June’s Brown Bag Luncheon on Tuesday,  June 7  will Feature the following speakers:

Noriko and Don Carroll are a husband-and-wife creative team of media producers. Don has been exploring the world through medium of photography; erupting volcanos in Hawaii, shark feeding frenzy in the Bahamas, or hidden Himalayan villages, but when they moved from New York to Las Vegas in 2002, an unexpected project literally came to roost on their own back porch. Their hummingbird’s journey continues for over 10 years. Together, Noriko and Don wrote and illustrated Happy Birthday, the Cat. Don is also the coauthor of Focus on Special Effects. After completion of the book, First Flight, they produced the award-winning films, First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird’s Story and Secrets of the Hummingbird’s Tongue.

Author of:


First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird’s Story — Mar 2006 Andrews McMeel Publishing

First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird’s Story and Beyond — Sep 2016 Concept Images

Happy Birthday, the Cat — Mar 2002 Andrews McMeel Publishing

Happy Birthday, New York Koneko Monogatari (Japanese) — Dec 2003 Artist House

Focus On Special Effects — Nov 1982 Amphoto

Focus 2000, Photography Manual — 1980 Harcourt Brace


Film Award “First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird’s Story”


Best Independent Award at the 33rd International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula, Montana (May 2010)

-Merit Awards for Story Telling (IWFF, Montana)

-Merit Awards for Educational Value (IWFF, Montana)

-Merit Awards for Animal Behavior (IWFF, Montana)

-Merit Awards for Backyard Nature (IWFF, Montana)

Special Jury Award at the 7th Matsalu International Nature Film Festival, Estonia (2009)

FINALIST Children’s Choice Award at Wildscreen 2010 Bristol, England (Oct 2010)

FINALIST at the 21st Bird and Nature Festival Abbeville France (April 2011)

FINALIST at Festival international du film animalier Albert France (March 2011)

FINALIST at Green Screen Festival Eckernfoerde, Germany (Sep 2011)


Film Award “Secrets of the Hummingbird’s Tongue”


Nature People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Imagine Science Film Festival, New York City (Oct 2014)