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
Apr 13-23, 2018 with Eric Hynes & Doug Gochfeld
A short tour to seek out the state's prairie-chicken and grouse species.
May 26 - Jun 3, 2018 with Eric Hynes & Cory Gregory
A late-spring tour for warblers, boreal specialties, puffins, "lobstah," and more.
Mar 3-9, 2019 with Eric Hynes & local guide
A quick adventure in search of Jamaica's 27 endemics and numerous regional specialties at Green Castle Estate.
May 18-26, 2019 with Eric Hynes & Mitch Lysinger
A fresh May itinerary for inspiring western birding from the famous Snake River and its birds of prey to the spectacular Sawtooth Mountains.
Sep 9-17, 2019 with Eric Hynes
A new September itinerary at a beautiful season in Maine for coastal migrants and pelagic birds, with a good chance for skuas.