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:

Northern Saw-whet Owl in Owl Woods, Rochester. Digiscoped with iPhone 5s/Phone Skope and Leica APO-Televid 82mm scope.

Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 12

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

Black-and-white Warbler - first fall male

5 reasons to go to the 2014 Biggest Week

While there are a lot of valid reasons to go to the Biggest Week in American Birding, there are some that I find most convincing. I have been to the…

Bat Falcon (Drew Weber)

Raptors in Northern Nicaragua

For two glorious weeks between February and March, Drew Weber and I were in northern Nicaragua completing bird surveys on shade grown coffee farms for the lovely folks over at…

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Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 10

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

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Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 8 – Glaucous Gull

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

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Optics Review: Leica Ultravid HD

There are a couple of things birders look for in a top end binocular– sharp image, wide field of view, true color, accurate contrast, no chromatic aberration, close and smooth…

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Superb Owl Sunday: Digiscoping Spotlight 7

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

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The rewards of patience – Snowy Owl vs Peregrine Falcon

Our friend Tom Johnson has been getting some spectacular footage of Snowy Owls this winter, including the following video of a pair of Peregrine Falcons that did not take kindly…

The Snowy I was most excited to see - my first in Cape May County! Roosting along the dunes at Stone Harbor, NJ. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Track Snowy Owl in (near) real-time!

One of our goals for this project was to provide you with updated maps to keep tabs on the Snowy Owls we are tracking. Thanks to Don Crockett, this is…

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Support Project SNOWstorm

The last couple weeks I and many other collaborators have been scrambling to set up an awesome initiative to learn more about the Snowy Owls that have invaded down through…

Peregrine Falcon - adult (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Must have apps for your new Android or iOS device

No doubt you or someone you know just got an iPad, iPhone or an Android device for Christmas and you are now looking for the best birding apps to load…

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BirdsEye apps on sale

  All of the BirdsEye apps are currently on sale. BirdLog NA and BirdsEye NA are currently $4.99 and most of the regional versions of the apps are only $0.99…