Luke Seitz’s birding career took off when a brilliant male Scarlet Tanager graced his Connecticut yard when he was only six years old. Birds then became an all-encompassing focus and he hasn’t looked back since. Luke graduated from Cornell University in 2016 with a degree in philosophy, although much of his time there was spent painting birds and working at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Luke’s interest in Neotropical birding started at age 14 with a week-long stint in northwest Ecuador. Since then, he hasn’t been capable of staying home for very long. He has spent substantial time exploring the nooks and crannies of the Andes and Amazon, enjoying brilliant hummingbirds and tanagers but also the subtleties of tyrannulets and ovenbirds. More recently, Luke has continued expanding his interested in global birding with expeditions to Australia, China, Southeast Asia, and Ethiopia, although South America will always hold a special place in his heart.
One of Luke’s strongest bird-related interests is illustration. He started doodling at a young age, which gradually progressed into more detailed scientific artwork. Especially enthralling is the challenge of sketching birds in the field. His illustrations have been used in many publications including “Birding” and “Birder’s Guide” magazines, and as logos for the World Series of Birding and eBird’s Global Big Day initiative.
Luke currently serves as a member on the Maine Bird Records Committee. In addition to birds, he has a keen interest in gymnastics, dry riesling, and the music of Bruce Springsteen.
- Costa Rica in Spring (Mar 12-26, 2017)
- Peru - The Northwest: Chiclayo to Cajamarca - Birding in Chachapoyas Territory (Jun 24 to Jul 5, 2017)
- Ecuador: Mindo and the Northwest Andes (Jul 10-18, 2017)
- Chile: Tierra del Fuego to the Atacama Desert (Dec 1-17, 2017)
- Guyana (Jan 23 to Feb 5, 2018)
- Honduras: Pico Bonito Lodge, Lago de Yojoa, and La Tigra (Mar 14-23, 2018)
- Guatemala (Apr 6-15, 2018 with extension to 18 Apr)NEW
- Study in White: Polar Bears and Ivory Gulls of Svalbard (Jun 2018)NEW
Updated: July 2016