Join/Renew (2024 Dues)

Event: SDFO Meeting – January 16, 2024


Program: Costa Rica Raptor Migration, by Eric Ripma. 

Eric enjoys sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge, especially about identification, with birders of all ages and experience levels. After beginning birding at the age of ten in Indianapolis, Indiana, he birded every chance he had throughout his childhood. Birding has led him from spectacular migratory hotspots in the Great Lakes region to the Pacific coast and beyond. Eric has also spent time birding in many tropical locations throughout Central and South America.

He has worked for numerous bird-related projects including bird banding in the United States and Belize, monitoring breeding Caspian Terns in Oregon, counting migrating waterbirds at Whitefish Point, Michigan, and conducting shorebird surveys on Louisiana’s barrier islands. He is currently living in Louisiana guiding birding tours throughout the Americas for Sabrewing Nature Tours, assisting on a PhD project studying Royal Terns and Black Skimmers, conducting shorebird surveys in his spare time, and will once again be guiding field trips for the San Diego Birding Festival in February.