Chris Hartzell


Board position:  1st Vice President, Sanderling editor

Occupation:  Fire Captain, Business Owner

other interests: Travel, Photography, Motorcycling, Scuba Diving

favorite bird:  Satyr Tragopan (never seen in the wild)

best bird sighting:  Lammergeier (2nd favorite bird) circling at 19,000 feet on Mt. Kilimanjaro

favorite local birding spot:  Laguna Grande park

favorite quote:  “I refuse to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death."

Chris Hartzell wears many hats. One hat is his work in Public Safety where he is a Fire Captain with over 2 decades in the fire service, a decade as a 9-1-1 Dispatcher, and 7 years with Sheriff's Search and Rescue. Another hat is his environmental activism, where he has participated in National and International conservation issues such as: offshore oil drilling, Rhino poaching, Shark Finning, and efforts to stop the Serengeti Highway among many others. His hat as adventurer and traveler has allowed him to explore over 20 countries and experience some of the most dramatic adventures, from Motorcycle racing at Laguna Seca raceway to getting married to his wife Ame on the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro to diving with Great White Sharks. He uses his international experiences when he wears the hat of a Photographer and business owner. 

Owning a small photography business,, his photographic work has been found in everything from magazines to calendars to advertisements to educational displays as well as leads field workshops and teaches photography classes. One of his most rewarding hats has been as an educator. A certified Instructor in the fire service, he has not only taught college courses, but also done many other educational presentations for different organizations and includes presenting to all ages, from 3 years and older. All of this stems from his hat as Naturalist. Starting very young, he has over 3 decades of studying animals and their environments and uses this knowledge when leading wildlife tours and field trips. Chris’ last hat is of a community participant. He has experience with multiple non-profits, including past President of a social service non-profit, event coordinator for National events, and brings all these skills and training to his current hat as Monterey Audubon’s 1st Vice President and the current Sanderling editor.


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