Peggy Dickerson ~ Author (also, see the Illustrator bio, below)
Peggy Dickerson was born on the North Fork of Long Island. Her passion and expertise in the natural world is a result of a childhood immersed in nature and inspired by her legendary father, Paul Stoutenburgh. This led her to pursue a career in teaching. She taught at the Cutchogue East Elementary School for thirty years. During her years of teaching, she developed a variety of curriculums that highlighted the local environment, teaching children about the local flora and fauna and the variety of habitats on the east end of Long Island. Her article, "Living Off the Land," which was published in the journal, Science and Children, describes how to integrate local natural history into the school syllabus. Peggy was elected as a Southold Town Trustee—a government position to approve shoreline development with the specific mandate to preserve the shorelines. Peggy has taught undergraduate education students for Long Island University at Suffolk Community College in Riverhead, NY. She and her husband Bob have two children and five grandchildren. Her love of nature continues to be passed on as she teaches the same respect and awe of nature to the next generation of children.
Cynthia Wells ~ Illustrator
Cynthia Wells studied at California Institute of the Arts and is an internationally exhibited artist and animation filmmaker. Wells was the first woman to be nominated for an Annie Award for her film, Interview with Talullah, Queen of the Universe, in the categories of Outstanding Achievement in Animation and Achievement in a Short Film. Her second film, The Shadow of Doubt won six awards and played in 26 film festivals. Wells worked as supervising animator on Once Upon A Forest (20th Century Fox) and The Thief and the Cobbler (Miramax), and contributed animation for "Condor Man" (Disney). She has credits in over ninety films and commercials. Her oil on canvas paintings have been exhibited in San Francisco, Ottawa and Los Angeles. Print illustration credits include a cover for Pepperdine University Arts Brochure, and editorial drawings in the LA Weekly and the Malibu Times. Her sculpture includes works exhibited at the John David Rose Architect Studio, and two Peconic Land Trust "Birdhouse" exhibitions. View her portfolio at https://icewine.studio/art/