Margaret DiBenedetto is a naturalist who has spent decades observing and working with wildlife and studying golden and bald eagles in New York State. She grew up on a dairy farm near Fleischmanns, where she still lives with her husband and two very loud dogs. Her hobbies include snorkeling, baking lasagna, and native gardening (for the birds).

She is a past contributing editor of The Times of Halcott, and also writes for the Andes Gazette.

DiBenedetto earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from SUCO Oneonta and studied Creative Writing at Sam Houston State University with Texas Poet Laureate Dr. Paul Ruffin.

She has served on the Board of Writers in the Mountains, and is currently a Trustee for the Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve. She also Chairs the Board of Directors for the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development.