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You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird ... So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing - that's what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something. - Richard P. Feynman

Bjorn Hinrichs

Belted Kingfisher Bjorn Hinrichs

Hometown : Lake Oswego, Oregon - N45°25.03092, W122°40.17594

Role : Founder : Expanded Biography

Bjorn Hinrichs is a native Oregonian. Though fairly new to birding, he has become quickly inspired by the wonder and beauty of birds. In the summer of 2007, Bjorn's young son led him to his curiosity about birds. Many summer days, his son, already possessing an insatiable curiosity about his natural environment, would inquire about a bird in the backyard. Bjorn, then having little knowledge about birds but an extensive knowledge of the Internet, spent hours online hoping to identify the birds they had seen but found many bird-related sites difficult to use. He quickly realized the opportunity to simplify the experience and to help others to use the vast resources of the Internet to embrace our natural surroundings, and specifically, the wonderful world of birds. Bjorn began his Web career in 1995 when he founded a Web agency, OuttaSites, in Los Angeles, California.

In 1997, he left Los Angeles to join Organic Inc., an agency widely recognized as the first Web design agency. Bjorn's clients at Organic included InfoSeek, Nike, Formica, Hard Rock, PlayStation, Ringling Brothers, RX.com, and others. In 2001, Bjorn decided to move back home to Oregon. After a short stint at a creative agency in Portland, he joined Xerox, where he ultimately became their Global User Experience Manager. Bjorn led interface design and strategic direction for Xerox.com, worldwide. In November 2008, Bjorn left Xerox to pursue his new passion and to establish Birdfellow.com. Bjorn enjoys spending time with his wife, two boys, and Boxer Harley.

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Dave Irons

Merlin Dave Irons

Hometown : Eugene, Oregon - N44°2.2113, W123°7.28274

Role : Field Identification Expert : Expanded Biography

Dave has been birding since age 6, when his parents joined the South Bend, Indiana Audubon Society. From a young age he participated in local Christmas Bird Counts and accompanied his parents on field trips there and in Portland, Oregon, where his family moved when he was 10. At age 17 he became "serious" about birding and began networking with other Oregon birders closer to his own age.

By age 21 he was a member Oregon's Bird Records Committee (OBRC), was leading field trips and organizing pelagic trips for the Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon and was writing bird articles for Oregon Birds (quarterly publication of Oregon Field Ornithologists).

He returned to the Midwest in 1991 and spent the next seven years living and birding in Indiana and Illinois. He "came home" to Oregon in 1998 and within a few years was back on the OBRC, reviewed the entire manuscript for "Birds of Oregon: A General Reference (Marshall et al. eds) before it was published in 2003, and joined Steve Mlodinow as a regional editor (Oregon and Washington Region) for North American Birds later that year. He later became the statewide field notes editor for Oregon Birds.

Despite living out of state for seven years, Dave is once again among the top ten active listers in Oregon with a state list in the 430's. He has also been a member of record-setting Big Day teams that currently hold the Oregon state record (219), the June record for North America (219), and the July record for North America (213). In 2007 Dave set a single-county year list record for Oregon by seeing/hearing 289 species in Lane County, where he resides. He has a keen interest in migration patterns, vagrancy, and the range and distribution of identifiable subspecies that occur in Oregon and loves teaching others what he knows about these topics. As a BirdFellow Content Editor, Dave can be counted on to provide expert advice about birding the entire state of Oregon, particularly in his home county and the surrounding Willamette Valley.