LeAnn owns promotes and leads Hill Country Adventure Tours. She was the Vice President of the Texas Bluebird Society from 2003 thru 2010. While VP LeAnn helped organize and put on the North American Bluebird Society Convention in San Antonio, TX in 2006. LeAnn teaches Bluebird & Other Small Cavity Nesting Bird Programs for Schools, Nature Centers, Civic Clubs, Master Naturalist and Audubon meetings. She leads Bluebird Trail tours and is a nature interpreter. LeAnn has presented Bluebird Programs and lead Bluebird Trail fieldtrips for Nature Quest since 2005. Nature Quest was LeAnn’s brainchild. LeAnn became the Nature Quest coordinator in 2009 and took over the entire event in 2011. LeAnn created and runs Hill Country Nature Center and her family’s Indian Blanket Ranch. She has been in the lodging business renting out private vacation homes and cabins along the Frio River and Utopia area since 1987, and in the Nature Tourism business since 1999.
www.hillcountrynaturecenter.com & www.indianblanketranch.com
Lee Haile grew up in this area of the Hill Country and has been interested in Birds all his life, and Medicinal Plants since high school. He earned his Degree in Entomology (bugs) in 1982 from TX A&M University. He was an Entomology Consultant for Farmers and Ranchers for 13years. In 1991 he purchased a Saw Mill for his woodworking business and his interest in large trees grew. Lee is a Certified Master Naturalist, Birder, and has come to appreciate how, “The Hill Country is the Biological Crossroads to North America.” Lee has been leading Nature, Birding, Natural History, Nature by Kayak, Big Tree, Frio Bat Flight Tours, and doing Cowboy Campfire Storytelling in our area for Hill Country Adventures since 2003. Lee is a Folklorist, Musician and Entertainer. He has performed at Dude Ranches, Schools, San Antonio’s Folklife Festival, and Sea World of Texas. In 2003 Lee was the Co-nominator of several Champion Trees in this area and one is the Largest Tree in Texas. Lee is one of the Frio Bat Flight Interpreters. Since April 2004 he has helped lead Nature by Kayak and Birding field trips, plus Storytelling and Entertaining for Nature Quest.