Joan Collins, President of Adirondack Avian Expeditions & Workshops, LLC, leads birding trips year-round, is a New York State licensed guide, an Adirondack 46er, and has climbed all the Adirondack fire tower peaks. She is a past President of the New York State Ornithological Association and current Editor of New York Birders. She is a past Board of Directors member of the Audubon Council of New York State, and past President of Northern New York Audubon Society. Joan has published several journal, magazine, and newspaper articles on wildlife and conservation topics in various publications including Audubon, New York Birders, Conservationist, Adirondack Life Magazine, LOCALadk Magazine, and The Kingbird. She authored several warbler species accounts, in addition to serving as a peer reviewer for The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State. Joan is a frequent keynote speaker and teaches classes on ornithology topics.
Ed is a naturalist, author, and Adirondack guide with more than thirty years' experience leading walks in wild places. A former National Park Ranger, he worked at Acadia National Park and Gulf Islands National Seashore, served as Curator of the Trailside Nature Museum in Cross River, New York, taught field ecology for the National Audubon Society, and was senior naturalist at the Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining, New York. Ed has deep roots in the Adirondacks. His great great great great grandparents Daniel and Hannah Brownell carved a farm out of the woods along the Sacandaga River c. 1795.
Yoga & Wellness Guides:
Beth Melecci's passion is Bhakti, the devotional yoga of the heart. She discovered yoga when she was carrying her daughter, 32 years ago. She enjoyed the physical, mental and spiritual benefits, but fell in love with connectedness she felt with the other women in the class. It was the desire for connectedness that inspired her to teach yoga. Since completing her yoga teacher training in 2016, Beth has been leading Hatha Yoga, Gentle Hatha for Beginners, and mixed-level Hatha Flow at True North Yoga. She also facilitates her unique heart-focused yoga and chanting workshops throughout the year.
Beth loves to be in nature and often practices yoga outdoors, and is a guide and tracker. Beth is also a talented musician and blends music with yoga through joyful chanting.
Helene Gibbens (CF&NTG, Licensed NY State Hiking Guide, ERYT-500)
Helene has been teaching yoga and wellness for over 25 years in northern New York. After growing up in Montreal, she found her heart yearned for natural spaces. Settling in the Adirondack Park in 2009, she took her yoga practice out of doors. Sensing that the surrounding rivers and forests were inviting a deeper relationship, she discovered the wellness practice of Forest Bathing. A Certified Forest and Nature Therapy Guide since 2017, she is passionate about sharing with others nature sensory immersive experiences and tools that connect people and nature in new ways, for the benefit of both. She also enjoys skiing, hiking and gardening.