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Stephen King: For my th book, uh this couple is attacked by uh (looks at a desk) a lamp monster! Oooooooo!
Editor: You're not even trying anymore, are you?
King:(waving a desk lamp) Rawr! Rawr!
Editor:(sigh) When can I have it?

&#; Family Guy

If you can think of something, there's probably a B-grade horror movie about it trying to kill a bunch of people. You name it. Snowmen, ice cream men, Santa Claus, dentists, clowns, dolls, books, trucks, boats, lifts, chairs, computers, video games, clocks, toilets, vacuum cleaners, laundry machines (three of these, actually), condoms, rabbits, rats, robots, birds, bees, ticks, sharks, barracudas, flying fish, eggs, tires, tomatoes (four-movie series with a remake in the works), pieces of dry toast, leprechauns, triffids, frogs, snails, puppy dog tails and anything that you're not usually scared of. At the very least, if there's not a horror movie based around it, there's surely a horror short story or episode of an anthology horror series about it. A caveat: if it's a killer animal, there's about a 70% chance that it'll also be giant. If it grows too large, it becomes Attack of the Foot Whatever. Often, the titles of such films will be quite self explanatory, or something simple like a Scary Animal Title. Compare Everything Trying to Kill You. Depending on the object/animal, can overlap with Nightmare Fuel or Paranoia Fuel. Depending on the execution, can overlap with Narm instead. Also can overlap with Our Monsters Are Weird if the object is esoteric enough. When the "killer" is an inanimate object, it overlaps with Paranormal Mundane Item. For less exciting Real Life examples, see My Little Panzer and No Product Safety Standards.


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  • Unlike the Monsters of the Day from previous seasons, the Daimons/Heart Snatchers from Sailor Moon S were normal objects infected with a Daimon egg/pod and transformed into monstrous beings female in appearance. Said objects included a sport car, a vacuum cleaner, a violin, a train, a script for a TV show, a star projector (this episode was skipped during the show's first run on Cartoon Network due to the resulting daimon resembling a scantily clad carnival dancer&#;) just to name a few.

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  • Hack/Slash: parasitic twin foetuses and cartoon chipmunks bring in some variety from the normal slashers and serial killers&#;who are all pretty weird in of themselves.
    • There was also the story about the high-tech snowblower that "ate" pets.

