Team eBird Michigan has grown! We are happy to introduce Brian Allen of Manistee as our newest reviewer.
Brian is well-known on the Michigan birding scene, a stalwart of Manistee County, all things Lake Michigan, and rare bird stakeouts in many of our 83 counties. If you’ve chased anything over the years you have likely bumped into him. Brian is a former Michigan Bird Records Committee member and one of the editors for the ABA Birdfinding Guide to Michigan. He often leads birding tours, recently organized a ‘pelagic’ trip to Beaver Island, and has long compiled eBird list competitions for Michigan. Needless to say, he eats and sleeps birds. Brian is also an intrepid world birder, having visited 19 countries and counting. His life list recently surpassed 2,000 with the addition of Spotted Redshank on a recent trip to Italy.
Brian will be reviewing a 10 county area of the NW Lower Peninsula encompassing Oceana, Mason, Manistee, Benzie, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Antrim, Kalkaska, Missaukee, and Wexford. There are a couple of smaller changes taking place outside Brian’s review area, with Caleb Putnam taking over review duties for four new counties in addition to his seven initial ones: adding Allegan, Ottawa, Lake, and Osceola. Here is a map showing the current review areas:
This is our first of several additions to the team over the next year, and we know that those of you submitting records in Brian’s review areas will enjoy working with him.
Adam, Brian, and Caleb