About Andy McGann

Birding since the young age of 10, Andy has an M.S. in biology from the College of William and Mary. His graduate work included a thesis on the winter ecology of Rusty Blackbirds and projects on the movement of toxic mercury pollution through a riparian food web in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Prior to that, he earned a B.S. in biology and an environmental studies concentration from Villanova University, with undergraduate research projects on Black-capped and Carolina Chickadee hybridization and the conservation of the potentially-extinct Cozumel Thrasher in Mexico. In the past 12 years, Andy has worked on many projects in several states, including the Second Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas project, Northern Goshawk surveys in Idaho, Canada Warblers nesting in Vermont, and environmental consulting in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska. Andy was also the first recipient of the Ned Smith Center's saw-whet owl banding internship.

A top-notch birder, he once placed second in the World Series of Birding with Drew Weber, Mike Lanzone, and other members of the PA Breeding Bird Atlas point count survey crew. He has enjoyed leading birding tours for the Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) organization, in Cape Charles, Virginia and the Great Dismal Swamp. He serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology and is an active committee member with his local land conservancy.

Andy currently works for Cellular Tracking Technologies, a communications technology company founded to serve the needs of wildlife researchers and conservationists. CTT specializes in machine-to-machine communications hardware and software solutions for low-cost worldwide data delivery via global cellular networks. Lightweight, solar-powered, energy-thrifty, and rugged, these devices are attached to wild animals and high-value assets for long-term remote GPS tracking. At CTT, Andy applies his ornithological expertise, love of technology, and appreciation for geography to help wildlife researchers and organizations around the world obtain the GPS tracking information they need.

Posts by Andy McGann:

Grounbreaking rendering of the airflowing over the surface of the earth. This site is seriously worth exploring. It's magnificent.

See the weather in a whole new way

Savvy birders are meteorologically astute. They keep an eye out for what may be arriving with the next airmass, wrung out of the skies by an approaching front, or even…

Mike Lanzone, Bob Fogg, and John Puschock scan the ocean! (Photo by Andy McGann)

NC PSO Hatteras Pelagic Trip, part 2

On August 9-13 the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology had an out-of-state field trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. A total of 35 participants ventured down to NC for…

Black Skimmer putting a show on for the group, it was just several meters in front of the group passing back and forth showing a juv. skimmer how to skim! 
Photo by Mike Lanzone

NC PSO Hatteras Pelagic Trip – Part 1

On August 9-13 the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology had an out-of-state field trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. A total of 35 participants ventured down to NC for…

Long-eared Owl

Photographing Roosting Owls: How To Know You’re Doing It Right

A sleepy owl is a happy owl! Of all the potential subjects for aspiring bird photographers, roosting owls just might be the most intoxicatingly enticing subject of all.  Owls are…

Purple Finch - male at Black Moshannon SP (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Mapping the Christmas Bird Count

I thought I would share just a little of the map prep work I did, last minute, for the Syracuse CBC. Hopefully this will help you out in your last…

Calliope Hummingbird video

Not long after Pennsylvania picked up its second record of Calliope Hummingbird, another Calliope was banded, this one in Lancaster County. Andy McGann got the footage below when he went…

EVERY Grebe Species at Memorial Lake

Pennsylvania Grebe Perfection. Every species of grebe (Avian order Podicipediformes, family Podicipedidae), that has EVER been documented in Pennsylvania was present at the SAME place, at the SAME TIME, at…

When a Bird Becomes an Individual: the One-legged Great Egret

Books can be (and are) written about the ornithological knowledge gained through studies that involve the practice known as “bird banding” (or “ringing” overseas). To put it simply, banding involves…

Preening video – Least Sandpiper

Here is a video on preening shot and edited by Andy McGann.    

Answer to the scaup quiz

And the answer to yesterday’s video quiz is…. LESSER SCAUP! However, the results of the voting were a statistical tie! Lesser Scaup   – 32 votes Greater Scaup – 31…

Video Quiz: Greater & Lesser Scaup

A first for us here at Nemesisbird: a video quiz! The first part of the video features a side-by-side comparison of drake Greater and Lesser Scaup. The birds are far…

Black-headed Gull - adult (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Black-headed Gull – the music video

A rare bird in Pennsylvania, the Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), was found foraging in the Susquehanna River near Washington Boro, PA. It was foraging in the outflow from a water…