Aidan (20) started his birding career while growing up on farm in rural Pennsylvania in the United States. It was there that he first became entranced 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 resided last year during a gap year in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina where he enjoyed learning the birds of the Western Palearctic on a deeper level. This fall he returned to the States and began college at Carnegie Mellon University where he is pursuing a degree in biology with aspirations to take his love of birds to the next level: professional.
It is a great honour for Aidan to be able to participate in Champions of the Flyway for a second year. He is particularly excited to be raising money for vulture conservation, as he fell in love with Old World vultures at first sight during his travels in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia.