About Drew

Drew is the founder and editor of Nemesis Bird and now works to curate some of the best content the web has to offer on birding and ornithology from an energetic crew of ornithologists, field researchers, tour leaders and photographers.

Drew is originally from PA but now lives in central New York where he is enjoying the long and snowy winters. He has done various bird jobs including bird surveys for the 2nd PA Breeding Bird Atlas, tracked saw-whet owls from dusk to dawn with Scott Weidensaul and counted hawks for several years for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. His master's research at Penn State University focused on grassland birds and their relationships with different agricultural practices.

Drew is an avid lister, especially on smaller scales, and enjoys adding new birds to county, state and life lists. A sucker for competitions, he has placed 2nd in the World Series of Birding (with Nemesis Birders Andy McGann and Mike Lanzone) and is the part of the winning team for the Onondaga Audubon Bird-a-thon in Central NY and the Shaver's Creek Birding Cup (2 years running with Nemesis Birder Alex Lamoreaux).

He also enjoys digiscoping and making apps for birders. He is project manager for the North American Rare Bird Alert and coordinates the development of BirdsEye, BirdLog and BirdsEye Hotspots. He is active in the Pennsylvania birding community as chairman of the bird records committee, as well as a reviewer for sightings submitted to eBird.

Some topics that really interest him are migration, bird distributions and vagrancy.

Posts by Drew:

Gyrfalcon hovering over the Mallard it forced into the snow. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Top 10 Posts of 2015

1. Gyrfalcon Invasion 2015 2. Digiscoping Round up 3. Pigeons and Doves of South Africa 4. Goodbye Moorhen, Hello Gallinule 5. Lincoln’s Sparrow vs Song Sparrow- PSU Fall Banding 6. Optics Review – Leica Ultravid HD…

The Big Year

Big Years ending, more starting up!

The start of a new year is a great time to look at all of the Big Years that were completed in 2015, and the new efforts that are just starting. There…

One of 12 Red Crossbills (a male) foraging in a Japanese Black Pine at Hammonasset SP. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Last Minute Gift Guide for Birders

It’s getting down to the wire and you are probably wondering what to get for that birder on your list. Here are some simple ideas that should be easy to…

Stilt Sandpiper - Adult at Conejohela Flats, PA (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Conservation victory for shorebirds

I just read an article about one of my favorite Pennsylvania haunts, Conejohela Flats in Lancaster Co. that made my day. Let me set the scene– Conejohela Flats is a series…

Snowy Owl at Jones Beach SP (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Upcoming bird books you don’t want to miss

There are many great bird books and field guides that were recently released, or are still going to be released this year. Check out our top list of our favorites…


The August Brooklyn Pelagic a.k.a pterodroma magic

For the 3rd August in a row, I’ve managed to find myself on Paulagics fantastic overnight pelagics. This year they have moved to a new boat, the Brooklyn IV, and…


Kickstarter Find: Here earbuds – Change The Way You Hear Birds

  There is a pretty interesting product on Kickstarter right now that could find a niche in birding. The Here wireless earbuds promise to do one thing and do it well…

Long-tailed Macaque living the dream (photo by Steve Brenner)

What kind of birder are you?

While everyone has a strong opinion on the best ways to get into birding and learn the most, there are really many correct ways to get out and enjoy birding. Every…


eBird receives first-ever conservation honor from American Bird Conservancy – BirdWatching

  Exciting news. eBird – which we already knew was awesome – is being recognized for their contributions and innovations in bird conservation. Every person who has contributed their sightings…

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New update for the Sibley iPhone app

I was excited to see a few weeks ago that there was an update on my iPhone for one of my favorite apps- the Sibley eGuide to Birds of North…

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uBirdTV – Kessler’s latest viral hit?

There is a new video out by Jason Kessler, the mastermind behind other great birding related shorts such as Sh*t Birders Say which pretty much went vial in the birding…


Phone Skope Birding Gift Card Giveaway

Phone Skope is running a giveaway for a pair of Vortex binoculars and some Phone Skope digiscoping gear, plus a bunch of Phone Skope gift cards. You can enter through…