Brian Patteson

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Brian Patteson grew up near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, but has a keen interest in seabirds, which began over 30 years ago when he started organizing pelagic trips off the coasts of Virginia and North Carolina. In 1995, Brian moved to Hatteras, North Carolina in order to run a more extensive schedule of birding trips to the Gulf Stream. Since that time, thousands of birders have traveled to the Outer Banks to participate on these trips. In addition to providing an exciting day offshore and encounters with some otherwise nearly impossible to see species, Brian’s trips have helped redefine our knowledge about seabird distribution in the western North Atlantic. As a result, some species such as the Bermuda Petrel, which were previously unknown, are now known to be regular visitors to the waters off Cape Hatteras. In 2006, Brian, a U.S.C.G. licensed master to 100 gross tons, began running nearly all of these trips on his own boat. When he is not leading birding trips, Brian runs fishing charters and cruises aboard the Stormy Petrel II. He also relishes the occasional trip to the Southern Ocean, as albatrosses are few and far between in the North Atlantic.