Chris Burney is a conservation biologist who has been studying and managing birds for over 20 years. Following his graduation from Auburn University in 1997, he became a 'bird bum' of sorts working on various seasonal field projects for nearly 8 years. During this period, he worked on Palila in Hawaii, fruit-eating birds in Puerto Rico, Magellanic Penguins in Chile, Black-capped Vireos in west Mexico, Spotted Owls in Arizona, tundra-nesting birds on the North Slope of Alaska, Golden-cheeked Warblers in central Texas, San Clemente Shrikes and Sage Sparrows in California’s Channel Islands, the seabirds of the Subantarctic Region, and much more. He has also traveled extensively in pursuit of birds throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.
Chris spent nearly two years working as a consultant for a birding ecotourism company based in Bhutan, and traveled extensively through Bhutan gathering information on the best birding locations in the country. He also assisted with research and management of the critically endangered White-bellied Heron.
Chris currently works as a project manager for a local land trust in north central Florida, and when he’s not planning his next birding adventure, he is usually in the water either kayaking or river snorkeling.