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Yousif was inherently drawn to the natural world during his childhood growing up in southern Alberta. He began obsessively studying wildlife, especially birds and mammals, and that eventually turned into a career as a field biologist. Yousif has worked and volunteered for many organizations all over North America on everything from academic research projects to mitigation of environmental impacts. He currently works at Birds Canada coordinating national citizen science programs: the Christmas Bird Count and eBird in Canada. His primary areas of interest are the nuances of bird vocalizations, migratory bird behavior and conservation biology. Yousif's unwaning passion for birding and natural history is transparent and he is always eager to share his enthusiasm with others.
shorebird tour, August 2018
"Our guide Yousif had extensive knowledge of birds, trees and insects." NB Shorebird tour, August 2018
"Both (Yousif and Richard) had great knowledge of the bird species in the area. Yousif's personal experience in Cypress Hills added a lot. He has amazing hearing!" - 2016 Alberta Prairie Birds participant
"Richard and Yousif were remarkable guides. Their knowledge patience and sharing skills took the trip to the next level. I think they both have bionic vision and hearing! They ensured everyone in the group saw birds and mammals and paid attention to participants target birds. Both have intimate knowledge of the area and we could not have had better guides. Yousif is an incredible guide and constantly demonstrated his respect for and knowledge of the birds around us." - 2016 Alberta Prairie Birds participant
"Yousif is a GEM! a Treasure! Eagle-Eye: Keep this young man!" - 2016 Alberta Prairie Birds participant