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  • Alien (the first movie) is about a mindless killer extraterrestrial lurking in the shadows of a spaceship, picking people off one by one, and going "boo" every once in a while.
  • Terminator: the first three movies are about a mother and/or son being hunted by a killing machine (literally) sent back in time to eliminate the protagonists and change the future.
  • Maximum Overdrive! Practically every mechanical object known to man turns on their creators after earth passes through the tail of a mysterious cometor was it the flying saucer that the military shot down in the epilogue? Apparently the test screen of a scene of a boy getting ran over by a steamroller actually made George A. Romero throw up. Later remade under the story's original title Trucks.
  • Man's Best Friend is a film about a killer mutant puppy. A ridiculously cute one, at that.
  • The Leprechaun horror movie franchise, Lucky Charms commercials Gone Horribly Wrong.
  • The infamous Jack Frost () movies (not the one with Michael Keaton), about a snowman whose snow is infused with the DNA of a murderer. Includes a scene where the titular snowman rapes and kills a woman in the shower with his carrot.
  • Stay Alive is just one of many movies about killer videogames. One wonders how such a game gets out of beta testing
  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space &#; try saying the title with a straight face. This one was deliberately a spoof of horror movie, however. It has developed a strong cult following.
  • In the Japanese Mind Screw horror movie Hausu everything from a piano to pillows to a lampshade, to the title House, all because the Auntie eats young female virgins to keep herself young while she waits for her boyfriend to come home from WWII. The little problem? He died in the war. She received the news but didn't believe it.
  • Probably the quintessential "killer toy" movie is Child's Play, which earned four sequels.
  • The Gingerdead Man involves a serial killer coming back as a homicidal animated cookie.
  • Somewhere in the region of 50% of Full Moon productions; they're most famous for milking the Puppet Master series (killer puppets) for all it's worth.
  • Classically bad horror movie The Car is almost impossible to be horrified by, simply because the writing constantly reminds you how stupid the premise is. It reaches its logical extreme when the protagonist tells his wife, "Lock the kids in their rooms the car is in the garage." Sadly, the car itself is a custom-built genuinely evil-looking thing that deserved a better movie to appear in.
  • Christine, has a genuinely frightening killer car.
  • The Burgess Meredith film Torture Garden featured a sequence about a killer piano.
  • The film Death Bed: The Bed That Eats was about guess what? A killer bed.
  • The film Bed of the Dead is also about a killer bed.
  • The Killer Shrews&#;Which looks even sillier than it sounds, since it's so obvious that the 'shrews' are actually Collie dogs in bad makeup.
  • saw Kingdom of the Spiders, with William Shatner fighting billions of homicidal poisonous but normal-sized tarantulas. Normally, they are giant when they do such things.
  • Given some of the other examples on this page, the horror movie spoof Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! seems almost sensible in comparison. ATTAAAACK OF THE KILLER TO-MAY-TOES!
  • Black Sheep (), a horror movie about killer wait for it sheep. Though this one is a Horror/Comedy.
  • Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds is an early example.
  • Resident Evil: Extinction has flocks of killer zombie crows! We'd call it a "Take That!" but it's more akin to the film Laserblast taking its potshot at Star Wars: picking on someone WAY out of their weight class.
  • Leiningen Versus the Ants is arguably a part of this genre.
  • Killer Condom - And the condoms were designed by H. R. Giger, creator of the Alien. Confused yet?
  • Japanese film Battle Heater is about the rampage of a small electric space heater.
  • Snakes on a Plane follows this trope.
  • Frogs (kinda stupid since most of the victims meet their demise from animals other than frogs - turtles, lizards, snakes, spiders, alligators, birds, crabs and butterflies!)
  • Slugs, has man-eating slugs mutated by toxic waste.
  • Squirm, with its masses of biting worms.
  • The Brain &#; about a giant killer brain. Really. That's not the only killer brain film. We also have The Brain From Planet Aros and Fiend Without a Face.
  • The Ring. Killer videotapes! (Okay, it's a ghost USING a videotape, but)
  • Videodrome did it first. Snuff television gives you tumours!
  • The killer roach flick from the '80s called They Nest.
  • Creepshow features killer cockroaches in one scene.
  • A killer electromagnetic pulse causes appliances in a suburban neighborhood house to go all homicidal in the film called Pulse (a film from the 80's) The creep factor on Pulse was way up, especially due to the shower scene, because none of the appliances seemed to really be doing anything unexpected. It's actually quite plausible that your sink wouldn't stop running, or your water heater would get broken and the temperature would rise to scalding, or the washing machine/TV could give you a fatal shock.
  • Attack of the Killer Refrigerator and, in a similar vein, a film titled simply The Refrigerator. It's so corny, it's So Bad, It's Good, it's the fridge from hell's logic!
  • The Mangler (based on a short story published in the collection Night Shift), a killer laundry machine.
  • Monsturd, followed by its sequel RetarDEAD.
  • Monster House. It's right there in the title.
  • The film De Lift is centered around a killer elevator ("For God's sake, take the stairs").
  • The Rats (). A clan of evil rats overtakes a Manhattan department store and threatens to overrun the city. Proof that B-movies are not restricted to the s.
  • There was a similar film called Deadly Eyes back in the '80s, where mutated rats attack random people in a city.
  • There's Willard and its sequel Ben, both about killer rats.
  • Ticks, horror movie where cat-sized ticks in a forest jump on people and cause Body Horror.
  • A short parody of Night of the Living Dead () called Night of the Living Bread.
  • For attacks of man-eating piranhas see the movie Piranha.
  • For normal sea-life transformed into vicious carnivorous killers, look no further than the Italian C-movie Plankton () (a.k.a. Creatures from the Abyss, a.k.a. Sea Devils), where feeding on plankton poisoned by toxic waste has mutated fishes so that they can jump out of the water and eat sailors and a bunch of dumb tweens on a yacht. Nom, nom, nom.
  • Razorback is a film about a large man-eating feral pig rampaging through the Australian Outback.
  • The natural insanity of humankind is perhaps exemplified by the fact that there is actually more than one movie about psychotic ice cream men. Something Awfulreviewstwo of them. Both are somehow even more idiotic than they needed to be.
  • One-Eyed Monster is a film about a killer penis. We wish we were making this up.
  • Killdozer. Yes, an evil killer bulldozer. Sounds like the perfect date for Christine. It gets its evil via alien-life from another galaxy.
  • The Shaft: A killer elevator.
  • I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle. A shape-shifting, murderous motorcycle terrorizes Bob the Builder in Birmingham in this B-movie. Not quite Exactly What It Says on the Tin in that the title motorbike is actually a demon-possessed Norton Commando, but still awesome.
  • Lightning Strikes: The Sci-Fi Channel presents killer lightning.
  • Orca - Our adorable Shamu turned vengeful and bloodthirsty.
  • 's Day of the Animals - Probably the KING of this trope! There are wolves, dogs, rats, snakes, hawks, owls, mountain lions, and bears! Oh my!
  • Attack of the Sabertooth Oh no! A crazy saber-toothed cat is running amok in the forest! Even more oh no! They somehow convinced John Rhys-Davies to do this movie!
  • Frog-g-g! - also about frogs, but played humorously with a mutated frog having sex with female humans.
  • Mae bia - Thai film about a family attacked by a deadly cobra.
  • Mammoth - A meteor, bearing an alien, crash lands on a museum and resurrects the bones of a Mammoth. It rampages around and kills people by stepping on them. Beware his soul-sucking trunk of doom!
  • Killer Kitties:
    • Strays ()
    • The Uncanny ()
    • Black Cat ()
    • Eye of the Cat ()
    • Uninvited (). It's about a mutant cat that hides inside another cat and it is played by a handpuppet.
    • The Night of a Thousand Cats ()
  • The Red Shoes () - South Korean horror movie about evil, possessed high heel shoes. See here. Possibly related to the fairytale of the same name.
  • The Wig. When it comes to horror, there really is no limit on what the subject could be.
  • The Giant Claw. Earth is attacked by a Giant Antimatter Space Buzzard.
  • The Mad: Both Attack of the Killer Beef Patties and zombies (the people who ate said patties when they were made into hamburgers)! It's a horror comedy.
  • Jumanji was a movie about both a killer boardgame and a killer jungle where everything's trying to kill you.
    • Jumanji got a semi-sequel of its own, Zathura, which recycled the killer boardgame theme in space.
  • The Food of the Gods and its sequel. The first included giant wasps and rats attacking people on an island. The second featured giant rodents as well only they ran wild in a city, attacking everything they could find.
  • Quentin Dupieux's Rubber: A film about an angry car tire (no, really) with deadly psychokinetic powers, rolling down the desert exploding the heads of anyone it doesn't like. It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context.
  • Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead: Played for all the squick, potty humor, gorn, and black comedy it's worth.
  • Night of the Lepus. It's a movie about GIANT KILLER RABBITS. And they're adorable real bunnies jumping around in little sets, and then closed-up for maximum dramatic effect. You've never witnessed terror until you see a furball gnawing ketchup.
  • Road Train (Road Kill outside Australia) A movie about a spirit/demon possessed road train roaming the Australian Outback and demanding blood for fuel.
  • The Japanese horror film Premonition (unrelated to the Sandra Bullock-starring psychological drama of the same name) is about a killer newspaper. The newspaper predicts peoples' deaths before they happen by way of the obituary section. The trailer alone was so disturbing that a mother wrote in to a local, uh, newspaper, complaining that the trailer should not have been screened on jumbotrons in the middle of crowded streets. She was probably very right.
  • The Mailman ("Pray you're not on his route!")
  • From Noboru Iguchi, Dead Sushi. Bunch of killer sushi.
  • The later Amityville films featured such things as evil lamps, mirrors, and dollhouses.
  • The demonic turkey from Thanks Killing.
  • The horror-comedy Blades involves killings at a country club that turn out to be caused by a killer lawnmower.
  • The Paper Boy ("He's bad news!") Surprisingly unrelated to the aforementioned film The Mailman.
    • And now there's Rosewood Lane, another evil paper boy flick.
  • The giant snail creatures from The Monster That Challenged the World.
  • Rectuma. It's about a giant ass, and we don't mean a donkey (though that would also be strange).
  • There's actually three slasher films about evil baseball players - The Catcher, Billy Club and Devon's Ghost: Legend of the Bloody Boy.
  • Taken to the next level with maneating hamburgers in this animated short, "Hambuster".
  • Paper Jam is a short film about killer printers. You read that right.
  • Jaws, and it's Sequels. A Giant great white shark starts killing swimmers at the resort town of Amity. Eating people whole even. The Mayor tries to cover it up, but as the situation gets more and more dangerous a team looks into it and start hunting the shark. The sequels introduce new sharks, and the final film has a shark targeting the Ellen Brody character's family as "revenge".
  • Duel a made for TV movie directed by Steven Spielberg about a terrified motorist stalked on a lonely and remote road by a grimy and rusty Peterbilt tanker truck. Spielberg intentionally made the truck driver a mostly unseen character so the audience would see the truck as the true antagonist.
    • Remade in as Road Games, although in this version the killer van driver is caught at the end and sent to jail.
  • Sharknadocombines this withDisaster Movie in premise so preposterous that no one will be afraid of the dark, or water, or wind, as a result of it.
  • Due to the PCP in the city's water supply all manner of animals have gone crazy in Wild Beasts, mostly big cats from the local zoo.
  • The Brass Teapot is about an evil magical teapot. It’s implied to have brought down nations and empires.
  • Killer Mermaid (aka Nymph) is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Absentia is about an evil underpass.
  • The Mildew from Planet Xonader. Need this user say more?
  • Killer Pinata. The titular possessed pinata is even referred to as "the deadliest pinata of all".
  • Horror Anthology FilmStrange Events includes a segment called "The Toothbrush", about a killer electric toothbrush.
  • The Sand. Although to be fair, there is actually a giant alien jellyfish under the sand, but what we actually see is people getting sucked into the sand, so.


