Meet The Guides

John YergerJohn Yerger has been birding since he was 8 years old.  His interest in birds developed into more of an obsession by high school, and led him to pursue a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science at Penn State University.  Along the way he participated in many research projects, on topics ranging from Painted Redstart foraging ecology in the Chiricahua Mountains to Tree Swallow behavior at Cornell University.  While John enjoys every bird from the drabbest common sparrow to the brightest rare warbler, he is equally engaged by many other aspects of natural history.  John has led trips from the boreal to the neotropics, but primarily enjoys living and birding in southeastern Arizona with his wife, young son and their dog.

John is a full-time tour leader for the Adventure Birding Company based from his home in Portal, AZ.  In between tours, he is a volunteer firefighter and EMT with Portal Fire and Rescue.  He has also served as a Board Member for the Arizona Field Ornithologists and the Friends of Cave Creek Canyon, as a member of the Arizona Bird Committee, and volunteers with the Tucson Audubon Society.

Most recent adventure: traversing central Bolivia from Amazonian lowlands to the high Andes on a whirlwind two week birding trip with friends (trip list: 350 species!)


John as guest on Science Friday:

Birding Into The New Year (John comes in at Time Remaining –11:00)

Trips led by John:

Lower Rio Grande Valley (south Texas)

Big Bend National Park (west Texas)

Southeast Arizona Specialties in Spring

Second Spring in Southeast Arizona: Monsoon Diversity