The Team Approach
Exciting times! I have recently been musing about moving the Birding Frontiers project to a more team-based approach. I am a big fan of teams = collaboration, different skill sets and experiences, plus the fun of working and learning together. So we are taking the plunge!
Let me introduce…
I asked these guys if they would consider being part of the Birding Frontiers team for the blog and I admit, I was bowled over by the enthusiastic responses, particularly from such a talented bunch. Nils v. D. hardly needs an introduction as the author of the very popular Advanced Bird ID books. Sam J. is engaged in some of the most exciting ornithological work on the planet. Tristan R. has modeled an inspiring ’whatever it takes’ attitude to conservation by surrendering his (upper) body to become a living billboard for Turkey’s birdlife. Tormod A. is a guy who, together with his wife Elin, has a wonderfully holistic vision for the people and wildlife of Varanger in Arctic Norway. Chris G. has been pushing the boundaries of bird identification, particularly in regard to gulls and surpassed me some time ago. Roger R. one time warden of the famous ‘Fair Isle Bird Observatory’ is also one of Britain’s most prolific rare bird finders, and writes with great ‘pazazz’. Dani L-V. one of the most exciting young(er) birders I have come across (think Black-bellied Storm-petrel off Lanzarote, Sept. 2011).
I have great respect for each one. I think there are some fascinating topics and posts to come. I will let them introduce themselves in a little more detail with a reminder of who I am at the end ; )
It’s an honour to join Martin Garner and the Birding Frontiers Team. My name is Dani López-Velasco, and I am a 25 year old, life-long and very enthusiastic birder, from the northwest coast of Spain. I´ve been very interested in bird ID forever! Seabirding, gulls and rarities have been an important part of my life, the latter mainly after discovering the 3rd Desert Wheatear for Spain when I was 10, and working on the Spanish Rarities Committee since I was 18. I’m also very keen on global birding; South America being my favourite destination. I have recently qualified as a Medical Doctor and also started working as a worldwide bird guide for Birdquest. My contributions will include little known southern European bird subjects, seabirds and my global travels.
I hope you enjoy all the team member´s contributions!
Roger Riddington has lived in Shetland for 20 years, following a birding apprenticeship in Lincolnshire. He became editor of British Birds in 2001 and that job is currently still keeping him occupied and at a computer for more hours of the day than is healthy. As a result of having a desk job, he is not an avid blog-reader in his spare time; this is his first foray into the world of blogging and he is very unsure whether he should be following this course rather than learning more about the Islay malts. He is married to Agnes, who brought two step-sons into his life, both of them joyful and precious darlings, and one of them is even into birds. Roger is a virtuoso mouth trumpet player and lives in hope of being asked to play live with the Malachy Tallack band. He promises to keep his blog posts more focused and less rambling than this biog…
It is great to join Martin and other members of the team on Birding Frontiers. For me, the great thing about birding is that it can be enjoyed in so many different ways. I have ambled through periods of twitching, patch birding and world listing, and enjoy the birds, the places and the birding scene. I guess like many birders, I have always maintained a core interest in identification. Our knowledge of identification seems to be developing so rapidly that keeping pace can be tricky, but thanks to sites like Frontiers, up-to-date summaries and informed discussion of today’s birding hot potatoes are accessible to us all. Consequently I’m very pleased to be invited to join the team, and hope that I can contribute something useful from time to time.
I am a birder and architect living in Arctic Norway’s Varanger Fjord. I run the architectural practice Biotope – and I bird! I work full-time with pro-nature projects in Norway: designing bird hides, wind shelters, nature trails, outdoor amphitheatres, working with local schools and helping tour operators from abroad. I am passionate about making birds and birding accessible to more people. I love living in a place where I wear my binoculars as a tie and I can study Steller´s Eiders from my office window! Arctic Norway is a real frontier and the explorative and open-minded attitude of the Birding Frontiers blog quickly made this a favourite website to visit.
I am honoured to join the Birding Frontiers team, and I hope to inspire others, sharing stories of birding adventures and bird related development.
I am delighted to be joining the team at Birding Frontiers. I should start by telling you a bit about myself. My name is Tristan Reid I am a passionate birder, naturalist, conservationist and father. I run the website The ‘Inked Naturalist’ and co-run the conservation mouth piece ‘Talking-Naturally’. I look forward to the input from other team members and I do have a drive to learn and ask questions. My interests within bird identification are vast, but I like the challenge of tricky groups and I also have a great interest in sub species. I ask a lot of questions, there are not always answers, but this is how we open our mind to learn!
I hope you enjoy my contributions and I look forward very much to engaging with you!
My name is Sam Jones. I am a young researcher at the start of my career in conservation biology. I have been an avid birder/ornithologist and naturalist for as long as I can remember. I have worked on expedition teams in a number of countries worldwide, including work on some of the least studied species in the world. I have had a long fascination in the frontiers of such work especially in ornithologically unexplored areas. I am also keenly interested in the ethno-zoological conflicts that often drive activities which degrade the environment. My vision is to continue to be involved in pioneering research that mixes the rigour of applied science, while making discoveries highly accessible through multimedia.
I am currently involved with the Heart of Borneo Project, based in the Murung Raya province of Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo.
Nils van Duivendijk
I am particularly honored and delighted that I will join this great team. I have very much enjoyed the Birding Frontiers blog from the start and it already contains so many interesting items. My contributions will mostly be in line with ID issues. Often it will be ‘work in progress’ and I hope readers will have an input where they can so that together we might come to a better understanding. My focus on bird-ID is of the widest form (but mainly within the Western Palearctic); be it the breeding-type tertial patterns of dabbling duck females or the calls of a Gray’s Grasshopper Warbler: it’s all exciting!
Since I come from the Netherlands I think I will sometimes include interesting or funny things from the birding community of this side of the North Sea.
I have been married to Sharon for 22 years and we have 2 teenage daughters, Emily and Abigail, who are now in near-adult plumage. I’ve been watching wildlife avidly since about 11 years old (a long time ago!). I love wild places and new discoveries, whether on a far-flung island or in my own garden. I started ‘Birding Frontiers’ as a place to share what I was learning and hopefully inspire others to do the same.