John Yerger has been birding for roughly a quarter of a century. 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 Pennsylvania State University. Along the way he participated in many research projects, on topics ranging from foraging ecology of Painted Redstarts in the Chiricahua Mountains to Tree Swallow behaviour 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 tours from the boreal to the neotropics, but primarily enjoys living and birding in southeastern Arizona with his wife, young son and their dog.
John is co-founder of Adventure Birding Company based from his home in Portal, Arizona. In between tours, he is a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician 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.
Updated: August 2018