  • Some of the grimoires turn people into other tomes (thus killing them) in Pratchett's Discworld.
    • There's a short story in one of the Alfred Hitchcock story collections that uses that plot.
  • Terry Pratchett also used a swarm of "killer" rats, with the rat-king in The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. The titular rodents themselves (as well as Maurice, a talking cat) are all good guys, though.
  • The Day of the Triffids. In the film version, the only thing that gives the immobile killer plants a fighting chance is the fact that the meteor shower on which they arrive also blinds nearly everyone on Earth. In the original novel, it's a bit more sensical, as they were, when fully-grown, just barely mobile and the focus wasn't on them, but on the reaction of the survivors to the apocalypse to which the plants contributed, and the humans' attempts to cope. They didn't invade &#; people were farming them for their commercially-useful oil, then the strange blindness-causing meteor shower eliminates the ability to keep them from being a danger, and they started rampaging. It's still a good movie, though.
    • It isn't the only Attack of the Killer Whatever that John Wyndham wrote, either: Web, the inspiration for/prequel to the Arachnophobia movie(s) involves an island full of mutated spiders that are: a) more poisonous; b) have fangs/mandibles that are stronger and sharper than normal; c) more intelligent and d) have a rabidly cannibalistic, yet simultaneously highly co-operative society that apparently crosses species barriers. Oh, and some of them are as big as dogs. This troper wasn't particularly bothered by spiders before then, and it has taken many years to get even close to his pre-Web state.
  • H.P. Lovecraft's works:
  • Stephen King seems to be the master of this:
    • The short story "Trucks" in which trucks become sentient and attack their creators. Twice adapted for film, as Maximum Overdrive and again under its original title.
    • Christine, the infamous story of a homicidal (and rather possessive) car.
      • And From a Buick 8, which is about another evil car. Only this one isn't so much possessed as it is wrong.
      • And let's not forget the short story Mile 81, which is about another evil car. A car from space that eats people and is vulnerable to light.
    • The Mangler, which was spun off into a trilogy of movie adaptations - that's right, three movies about a killer laundry press. It's immobile, too, so it comes down to people being stupid enough not to learn to keep from walking up to the damn thing. Although the original short story implies the thing does become mobile, in a Twist Ending.
    • In various Stephen King short stories, he has had people attacked by novelty chattering teeth, paintings, a toy monkey, evil toads If it can be seen as even vaguely creepy by anybody in the Western world, chances are it's killed somebody in a Stephen King story.
    • In The Tommyknockers, there are myriad Killer Whatevers, which are ordinary devices adapted into death-dealers by the residents of Haven, in order to protect themselves from the outside world. These include a brush-trimmer, smoke detectors that fly like Frisbees and emit deadly ultrasonic sound, televisions that shoot fire, and a lumbering lb. Coke machine which crushes a man's skull and breaks his back.
  • In John Byrne's Fearbook, a catalogue that arrives in the mail convinces people to kill others or themselves.
  • There is actually a book called Attack of the Killer Potatoes, according to The Other Wiki. The tomatoes should sue.
  • The political satire The Year of the Angry Rabbit

