Bill Thompson, III
BT3 is the editor and co-publisher of Bird Watcher’s Digest and its many booklets and newsletters. He’s also the author of the best-selling books Bird Watching for Dummies, The Young Birder’s Guide, and Identifying and Feeding Birds. He is the lead author of Identify Yourself: Birding’s 50 Most Common ID Challenges. Before he joined the BWD staff in 1988, Bill was a senior account executive at a New York City advertising/PR agency. A musician in his off-duty hours, his favorite bird is the red-headed woodpecker.
Elsa E. Thompson
Elsa’s nickname is “Catbird” and like the catbird, she is always talking or singing. She is one of BWD’s two founding publishers. It was her interest in birds that led the family into bird watching. Elsa helps BWD maintain its commitment to customer service, but her real role is as the BWD office den mother. Her favorite bird is the Carolina wren.
Bill Thompson, Jr.
A former newsman, college teacher and administrator, Bill co-founded Bird Watcher’s Digest in 1978 with wife Elsa. It was Bill’s desire to “be his own boss” that was the catalyst for the start of BWD. On January 25, 2011, Bill died after a short illness. BWD would not exist if it weren’t for Bill’s talent and determination. His favorite bird was the sora, a secretive marshland rail.
Andy is BWD’s co-publisher and director of sales. Prior to joining BWD in 1990, he worked in a Washington, D.C., think tank. In his free time Andy enjoys composing music, golfing, and speaking Spanish. His favorite bird is the prairie warbler.
Laura Thompson Fulton
Laura serves as Bird Watcher’s Digest’s marketing director. She has worked in a variety of fields, including customer service, marketing, and international travel. After unexpectedly finding a winter flock in her backyard pines, her favorite bird is the whitewinged crossbill.