Tom Reed grew up in Cape May County, New Jersey, where he picked up birding at a young age. Helped along by immeasurable support from his family, Tom spent much of his youth with binoculars in hand, sharpening field skills at one of the world’s greatest birding meccas with guidance from some of America’s finest birders. This solid foundation spurred Tom’s intense passion for bird study, particularly visible migration and trends in status & distribution.
TR completed his undergraduate work at Rutgers University in 2011 and has since traveled through much of North America, with assignments ranging from Piping Plover surveys in the Bahamas, to migration monitoring at Whitefish Point, to breeding bird atlas work in Wisconsin. He is a Regional Editor for the journal North American Birds, a two-term member of the New Jersey Bird Records Committee, an appointee to the Hawk Migration Association of North America’s Board of Directors, and recently joined the guide staff of Wildside Nature Tours. Tom’s involvement with NJ Audubon’s World Series of Birding began in 2000, and he has participated in the event 16 times. Since 2014 he has been a member of the SPNI Champions of the Flyway team, joining some of Israel’s best to participate in the Cape May County division of the WSB.
Tom still calls Cape May home, where he is one of the area’s most in-demand birding guides and spends part of the year as Migration Count Coordinator for the Cape May Bird Observatory, directing data collection & analysis at multiple monitoring projects. TR is very excited to make his second visit to Israel and COTF, but is equally eager to play a role in combating the illegal take of migratory birds in Turkey. Fans of the American Dippers are hopefully just as passionate about this cause. Please show your support and pledge the efforts of Tom and the Dippers!