Aidan (19) started his birding career while growing up on farm in rural Pennsylvania in the United States. It was there that he first fell in love with nature and particularly everything to do with birds. Since then, his love of birding has taken him everywhere from the steaming jungles of Panama to the barren steppes of Kazakhstan.
Aidan’s particular birding interests include world birding (but this will be his first time in the Middle East!) as well as birding by ear and photography. He is also one of the editors of the American Birding Association’s young birder blog, The Eyrie, and writes his own personal birding blog, The Birding Place.
Aidan’s other interests include history, particularly that of the Balkans and former Ottoman Empire. In fact, he is currently residing during a gap year in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina where he has been enjoying learning the birds of the Western Palearctic on a deeper level. After this year, he aims to go to university in the US where he will pursue biology and a career in ornithology.
It is a great honour for Aidan to be able to participate in Champions of the Flyway. He is particularly excited to be raising money for conservation efforts in Croatia and Serbia, countries part of his beloved Balkan Peninsula, and not far from his current home in Bosnia.