John Yerger photo 2012

John Yerger

John Yerger has been birding for roughly a quarter-century.  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 EMT and wildland firefighter with Portal 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: Birding in Taiwan!  Although many of us think of it as a manufacturing country, it was amazing to learn that Taiwan is actually 50% forested...also enjoyed finding 26 of 27 endemics.



Interviews with John

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

This Birding Life: More Birding Stories and Birding Taiwan


Trips with John (in conjunction with Borderland Tours)

New Mexico (17-25 February 2018)

Honduras: The Lodge at Pico Bonito (24-30 March 2018)

West Texas: Big Bend & Edwards Plateau (4-13 May 2018) – Edwards Plateau pre-tour optional (4-6 May)

Arizona Owling Run & Tucson pre-tour (13-20 May 2018) - Tucson pre-tour optional (13-16 May)

Iceland: Land of Fire & Ice (1-10 June 2018)

Alaska in Autumn: Wildlife Spectacle (1-9 September 2018)

Colombia: Crown Jewel of the Bird Continent (1-21 October 2018)