Together, the Johnsons have studied ornithology, taking the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird Biology course and studying on their own, plus they have spent thousands of hours observing and photographing birds in the field. Craig photographed wild birds intensely from 2004-2008, pushing through increasing physical pain from a degenerative neurological disorder to obtain his photos. Finding a new medium, he has captured videos of bird behaviors seen in his own yard and nearby areas with a small video camera.

Publishing books, Craig and Joy have given countless presentations about local birds. Using their books and other materials, they have connected thousands of adults and children to the wonder of birds and importance of preserving habitat in years past.  


Craig on scooter


“Because we value birds for what they offer us in personal pleasure and as part of the web of life, we donate much of our time to help protect them.”


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