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Eric Ripma

Eric enjoys sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge, especially about identification, with birders of all ages and experience levels. After beginning birding at the age of ten in Indianapolis, Indiana, he birded every chance he had throughout his childhood. Birding has led him from spectacular migratory hotspots in the Great Lakes region to the Pacific coast and beyond. Eric has also spent time birding in many tropical locations throughout Central and South America.

He has worked for numerous bird-related projects including bird banding in the United States and Belize, monitoring breeding Caspian Terns in Oregon, counting migrating waterbirds at Whitefish Point, Michigan, and conducting shorebird surveys on Louisiana’s barrier islands. He is currently living in Louisiana guiding birding tours throughout the Americas for Sabrewing Nature Tours, assisting on a PhD project studying Royal Terns and Black Skimmers, and conducting shorebird surveys in his spare time.

Upcoming Events

April 2023
April 21 @ 5:30 am - 5:30 pm

We'll spend the majority of the morning birding Cattail Marsh in Beaumont. This 900-acre freshwater marsh complex provides great habitat for many migrant and breeding species. Birding the boardwalk and driving the levee roads around the marsh, provides close views of many species. Soras, Purple Gallinules, and Least Bitterns can be unusually numerous. Migrant shorebirds can be seen in large numbers if mudflats are available, and flocks of egrets and herons feed in the marsh. And if we look up, we…

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