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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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Erin Pierce

Erin Pierce serves as the Golden-wing Society Manager at the Cornell Lab. The first bird to catch her ear was a jovial Wood Thrush singing in the deep woods of Pennsylvania. While Erin holds degrees in geography and geographic information systems from Penn State University and a masters in geography from Ohio University, she is worthless at naming capitals! She has pursued a passion for environmental outreach and conservation through her career with local land trusts and river conservation or...

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Alejandro Pinto

Alejandro Pinto is a biologist from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He is an experienced bird researcher since 2010 and has been a professional tour guide for four years. Alejandro’s main focus is birding in the Andes, the Bogotá Savanna area, and the Colombian flatlands. He was coordinator of GOUN (Ornithology Group of National University of Colombia) from 2011–2012, leadership member in XXVI National Encounter of Ornithology in San Jose del Guaviare, and National Co...

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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...