Jane Dixon & Adam Dudley

Jane Dixon

Jane was born and raised in Preston, Lancashire, and spent her childhood hiking in the Northern fells and moors with her family.  Guidebooks in rucksacks, all new and interesting creatures were studied and identified.  After graduating from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, where she met her future husband, Adam Dudley (also a guide for Naturetrek), she has lived and worked in numerous countries, including Germany, United States, and India.  These travels have offered fantastic opportunities for wildlife encounters and further study.  During this time, Jane also developed a passion for wildlife photography, and graduated in 2012 from the New York Institute of Photography.  Jane's wildlife and photography interests include butterflies, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, with a developing interest in odonata and spiders.  Birds also feature highly because of her mum and husband.  Since moving to California over 4 years ago, Jane has been a volunteer fieldtrip leader for the Sequoia Audubon Society, run educational courses for local organisations interested in learning more about local birds, taken part in regular bird counts, spent time butterfly monitoring for the rare and localized Bay Checkerspot, and been a regular contributor to iNaturalist.  Now based in Tucson, Arizona, Jane is a keen traveller and always looking out for the next adventure.

Adam Dudley

Adam was born in Winchester and, thanks to an episode of Blue Peter, became interested in birds and wildlife from a young age. He started out recording bird songs onto tape from his bedroom window, something he credits with his passion for “ear birding”. After ten years of birding around the UK and Europe, he took a year out from university and traveled extensively in Australia, New Zealand and SE Asia looking at and studying all kinds of birds and wildlife.  He developed a particular passion for shorebirds during this time when he helped the Australasian wader study group cannon-net migrating waders. After a few years back in the UK, Adam and his wife Jane (also a Naturetrek guide) relocated to the USA where they have lived for nearly 20 years. Together they have traveled to 49 of the 50 States in search of wildlife and wild places, and have lived in the East, West and Southwest of America. For the last 4 years Adam has served on the board of the Sequoia Audubon Society in California and has been responsible for designing and leading field trips near and far in this diverse state. Adam loves all aspects of wildlife but specializes in birds. When not traveling around America, Adam is an avid local patch watcher at a small creek near to where he lives.

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