in and around Delaware. Joe is past President of the Delmarva Ornithological Society, founded the Ashland Hawk Watch, and is Delaware eBird data reviewer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. As a native of Kennett Square, PA, Joe attended Penn State University, where he earned a degree in Environmental Resource Management and Wildlife Science. He also has a Master’s degree in Education from West Chester University.

Stephen Hands