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Brian Patteson

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 offsh...

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James Purcell

James Purcell has been birding since the age of nine when he got his first bird feeder in his Connecticut yard. He graduated from Cornell University in 2018 with a degree in Biological Sciences concentrating in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and spent his undergraduate career working closely with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology on several projects. He has recorded sound and video for the Macaulay Library in the United States and Australia and conducted independent research projects on the so...