Nick Sly created this blog several years ago as an outlet for his creative writing energies concerning his adventures birding and herping the world and his many academic interests in evolutionary biology. Since graduation from Cornell in 2008, he has been doing fieldwork on a variety of avian species in the US, Venezuela, and Costa Rica.
Shawn Billerman recently started graduate school at the University of Wyoming, in Laramie, where he plans on studying sapsucker (Sphyrapicus) hybrid zones. He has been an avid birder for many years, and is interested in pursuing a research career studying topics in avian evolution, with a focus on speciation and hybrid zones. Birds have taken him to Kenya, Mexico, as well as to the Canadian sub-arctic and Chile studying Hudsonian Godwits.