Todd has 25 years' experience as a birder and conservationist, and has lived in Marin County since 2001. He studied wildlife ecology and endangered species management at the University of Georgia. Todd has served on the boards of several Audubon Society clubs and led numerous bird hikes on both U.S. coasts. He worked as a wildlife biologist in the Sierra Nevada mountains. He is a published poet and an author of children's science books, and enjoys sharing his knowledge with birders of all ages. If he could hang out with one historical figure, it would be Alexander Wilson, pioneer naturalist and father of American ornithology.