Phyllis Kind retired from a career in academia at the George Washington University as Professor Emerita of Microbiology and Immunology and of Genetics. She holds a B.A. from the University of Montana and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
She moved to Whidbey Island in 1999 and began taking the Beach Watcher training course. She is a past president of the Whidbey Audubon Society and has served as chair of the Marine Resources Committee and the Northwest Straits Commission.
She is a cofounder of the Pigeon Guillemot Research Group started in 2004. She currently serves on the Board of the Whidbey/Camano Land Trust and is dedicated to preserving the rural atmosphere and the beautiful wildlife habitats on our islands.