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  • Ribbon-tailed Astrapia is one of the many fantastic birds-of-paradise we can find on our Papua New Guinea tours. [Photo by participant Francesco Veronesi]
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    "Eric Hynes has great eyes and ears, was very friendly and helpful, was quick to get on the birds, and popular with all participants. You would do well to use him as often as you can!"
    - A. S., COLORADO GROUSE

  • Jamaican Woodpecker is one of 27 species of birds endemic to the island. Our Jamaica tour aims to see them all. (Photo by guide Eric Hynes)
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Eric Hynes

Eric Hynes has been fascinated by birds and passionate about birding since he first heard the ghostly wailing of a Common Loon at summer camp in Maine more than 30 years ago. Upon completion of his B.S. at the University of Vermont, where he studied environmental studies and wildlife biology, Eric began a serious endeavor as a bird hobo that lasted more than a decade. His travels ranged across the U.S. with a number of trips to Central America as well. During this quest, Eric did everything from monitoring breeding raptors in the Snake River Canyon, to guiding for two summers in Alaska on St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs, to ground squirrel rustling in Montana, to owl banding and hawk counting in Pennsylvania.

Getting married to Christine helped settle Eric into a fulltime position at Maine Audubon but not until after a birding trip to Panama cleverly disguised as their honeymoon. As the staff naturalist and adult education coordinator, Eric taught numerous bird identification workshops and led field trips locally and abroad for Maine Audubon. His positive energy and infectious enthusiasm for all things wild has drawn many a convert to birding and conservation. Eric served several terms on the Maine Bird Records Committee.

Eric and his family recently relocated to Telluride, Colorado where he focuses on tracking down Gunnison Sage-Grouse and rosy-finches as a scout in-residence for the Colorado Grouse tour.

Eric will be guiding departures to Maine, Jamaica, and Iceland, as well as doing some work behind the scenes while he's not on tour.

You might also enjoy seeing more of Eric's photos online:
Eric's Flickr photo site



Eric's Upcoming Tours

JAMAICA
Feb 25 - Mar 3, 2018 with Eric Hynes & local guide
A quick adventure in search of Jamaica's 27 endemics and numerous regional specialties at Green Castle Estate.
COLORADO GROUSE
Apr 13-23, 2018 with Eric Hynes & Doug Gochfeld
A short tour to seek out the state's prairie-chicken and grouse species.
MAINE: BIRDING DOWNEAST
May 26 - Jun 3, 2018 with Eric Hynes & Cory Gregory
A late-spring tour for warblers, boreal specialties, puffins, "lobstah," and more.
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    Eric Hynes has been fascinated by birds and passionate about birding since he first heard the ghostly wailing of a Common Loon at summer camp in Maine more than 30 ...Read complete biography

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  • Baobab in the spiny forest, Madagascar, by participants Rob and Eve Gill
  • We love guiding tours
    and it shows.
    We gauge a tour's
    success not by birds
    seen or the revenue
    generated but by
    the smile on your face
    at tour's end.
    Tours are not scientific
    expeditions -
    they are vacations.
  • Client Comment

    "Eric Hynes has great eyes and ears, was very friendly and helpful, was quick to get on the birds, and popular with all participants. You would do well to use him as often as you can!"
    - A. S., COLORADO GROUSE

  • Jamaican Woodpecker is one of 27 species of birds endemic to the island. Our Jamaica tour aims to see them all. (Photo by guide Eric Hynes)
  • Our Guides are the single most important aspect of Field Guides birding tours. Our experienced leaders are not only highly skilled birders but also fun-loving people who geniunely enjoy guiding and take pride in making your tour a pleasant experience.
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