In 2008, Kenn Kaufman was presented with the highest honor of the American Birding Association, the Roger Tory Peterson Award "for a lifetime of achievements in promoting the cause of birding" -- although, as he points out, he isn't finished yet. Kenn burst onto the birding scene as a teenager, hitch-hiking around North America in pursuit of birds, and has gone on to travel and lead nature tours on all seven continents.
He is a field editor for Audubon and a contributor to every major birding magazine. Most of his time, however, has gone into writing books, such as Kingbird Highway, Flights Against the Sunset, Lives of North American Birds, and Advanced Birding. His own Kaufman Field Guides series now includes volumes on birds (in English and Spanish), butterflies, mammals, and insects. He and his wife, Kim, keep busy with birds and rock music from their base in northwestern Ohio.