The Cape May population swells in summer, by some estimates between 40 and 50, tourists. By Labor Day, though, the throngs of beach goers subside and a new group of visitors begins to replace them. The birders. Cape May, as you know, is Mecca for birds and birders each fall and New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory is the organization that serves both of them. Each year since CMBO has counted the hawks migrating over Cape May, en route for points south, from the Hawkwatch Platform at Cape May Point State Park. Since CMBO has counted the monarch butterflies migrating en route to Mexico, our second longest running monitoring project. Since we have had a paid counter positioned in Avalon to quantify the migration of southbound waterbirds, most recently from September 22 to December 22, sunrise to sunset, on the beach between 8th and 9th street at our new Seawatching Center constructed by our partners, the Borough of Avalon. Since we have staffed a daily count of visible songbird migration that occurs in the first hours after sunrise, from atop the "Higbee Dike" dredge spoil, at Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area. In short, CMBO has its finger on the pulse of migration in Cape May. But collecting data is only part of the equation, and just as important as collecting data, is connecting people to nature through our innovative programming. We, of course, do this throughout the year with our all-volunteer Associate Naturalists and Field Trip Leaders, but each fall we also bring on a crew of Interpretive Naturalist Interns in addition to our counting staff, to engage all of the visitors who come through Cape May during the autumn migration period. This great team of naturalists represent the future of conservation, and will forever carry forth the torch of New Jersey Audubon wherever they go from here.

