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Festival Speakers

Meet the Experts:  2023 Speakers and Workshop Presenters will be announced soon!

Lynn Sanders, Founder/President of Difference Makers Media, is the Make A Difference Speaker, Award-Winning Writer/Author, Story Coach, Promotional Consultant and a...

A Marine Biologist at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute for more than 35 years, Joan retired in 2013 as a Professor Emerita of Marine Science. She Grew up...

Dr. Dale Gawlik, Endowed Chair for Conservation and Biodiversity, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Dr. Gawlik...

Carter Crouch, Director of Gulf Coast Programs, International Crane Foundation Carter Crouch is the Director of the Gulf Coast Programs for the International Crane...

Anne Lacy, Senior Manager–North America Program Anne grew up in Madison, leaving to attend college in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She received a B.A. in Psychology...

David Newstead, Director of Coastal Bird Program David conducts and manages projects involving census, survey and management of coastal birds – including...

Sara grew up and went to school in Charlottesville, Virginia, studying biology at the University of Virginia.  She never laid eyes on a crane, or at least...

Dr. Liz Smith, North America Program Director, International Crane Foundation Dr. Liz Smith is a native Texan and received her B.S. and M.S. degrees at Corpus Christi...

Born and raised in Texas, Scott Holt retired from a 35 year career as a Research Scientist at the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute here in Port...

Kathy Adams Clark has been a professional nature photographer since 1995.    Kathy’s photos have been published in hundreds of places including ...

Gary Clark is the weekly nature columnist for the  Houston Chronicle .  Gary’s latest books are  Book of Texas  Birds published by Texas...

Mikael Behrens has been an avid birder and amateur naturalist since the early 1990s. He lives in Austin but is originally from Port Aransas and returns there often...