Eric enjoys sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge, especially about identification, with birders of all ages and experience levels. After beginning birding at the age of ten in Indianapolis, Indiana, he went birding every chance he had throughout his childhood – from many spectacular migratory hotspots in the Great Lakes region to the Pacific coast and beyond. Eric has also spent time birding in a number of tropical locations throughout Latin America. During university and after graduating from Indiana University with a degree in Biology, Eric conducted bird surveys for multiple organisations throughout the western United States. He has also spent an autumn migration season banding migratory birds in Idaho, was recently on a team of researchers monitoring a nesting colony of Caspian terns over the summer on the Oregon Coast, and has completed his fourth season as the autumn waterbird counter at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. As well as leading tours, Eric is currently living in Louisiana doing shorebird surveys on the Gulf Coast and assisting on a Masters/PhD project on brown pelicans.