About: Bill Schmoker

Binocular: Leica 8x32 Ultravid HD

Spotting Scope: Leica APO-Televid 65 (angled)


Bill has decades of educational experience in and out of the classroom, teaching preschoolers through retirees in formal and informal settings. Having a camera in hand is second nature for Bill, who remembers developing and printing his first black & white photos in a neighbor’s dark room at the age of 8 or 9. Bill made the switch to digital photography in 2001 and hasn’t looked back since. A widely published bird/wildlife photographer, author, and public speaker, Bill finds adventure and seeks new knowledge wherever he finds himself, whether gardening in his back yard or 800 miles north of Barrow, Alaska in the Arctic Ocean pack ice.  Bill lives in Longmont, Colorado and teaches middle school science in Boulder.  He is proud of his long involvement with the American Birding Association, particularly working with young birders as an instructor at Camp Colorado and Camp Avocet along with serving as a judge for the Young Birder of the Year photo module.  He is proud to be a member of the Leica Birding Team, is past president of Colorado Field Ornithologists, and currently serves as a Colorado eBird reviewer and on the Colorado Bird Records Committee.  Bill was selected as a National Science Foundation PolarTREC Teacher in 2010 and traveled aboard the USCG Cutter Healy in the Arctic Ocean for 5 months as part of the Extended Continental Shelf Survey project.  More recently, Bill was named a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow in 2013 and cruised from Iceland to Greenland aboard the National Geographic Explorer.

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