Lena Moser was born in Russia and spent the first six years of her life in Tajikistan before moving with her family to the United States. She wishes she had been a birder in those early years but is happy the birding bug found her at age 13⎯and hasn’t let go since! As a young birder, she spent countless hours exploring her local woods, feeding backyard birds, and foraging for wild edibles. Lena’s field journals and artwork won awards from the American Birding Association and enabled her to attend career-shaping summer camps and conferences for young birders.
Lena completed her undergraduate degree in Natural Resources at Cornell University, where she worked at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, spent four months studying Neotropical ecology in Costa Rica, and wrote her thesis on the parenting behavior of Tree Swallows. She also studied the bird hunting practices of indigenous peoples in Venezuela and assisted with a White-winged Swallow nesting project in Ecuador. For her undergraduate environmental outreach and volunteer work, Lena won the prestigious Morris K. Udall Scholarship. Lena’s love of people and their cultures motivated her to obtain an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut, followed by an M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. Her graduate work took her to Costa Rica, Tanzania, and Kenya, where she studied the effects of human habitat disturbance on avian communities.
Lena first met Kevin when she was 14 years old, and the two quickly became close friends. Lena has been actively involved with Wildside Nature Tours since then, co-guiding trips to Alaska, Panama, Belize, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. For a time, Lena also worked for the birding tour company Field Guides, and with them, she co-guided trips to Arizona, Louisana, Texas, Virginia, Newfoundland & Nova Scotia, Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica, and Australia. Aside from tour guiding, Lena has taught Field Ecology, Environmental Science, and Biology courses at Choate Rosemary Hall, a prestigious private boarding school in Connecticut. She also taught Anthropology, Biology, and Botany courses as both a graduate teaching assistant and adjunct professor.
A lifelong naturalist, teacher and birder with contagious enthusiasm, Lena is excited to share her knowledge and experiences with you and make your trip a whole lot of fun! Although birding is her primary passion, Lena also indulges in botany, mycology, wilderness survival skills, yoga, and a serious tea addiction. She lives in lovely Maine with her husband, Brad, and the two can sometimes be seen hiking, biking, or kayaking from one wild corner to another.