Brian grew up in suburban Dallas where he began exploring the wild world in local creeks and parks. His childhood was occupied chasing butterflies and any animal that crossed his path. A wooden bird feeder kit sparked a flame that was stoked by the Golden Guide and family camping trips to various Texas state parks. Though birds are now his primary interest, he is captivated by all things wild. After college, Brian undertook a variety of field biology research jobs that have taken him to the Caribbean, the Bering Sea, and arctic Alaska. For many years Brian’s field research has involved banding, his most amazing recoveries were a female Wilson’s warbler that had been banded in Alaska, then found by Brian in Colorado, and a sooty tern that perished after a hurricane on the Texas coast; it had plied the Gulf of Mexico and the oceans of the world for 24 years. Brian’s recreational bird-seeking has taken him to Machu Picchu in Peru, the Great Wall in China, and the Himalayas in Nepal. He enjoys working with kids, hoping to spark environmental awareness through birds.