ASNV Welcomes Two New Writers

The ASNV Communications Team welcomes Elise Brosnan and Lisa Mackem, two writers who will be contributing to the communications effort moving forward.

Elise Brosnan

I live in Annandale with my parents, my brother, and a very spoiled dog and (indoor) cat. I started birding with my family as a kid, and we always keep a pair of binoculars on the windowsill in case something interesting flies by. My favorite bird is probably the mourning dove, because of its low, haunting call, or the cedar waxwing because it’s pretty. I’m looking forward to doing some advocacy work while I develop my writing skills.

Lisa Mackem

I live in Reston, and enjoy the diversity of birds nearby. My husband and I like to identify the birds at our feeders and nesting around our house. The barred owls are our favorites, and they are frequent visitors. We have seen two seasons of barred owl chicks being raised in our neighborhood trees. Many of them don’t seem to mind posing for photos. I’m looking forward to getting to know more about the local birds and improving my birding skills.

We would like to thank our outgoing communications director Roger Di Silvestro for his seven months of dedication. We wish him the best of luck as he finishes writing his book.