Erik Bruhnke

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Erik Bruhnke has had a love for birds since he was a child. He graduated from Northland College in Wisconsin with a Natural Resources degree in 2008 and taught field ornithology for various semesters while there. As a devoted raptor nerd, Erik is drawn to hawkwatches. He worked as an interpreter for six seasons at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth, Minnesota; has counted migrating raptors at the Corpus Christi HawkWatch in Texas; and was the 2016 hawk counter at the Cape May Hawkwatch in New Jersey. Erik’s avian field experiences have taken him throughout Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, North and South Dakota, Maine, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and western Canada. Erik’s wildlife photography has won national awards, and his writings have been featured in Birder’s Guide via the American Birding Association, BirdWatching, and Bird Watcher’s Digest. When not traveling the country leading field trips and speaking at various birding festivals, Erik splits his time between the tropics of South Texas and the Northwoods of Minnesota. He loves to cook and bake in his free time.