Bryan Calk started birding in his backyard at Fort Clark Springs in south Texas when he was 10 and has never stopped. He was fortunate enough to be helped in his early years by two, strongly encouraging mentors. Those mentors—and the people he has met through birding—continue to be his “best birds” of all. After graduating from Texas A & M with a BS in genetics he worked as an avian biologist on several projects across Texas. Currently stationed in New Mexico as an avian and bat field biologist and environmental consultant, Bryan continues to avidly explore the Southwest with his binoculars and camera in tow.
He enjoys sharing his knowledge and birdfinding with others and has led field trips previously for the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, the Texas Ornithological Society and for numerous local Audubon Societies. His enthusiasm and patience are surpassed only by his skills in the field.
His tour schedule has him visiting the far-reaching corners of his home state of Texas, prime birding areas of the ABA area and primary explorations of Mexico and Tropical America.
Bryan’s spark bird was the incomparable Painted Bunting, and his favorite group of birds are nightjars. Birding has allowed him to meet the woman of his dreams, Rachel Smith, when their paths crossed on a chase for a Ruff visiting Houston. In his free time, Bryan enjoys butterfly watching, learning odonata identification, searching for herps (reptiles and amphibians) and photography.