Birding in exotic locations can be quite expensive, and the idea of managing a trip on our own can be quite daunting. I want to provide helpful tips on how to bird different places, at home or abroad, on a budget. I hope to share the information that I pick up from my travels for those who want to see the birds of the Andes for example, but can’t quite afford a guided tour.

I’m sharing my stories of birding in South America and at home in a fun and engaging attempt to encourage others to travel and bird without spending a small fortune! I hope this blog is fun to read, insightful, and logistically helpful!  

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  • Torres del Paine

    November 21, 2019 by

    If you Google “Patagonia” and “Chile” together, 19 of the first 20 images that come up are of Torres del Paine National Park. It’s on the cover of Lonely Planet’s travel guide to Chile, and has claimed to be the most visited national park in South America; and with good reason.  The most jaw-dropping, rugged… Read more

  • Further South

    November 5, 2019 by

    The Ruddy-headed Goose is one of 4 species of Sheldgoose in the genus Chloephaga, all from southern South America. Of the 4, it has the smallest distribution and population, with less than 1000 individuals living on the mainland of the continent and 80,000 birds on the Falkland Islands. Most of the endangered mainland subspecies live… Read more

  • Punta Arenas

    October 17, 2019 by

    Our plane landed about 7pm, the sky was the kind of gray that reminded me of dreary winter days in Montana. Light rain and some wind. Overall, not the most pleasant weather but I couldn’t have been more excited! Birding at the end of the continent was something I wanted to do for so long,… Read more

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About me

I’m not buyin’ it.
I don’t want to live my whole life in the same town, work a job I despise, then die. I’m all about doing what you can to live life to the best of your abilities.

I’ve been a serious birder since the day I went on my first local Audubon field trip and had the epiphany that you can go on a trip with the sole motive of seeing awesome birds.

Now I’m living in a remodeled RV (it’s stationary) with my awesome wife Stephanie and planning our next adventure. As you can guess, we are all about traveling cheap and getting the most out of an experience. That is what I’m here for; to share our tips and travel stories about traveling and birding on a budget.

We spent 4 months spanning the winter of 2018/2019 in South America, and I have a lot to share!

Some more normal ”about me” things: We live in northwest Montana surrounded by mountains and lakes. I live for hiking, camping, and backpacking. Get me out in the woods! I serve on a bird records committee and I’m also an eBird reviewer for Montana. I dabble in rock climbing, which is awesome! Photography is one of my favorite creative outlets. Not only recording the birds we see, but capturing the feeling and emotion of the landscapes we encounter.