Eagle Optics Staff
Kate Fitzmier is a Sport Optics Specialist and the Sales Manager at Eagle Optics. She began birding as a child after daydreaming about the Belted Kingfisher in her Golden Guide. Kate enjoys traveling and birding both in Wisconsin and around the world, and can usually be found somewhere outdoors with her family. Kate majored in Biology Education and Ornithology at Earlham College, and worked banding birds at observatories around the country before coming to Eagle Optics in 2004.
Parker Reynolds is the Eagle Optics Project Manager and started working here in 2011. He is a Sports Optics Specialist who assists with donations, online advertising, and the website. Whether birding in Costa Rica, exploring the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, or hiking the Bukhansan National Park in Korea, Parker has been passionate about the outdoors and its wildlife from a young age.
Mike McDowell has been an employee of Eagle Optics since 2000, and is an award winning birder and citizen naturalist. He has been documenting the avifauna of Pheasant Branch Conservancy in Middleton since the early 1990s. He began leading field trips for various nature advocacy groups in the spring of 2002. Mike is best known for his bird photography which can be found on his blog at www.birddigiscoper.com. He was the recipient of the 2012 Bronze Passenger Pigeon Award from the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, which is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in their local communities or in the state to promote the field of ornithology.
Adrian Lesak has been a birder since childhood and fondly recalls the early mornings of spring migration; birding while delivering newspapers and before the school bell rang. He has studied forest songbird communities for the US Forest Service in Washington and in Master’s and PhD research in Alabama and Wisconsin, respectively. Currently, as part of the Eagle Optics sales team, he has gained extensive knowledge and field experience with the latest optics from many of the leading manufacturers in the sport optics industry. Adrian enjoys the challenge and reward of pairing birders with the right optics for them to enjoy the pursuit and the passion for birds and birding he shares.
Laura Vance began working at Eagle Optics in the Fall of 2015. She is a Sport Optics Specialist who assists with donations and our educational programs, social media, Customer Care, and is also the Video Project Coordinator. Laura is devoted to this company, the customers, and her colleagues. She enjoys hiking, geology, and being outdoors to admire the beauty of nature.
Jodie Hernandez is a customer care specialist at Eagle Optics. She started working for Eagle Optics in January of 2015. Jodie has been working in customer service since she was 16. Taking care of customers and making sure that they are extremely happy with their experience is very important to her. She loves the outdoors and goes camping, hiking, and swimming every summer with her children. Jodie has lived in the beautiful state of Wisconsin her entire life and has no plans to leave.