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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:

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…

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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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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…

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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…

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Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 28

The Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight will highlight some of the fun shots we’ve gotten recently with a camera paired with a spotting scope or binoculars. We welcome submissions of your favorite…

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Almost a nemesis

One of my targets for my recent trip to the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival was the Florida’s only endemic bird– the Florida Scrub-Jay, a social member of the corvid…

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Digiscoping Big Day Liveblog

We (Tim and Drew) are participating in the Space Coast Digiscoping Team Event on Wendesday and will be digiscoping our way through the Keys for rarities and target lifers. Check back often…

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BirdsEye comes to Android smartphones

Launching with the same features that made BirdsEye a hit on the iPhone, BirdsEye for Android is available as a free download with various subscription options. I know a lot of…

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Indiegogo Project: Brant Tours & Research

When I was in Texas a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of finally meeting the BRANT Tours crew, a bird tour company that is trying to do things differently….

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Digiscoped with Leica APO Televid 65mm scope using iPhone 6 and a Phone Skope adapter.

Upstate Dickcissel

I’ve got a favorite sparrow patch in Syracuse that I like to visit frequently. It’s right by the Inner Harbor, and is an overgrown weedy field that is probably going…