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Chris Chappell

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Chris Chappell has been birding and leading birding field trips for over 40 years, beginning in Washington state where he grew up. He has a particular gift in the realm of ‘birding by ear’, a skill which he continuously works to hone. His birding and field adventures have taken him all over the western U.S., Latin America, Asia, and most recently, intensively exploring the Sky Islands region of SE Arizona. Chris studied ornithology intensively in college and has worked on a variety of field ornithological research projects for several universities and agencies. He has a Masters degree in Ecosystems Analysis, worked for many years as a Vegetation Ecologist for the Washington Natural Heritage Program, and integrates his knowledge and interests in bird behavior, bird habitats, and vegetation into his guiding. He is a skilled educator and has taught birding by ear to Audubon Master Birders, ornithology and wildlife biology to college students, and bird identification and census techniques to agency staff.

Chris runs Take Flight Birding and Nature Adventures. See for more info. He loves to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for birds and nature, savor the beauty and wonder of birds with others, and participate in the adventure of new discoveries.