The mission of Aves Amigos is to engage more people in birdwatching to build awareness and appreciation for habitats vitally important to birds and promote the economic significance of bird-focused tourism.
We partner with the conservation organizations who vetted the birding trails to ensure that proceeds directly benefit the birding sites you visit.
Carl Haynie has been captivated by birds since an early age. His passion has led him to every state and many of the Canadian provinces in North America to tally over 800 species. Carl graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and has 35 years of experience as a software developer. In his current position as Software Architect and CTO at Seatech Publications, Inc., he develops applications for iOS platforms in addition to designing both websites and content management systems. In 1994, Carl designed a website for the Texas Bird Records Committee before such websites were commonplace. After serving on that committee between 1992 and 1998, Carl settled in the Northwest with his wife and son. When he is not searching for a new bird, he enjoys Masters swimming and time with his family. (Last lifer: Nazca Booby – January 2018 – California)
Charlie Kahle started birding at a young age when his grandparents gave him a pair of binoculars and Peterson’s guide to birds and told him gently yet firmly to get his butt outside. Only later did he realize that while spending time outdoors learning to bird he was often in their neighbor’s property in Essex Ct, a Mr. Roger T. Peterson! Growing up in New England Charlie was fortunate to be able to bird in a variety of habitats, from the Green Mountains of Vermont to saltwater estuaries along the Rhode Island coast. Completing both a BSEE from Lehigh University and MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Charlie currently is the Information Services Manager for Washington Trails Association. In 1990 Charlie moved to Seattle and reconnected with his Audubon roots, re-joining National Audubon and the local chapter the Seattle Audubon Society. Charlie has served on the board of the Seattle Audubon Society and is a past president along with serving on the board of National Audubon Society and Audubon Washington. Charlie and his wife Carrie love to travel and bird around the world. (Last lifer: Bahama Mockingbird – March 2017 – Cuba)
Adam Sedgley started birding when he was a child, when he first viewed Acorn Woodpeckers in California. His mother was then the Seattle Audubon Coordinator, and his passion quickly took root in the supportive culture of the organization. Thirty years and six continents later, Adam is still an avid birdwatcher (who’s envious of Carl’s ABA list) and a graduate of the Seattle Audubon Master Birder program. Equally passionate about conservation and digital media, Adam is currently the Director of Web Strategy at Conservation International in Washington D.C. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of BirdNote – a nationally distributed radio program about birds and nature – where he previously was the Director of Listener Engagement and Digital Media. In the past, he also managed the citizen science program at Seattle Audubon and was on the board of the Washington Ornithological Society. If you find him without binoculars around his neck, he will likely be running, biking or sampling a recently discovered microbrew. (Last lifer: King Rail – February 2018 – Virginia)