John Yerger photo 2012

John Yerger

John Yerger has been birding for nearly three decades.  His interest in birds developed into more of an obsession by high school, and led him to pursue a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science at Penn State University.  Along the way he participated in many research projects, on topics ranging from Painted Redstart foraging ecology in the Chiricahua Mountains to Tree Swallow behavior at Cornell University.  While John enjoys every bird from the drabbest common sparrow to the brightest rare warbler, he is equally engaged by many other aspects of natural history.  John has led trips from the boreal to the neotropics, but primarily enjoys living and birding in southeastern Arizona with his wife and young son.

John is a full-time tour leader for the Adventure Birding Company based from his home in Portal, AZ.  In between tours, he is a volunteer EMT and wildland firefighter with Portal Rescue.  He has also served as a Board Member for the Arizona Field Ornithologists and the Friends of Cave Creek Canyon, as a member of the Arizona Bird Committee, and volunteers with the Tucson Audubon Society.

Most recent adventure: Birding in Iceland!  Breeding bird behavior was fascinating, and the landscape is simply beyond words.  One pleasant surprise was discovering the second Icelandic record of Arctic Loon – which might sound odd for a sub-Arctic island, but apparently there is a gap in their range between Europe and North America.

 

 

Interviews with John:

Science Friday: Birding Into The New Year (John comes in at Time Remaining –11:00)

This Birding Life: More Birding Stories and Birding Taiwan

 

Trips with John:

Honduras: Highlands to Copan Ruins (16-23 February 2019)

Hawaii: A True Birding Vacation (15-25 March 2019)

Taiwan: Gateway to Asia (14-26 October 2019)