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"Eric is very responsive to both individual and group needs, has an excellent eye for finding species, and appears to be an excellent addition to the staff of Field Guides."

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The star of the quest on our Louisiana: Yellow Rails & Crawfish Tails tour: the much-wanted Yellow Rail! (Photo by guide Jesse Fagan)
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ERIC HYNES: Field Guides Leader

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 Colorado, Maine, Jamaica, and Idaho, 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

Oct 25-29, 2018 with Dan Lane & Eric Hynes
Late-autumn tour on the Gulf Coast targeting Yellow Rails and other migrants and wintering species of the region.
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 11-20, 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.

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