Before the start of the season, we held the first "orientation week" in the history of these seasonal positions, and it was a roaring success. A mix of presentations and experiential learning, led by the region's top ornithologists, educators, conservationists and field naturalists, the Class of experienced a full immersion into Cape May migration ecology and interpretation. Now we'd like to introduce to you our Class of interpretive naturalist interns and counters, and hope you will come and visit them at the various count sites throughout the fall season!

In alphabetical order:

Jesse Amesbury &#; Interpretive Naturalist

I was born and raised in northern New Jersey, but have lived in Cape May County the last years, so I am no stranger to the magic of birding in Cape May. I became fascinated with birds at the age of 6 and have never looked back since. My passion for birds and wildlife brought me to Stockton University where I majored in Environmental Science. After graduation, I worked at Edwin B. Forsythe NWR, where I was involved in various marsh related studies involving sea level rise, as well as American Black Duck carrying capacity. For the past 2 years I worked with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ doing Piping Plover monitoring. When I'm not watching and photographing birds, I like playing basketball and tennis. 

Lindsey Brendel &#; Monarch Monitoring Project

Lindsey grew up on a farm in White Lake, Michigan and developed a love of nature early on. She attended Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan where she studied film, focusing on the genre of documentary. This is her third year working as a naturalist for the Monarch Monitoring Project in Cape May, New Jersey. Before heading to Cape May for the fall, Lindsey spent the summer working as a naturalist at the Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon, Colorado where she taught programs, lead guided hikes on Vail Mountain, and also gained her accreditation as a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation. Lindsey has also worked for New Jersey Fish and Wildlife as a field technician on their endangered non-game species team, monitoring endangered beach nesting birds along the Atlantic coast. When at home in Michigan, Lindsey is a volunteer at the Organization for Bat Conservation, where she has enjoyed learning about and taking care of insectivorous, fruit, and vampire bats. She is thrilled to be working as a naturalist once more for the Monarch Monitoring Project and for the chance to experience the magic of fall in Cape May.

Erik Bruhnke &#; Cape May Hawkwatch Counter

Erik Bruhnke has had a love for birds since he was a child. He graduated from Northland College in Wisconsin with a Natural Resources degree in Erik taught field ornithology various times at Northland College. During his first six fall seasons following college, Erik worked as an interpreter at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth, Minnesota and was a board member of the Duluth Audubon Society. He has counted migrating raptors at the Corpus Christi HawkWatch in Texas. Erik&#;s wildlife photography has won national awards, and his writings have been featured in Birder&#;s Guide via the American Birding Association, BirdWatching, and Birdwatcher&#;s Digest. Erik leads tours for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours as well as his own business, Naturally Avian Birding Tours. He loves to cook and bake in his free time, often while sipping bird-friendly coffee.

