Karen Benson has a BA in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS in Ornithology from Lamar University. She is a past editor of the Bulletin of the Texas Ornithological Society and co-editor of the Texas Breeding Bird Atlas. She is co-author of two birdsong audio CDs published by Texas A&M Press and many other nature-related publications.
She is a licensed bird bander and has directed several workshops on birding and bird banding. She has been a birding guide for the Texas Hill Country River Region’s week-long festival NATURE QUEST.
Karen is a Texas Master Naturalist and is active in several local and regional organizations, two of which are the Beeville Garden Club and the Pan American Round Table. She writes a nature column for the Bee Picayune Newspaper and is a regular speaker at community events. The natural world and birding are major parts of her life.
Robert Benson studied physics at Texas State University, graduating in 1976 with a BS. He continued graduate work in Cosmic Ray Physics at Texas A&M University completing his doctorate in 1985. He joined the faculty at Texas A&M University where he founded the Center for Bioacoustics, and completed numerous research projects related to the sounds animals make.
Robert moved to Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in 1997 where he taught a variety of technical courses including astronomy, physics and bioacoustics. He is now retired.
Robert and Karen live on a small farm north of Beeville, Texas where they maintain a vineyard, propagate and grow native Texas Plants, and spend a great deal of time out doors. His hobbies are birding, photography, and falconry.