Sheri Amsel has published more than 20 books on nature and environmental topics. Her love of science and the outdoors led to degrees in botany and zoology and a master's in anatomy and biomedical illustration. Her ongoing work includes advising schools on the development of educational nature trails, writing science programming, and performing habitat, science, and conservation workshops. She developed the exploringnature.org Web site and she has worked with the Nature Conservancy and Wildlife Conservation Society on education and conservation projects. She lives in Elizabethtown, NY.
Christopher J. Maron is the Champlain Valley Program Director for The Nature Conservancy's Adirondack (NY) Chapter. He earned a master's degree from Indiana University in environmental science from the Department of Public and Environmental Affairs. In his twenty-one-year career with the Conservancy, Chris has worked in science, stewardship, land protection, conservation planning, and community-based conservation. The Nature Conservancy is a conservation organization whose mission is to "preserve the plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive." He lives in Westport, NY.