Our Staff

IMG_0834Tricia Blake
, Director & ASI Founder, Tricia.Blake@aksongbird.org

Raised in the deciduous forests and salt marshes of New England, Tricia grew up camping and exploring the outdoors. Her undergraduate studies in ecology brought field work on everything from turtles and coyotes to bats and birds–from Cape Cod to Queensland, Australia. She moved west and north, looking for wild places to work and play, and discovered a love of teaching along the way. She led backcountry and camping trips for kids and families from Massachusetts to Oregon, and eventually ventured north to Alaska where she led the the Alaska Bird Observatory’s education program for almost a decade.

In 2013, Tricia founded the Alaska Songbird Institute with April Harding Scurr. Today she coordinates ASI’s day-to-day administration, operations, and finances, as well as the youth mentoring program, high school internships, Swallow Ecology Project, K-12 field trips, and outreach projects.

Tricia holds a B.S. in Biology from Boston College and an M.S. in Ecological Education from Lesley University.



CFMS 2013 work camera 036April Harding Scurr, Science Director & ASI Founder, April.HardingScurr@aksongbird.org

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest of Oregon in a small town between the coast and Portland, April spent hours exploring the natural world around her.  April’s education and field work took her all over western Oregon and northern California, where she worked with fabulous people from all over the world in beautiful places, studying songbird breeding and migratory ecology. She moved up to Alaska in 2005 to take a seasonal job with the Alaska Bird Observatory at the Creamer’s Field Migration Station and ended up staying. She worked seasonally for the Alaska Bird Observatory on a variety of projects through 2012.

In 2013 April founded the Alaska Songbird Institute with Tricia Blake. Today she coordinates the Creamer’s Field Migration Station and volunteer program. April also leads ASI’s scientific advisory committee and fundraising committee.

April  holds a B.S. in Zoology from Oregon State University and an M.S. in Natural Resources in Wildlife from Humboldt State University.




Carol Scott, North for Science Coordinator, Carol.Scott@aksongbird.orgAt Galbraith Lake

Originally from Great Britain, Carol Scott now calls Alaska home. Carol has always loved learning about the natural world, and is passionate about sharing knowledge and finding ways to engage students in relevant, active learning. Although Carol has worked as a high school and junior high school classroom science teacher for 20 years (the past 17 in Fairbanks), she came to teaching through her work with students in field science and trail construction programs.  When not working with students, Carol spends as much time  as she can hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, skiing or floating.

Carol holds a B.S. in Hydrology, a B.S. in Environmental Conservation, and an M.S. in Natural Resources Management.


Tawna Morgan, Research Assistant, Bander

TCM_ASI_PhotoTawna began working at the Creamer’s Field Migration Station in 2008. Before moving to Alaska she worked throughout the world on various avian ecology and behavior projects. She earned a Master’s in Biology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks studying Ruffs, and since then has been exploring the ecology and natural history of Alaska through various research projects. Tawna’s research interest include avian ecology and behavior, data science, and developing apps for data collection.