Aaron insists that this Emperor Goose is countable. Photo by Dave Porter.
Aaron began birding in southern Minnesota at age 11 when the curious behavior of a Northern Flicker caught his eye. He’s been hopelessly addicted to birding ever since and his interest led him to bird-related work and travels in Brazil, Tibet, Thailand, and Bhutan. After college, degrees in environmental education and biology, and an interest in seeing the world led him to Cordova, Alaska where he worked as Education Director for the Prince William Sound Science Center. Life was good, but after three years in Cordova Aaron’s nagging passion for birds convinced him that he should leave his job and pursue feathered aspirations. Throw into the mix a chance encounter with Bob Dittrick and Lisa Moorehead, and Aaron found his dream job. After 11 years of leading tours for WBA, Aaron and his wife Robin became owners in 2013. They run WBA from their home in Homer, Alaska. Aaron has served on the Alaska Bird Checklist Committee since 2009 and was elected to the ABA Checklist Committee in 2015. When not leading birding tours he can usually be found out birding with his daughter, Phoebe.
“I want to compliment (and thank!) you for all your hard work in setting up such fabulous trips – and for the incredible guides you have. Aaron and Nan are incredible people and I learned a lot from both of them – and had another unspeakably fabulous time this summer!” N.H., Speedway, IN