About Us

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“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

We believe in travelling the world. Seeing new and old places. Being in love. Collecting lifelong memories. Standing in the middle of nowhere and watching as nature takes our breath away time and time again. But most importantly, birding!

Birding has taken us to places we couldn’t have even imagined and brings a whole new dynamic to traveling – at home and afar. We’ve gone to some crazy places and seen some crazy things and at the heart of it all, a love for nature and a love for the outdoors has brought us even closer together. To us, these adventures are the best way to live and what better way to remember them besides taking tons of pictures and writing it all down?! We are using this blog as a way to document all of our budget birding adventures!

A little more personal story…
From a young age Ross has had a love for nature and more specifically, birdwatching! With a current life list of over 4,700 species and a desire to see thousands more, Ross is always looking forward to visiting another country to add more birds to his life list. Melissa hasn’t always been a birder (and still doesn’t claim to be one) but she grew up just loving to be outside and appreciating all that nature has to offer.

In 2015 we spent 6 months traveling throughout Asia (Japan, Thailand, Cambodia), road-tripping across the United States and then backpacking the Pacific countries of South America (Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador.) We’ve affectionately been calling this adventure “The Trip” and this is what sparked this blog! We’ve been documenting our adventures ever since and have added several more countries to the ever growing list of places we’ve been!

Together we plan to use this website as a means to share our travel, research and adventures with you! Be sure to check out the trip reports for logistics if you want to plan your own budget birding adventure!

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  1. Hi Ross and Melissa, it was such a pleasure to meet you and to spend a few minutes sharing our garden with you. After you departed, I told my wife, Julie, about your “trip” plans, and that you were camping tonight. She offered our unoccupied room for the night as a gift to you, for you having given 4 years of your life in defense of us. I went out looking for where you might be camping but came up short. Even call Ash Canyon B&B trying to locate you. BTW, 1st Lucifer of the season there now. Anyway, Love you blog! Good luck and God Bless!!!, Tony and Julie Battiste

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  2. Hallo Melissa and Ross,

    We hope your taxi drive was as you expected. I am really impressed that you managed to arrange that in a proper way.

    We left at about 6 am. passed by your hotel but it was very dark so we expected your left already. So we went as well.

    Where do you go today? We have the intention to go to Cerro Tunari.

    nice blog you have.

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