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WINGS Tour Leaders – John Yerger

John Yerger

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John Yerger has been birding for roughly a quarter-century.  His interest in birds developed into more of an obsession by high school, and led him to pursue a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science at Penn State University.  Along the way he participated in many research projects, on topics ranging from Painted Redstart foraging ecology in the Chiricahua Mountains to Tree Swallow behavior at Cornell University.  While John enjoys every bird from the drabbest common sparrow to the brightest rare warbler, he is equally engaged by many other aspects of natural history.  John has led trips from the boreal to the neotropics, but primarily enjoys living and birding in southeastern Arizona.

John is co-founder of Adventure Birding Company based from his home in Tucson, AZ.  Along with guiding, John works as an environmental consultant. For several recent summers he served as a wildland firefighter and crew EMT with the Craig Hotshots. He has also served as a Board Member for the Arizona Field Ornithologists and the Friends of Cave Creek Canyon, as a member of the Arizona Bird Committee, and volunteers with the Tucson Audubon Society.


Updated: March 2023