For fieldtrip and outings, please contact the group leader for the particular trip you're interested in - leaders' contact information is included in the calendar listing for each trip.
Charleston Natural History Society is served by volunteer officers,
board members-at-large, committee chairs and members.
You may direct questions or comments to any of the individuals listed
Jessica Hardesty Norris 240.678.3712
A biologist specializing in ecological restoration and planning, Jessica has 15 years of experience in bird conservation and research. Jessica brings a commitment to conservation and a policy background to the group.
Sarah Harper Diaz
Sarah graduated from the College of Charleston in 2008 with her Bachelor's Degree in Biology. She then attended the Citadel Graduate College and graduated in 2012 with her Master's in Biology. She is currently the Project Leader at the Sullivan's Island Environmental Education and Bird Research Program, where she helps to run a bird banding station and educational activities for local students.
Vice President + Citizen Science Chair
Jennifer McCarthey Tyrell 703.967.1231
Originally from northern Virginia, Jen relocated to Charleston for her master's degree with the College of Charleston in Environmental Studies. Currently she works with The Center for Birds of Prey as an educator and the research coordinator. There she runs Hawk Watch, a MAPS bird banding station, and the Citizen Science for Swallow-tailed Kites Program.
Paul Nolan 843.953.7076
A biologist on faculty at the Citadel, Paul brings a passion for birding as well as an academic perspective and scientific knowledge to the group.
Andy Harrison 843.795.6934
Past president, Andy is taking the lead on filed trips and outings.
Mary Kennerty 843.881.8755
A Charlestonian, MEd Clemson University, pioneered women's athletic program at Clemson, Coached NCAA nationally ranked tennis teams, faculty member at Clemson in Recreation and Parks Department, Director for National League of Junior Cotillions in Charleston and Beaufort SC, business etiquette consultant and mentor for the More To Life Foundation. Birding with Charleston Audubon is a way for me to give value to our wildlife.
Joe Cockrell 843.607.1070
Joe is spearheading activity at our McAlhany property, from building renovations to long-leaf pine habitat restoration and establishing new nature trails.
Sarah developed a love for birding and the places birding takes you as an undergraduate student, and later translated her interests into a masterís thesis focusing on painted buntings on Kiawah Island. She has enjoyed participating with the Charleston Audubon to produce the Lesser Squawk for the past 4 years, and is looking forward to her new role as Treasurer.
Lesser Squawk Editor
Erin is a science writer with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, where she covers coastal and marine research.
Steve Bleezarde 843.406.2061
Send Steve news, announcements and links of interest to our members. Steve is past board member, past editor of the newsletter and our webmaster.
Sharon Richardson 843.688.5833
A National Audubon vice-president and directory of SC Audubon, we're proud to have Sharon on our board.