Glen Davis &#; Morning Flight Counter

Glen hails from Brooklyn, NY, but has called Cape May home for more than 16 years. Simply put, he loves living and birding here! Working for CMBO in the fall of (and subsequently in , , , and ) made the biggest of impacts on him. Glen has/has had lots of jobs: professional tour leader, biological consultant, start-up-tech-company tech, grad student, bartender, musician, school teacher, garbage man, veterinary technician to name a few. He has traveled, explored, and birded in 47 states and over 20 countries. Glen has worked seasonally for CMBO as a researcher, naturalist, and salesperson and is very excited to be returning for a third consecutive year as the fall season's official songbird counter with the Morning Flight Project. He resides and engages in BBQ in Cape May Point with his wife, Christina "Kashi" Davis. 

Kirsten Fuller &#; George Myers Naturalist

Hi, my name is Kirsten Fuller, and I am the George Myers Naturalist Intern this year. I am from Woodstown, New Jersey and a graduate of Rowan University. I have a bachelors degree in biology and a minor in secondary education. So far, I have truly enjoyed my time working for New Jersey Audubon, and my experiences here have strengthened my interest in becoming a science teacher in the future.

Meaghan Lyon &#; Seawatch Counter

I am a recent graduate from College of the Atlantic. I grew up along the coast of New Jersey watching shorebirds with my Mother. Since then, I have immersed myself in seabird research and monitoring efforts. For two seasons I studied breeding colonies of gulls, guillemots, and petrels on offshore islands in the Gulf of Maine. Most recently, I monitored Piping Plovers and Least Terns breeding on the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. Whether I am banding a seabird or observing through my binoculars, I always enjoy my time being in nature and watching birds. 

Tom Reed - Migration Count Coordinator
A 6th-generation area resident, Tom is one of very few birders who can truly call Cape May home. He discovered birds at the age of ten and was immediately captivated by the spectacle of migration that engulfs the Cape May area. Tom has traveled through much of North America since graduating Rutgers University in , with assignments that have ranged from wintering Piping Plover surveys in the Bahamas, to breeding bird atlas work in Wisconsin, to tour-guiding in Alaska, and of course, several fall seasons at Cape May. One of the area&#;s most in-demand birding guides, he has also appeared at various local and national birding events and represented CMBO at the Champions of the Flyway competition in Israel. In his spare time, Tom is a Regional Editor for the journal North American Birds, sits on the Board of Directors for the Hawk Migration Association of North America, serves as a statewide editor for eBird, and is a voting member of the New Jersey Bird Records Committee. Tom is perhaps the only person who has logged over 1, counting hours at both the Avalon Seawatch and Cape May Hawkwatch, and he was also responsible for developing the Cape May Springwatch, the area&#;s first full-time spring migration count. Tom&#;s leadership was instrumental in the creation of the Migration Count Coordinator position in , and CMBO is thrilled to have him return in that capacity for Fall

Maria Smith - Interpretive Naturalist

Maria is from Mount Airy, Maryland, and she grew up enjoying wildlife she found in her yard and on road trips with her dad. She recently graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, with a degree in Biological Sciences. Maria has enjoyed opportunities to travel and conduct field research on Black-throated Blue Warbler and Western Bluebird behavior. Her recent public outreach position at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology allowed her to share her love of birds and other wildlife with visitors through tours and trail walks. Maria is excited to be joining the naturalist team at CMBO and continuing to interact with the public. She hopes to study bird behavior in graduate school and begin a career involving teaching.

Diane Tassey &#; Monarch Monitoring Project

Diane is a veteran monarch enthusiast with many years of public school teaching which included a focus on cross-curricular monarch studies. She also travelled to Mexico with Dr. Bill Calvert to visit El Rosario and Chincua - two major monarch overwintering areas. With a Master 's Degree in Environmental Education, Diane has organized much community outreach. She also studied rainforest ecology in Belize, and was an Earthwatch participant in Washington to help restore salmon habitat. She has frequently visited Cape May during the fall to witness the monarch migration.

David Weber &#; Montclair Hawkwatch Counter

David grew up near Vineland, NJ. and has loved nature and animals his whole life. He recently graduated from Cornell University, where he took his birding skills to new levels, gained research experience with Acorn Woodpeckers, and traveled to other countries for classes. At Cornell he also worked for the eBird Team and lead tours and guided walks at the Lab of Ornithology. David is excited to fine-tune his raptor identification skills and contribute to a year dataset at the Monclair Hawkwatch. David intends to continue his education by seeking a Master's degree next year.