Get to know the delightful flora and fauna of your valley in small group walks with Eric Hynes the first Wednesday of every month from 8:00 to 10:00 am from May through August. Also two Saturday walks on July 23rd and August 20th.
Aug 20: meet at Mill Creek Road off of the spur and we will check out the gambel oak and ponderosa pine habitat
Eric Hynes has been fascinated by birds and passionate about birding since he first heard the ghostly wailing of a Common Loon at summer camp in Maine more than 30 years ago. Upon completion of his B.S. at the University of Vermont, where he studied environmental studies and wildlife biology, Eric began a serious endeavor as a bird hobo that lasted more than a decade. His travels ranged across the U.S. with a number of trips to Central America as well. During this quest, Eric did everything from monitoring breeding raptors in the Snake River Canyon, to guiding for two summers in Alaska on St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs, to ground squirrel rustling in Montana, to owl banding and hawk counting in Pennsylvania.
Getting married to Christine helped settle Eric into a full-time position at Maine Audubon but not until after a birding trip to Panama cleverly disguised as their honeymoon. As the staff naturalist and adult education coordinator, Eric taught numerous bird identification workshops and led field trips locally and abroad for Maine Audubon. His positive energy and infectious enthusiasm for all things wild has drawn many a convert to birding and conservation. Eric served several terms on the Maine Bird Records Committee.
Eric and his family joined the Telluride community in the summer of 2016 and now runs his own guiding business, Box Canyon Birding