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Hi! Welcome to JustBirding!

Drew Haines

We’re building an amazing community of beginner birders and seasoned enthusiasts.

I have written about travel and animals for years. I love the outdoors; camping, biking, hiking and just exploring. I’ve been to the Galapagos Islands (amazing!) and I lived in Ecuador for 6 years. While there, I got to see tons of amazing birds and animals – and I got to write about them.

This blog will be my journey of exploring the amazing birds on our planet – I hope you’ll join me.

Where do scarlet macaws live?

JustBirding will focus on amazing bird profiles, birding gear, and essential birding skills. If you ever have anything to share please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

– Drew Haines was founded in 2002. Back then, the site was primarily for booking birding tours. In February 2018, I gave it new life as a blog about birding skills, gear, and specific species profiles.

From 2002 to 2015, Just Birding Tours was based in Tofino B.C. Canada and was owned by George Bradd. In May 2015, George retired and the site was taken offline.

As a tribute to George and his exceptional reputation amongst birders around the world, we would like to share his retirement letter:

“Just Birding is closed now after working to serve people with quality bird guiding for many years. We hope that our clients have enjoyed our time together as much as we have also.

Thank you to all of our valued clients for their appreciation of one of the top sports of our times: bird watching. A sport that allows us to enjoy birds without killing them while opening our eyes and minds to political and environmental reality through our cherished canaries in the coal mines.

I want to thank some of the wonderful people who have guided me over the years like Ramiro Yabar in Cusco, Daniel Wakra in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea, Hugulino Onate in Mindo Ecuador, Caboca in Canudos Brazil, Juan in Galapagos, Santos Domingo in Pomacocha Peru, Silverio at Tambopata Research Center in Peru, and so many others. You all made me a better guide.

I want to thank Tofino supporters like Adrian Dorst, Maureen and Lee Fraser, Michael Mullin, Arty and Lisa Ahiers at Sobo, Keith Gibson, Brenda Schwab, Rich Sandford and posthumously Rod MacDonald. I will never forget the patience and help given by Schramm Design and Raincoast Law in Ukee and Richard Badman at gearth.

George is retiring to his organic farm and will spend a little more time in one of the last birding frontiers: Papua New Guinea. If only one or two of the thousands of people I have guided acts and does something to save the birds of our world then I have achieved what I wanted to do.

Birding will only exist if we become stewards of our world and keep our eyes and ears on our canaries in the coal mine.”George Bradd

Lynn Feinerman

Tuesday 16th of July 2019

We have utilized the Scarlet Macaw image at the top of the web page, animating it for a short movie we produced for Women Rising Radio. Wanted to let you know because we could not locate any copyright information. If you would like to view the movie, and get to know Women Rising Radio, go to our website. We will be embedding the new movie in our "Our Movies" page in the next couple of days. 7/16/19 . Thanks for your consideration.

Good Samaritan

Sunday 14th of July 2019

Hey, Drew! I just wanted to let you know that someone is using your image & info in this site they're starting on chocolate... It's called "Respect The Chocolate" (not dropping a link so as to not be marked as spam). You may want to file a DMCA.

Keep on birding!

Drew Haines

Wednesday 24th of July 2019

Hi! I appreciate the heads up, thank you! Funny thing is, that's actually another one of my websites 😂. Thanks again though, I love that my readers look out for me!