Meet the Instructor
Greg Baker started birding at age 9 in Racine, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1977 with double majors: Environmental Science and Biology. Greg continues to teach one of Portland Audubon's longest running programs which he started 26 years ago: Sauvie Island Exploration and Beginning Field Birding. Twelve years ago (2008) Greg was gifted a copy of The Big Year, and he has been on a mission ever since. His mission: to visit most of the places mentioned in the book, and to complete what he calls his own personal Working Stiff's Big Decade. Greg's Big Decade took him to 40 states and four Canadian Provinces, logging in 720 North American ABA-area species in the process. He photo-documented each birding trip and amassed a collection of 1200 PowerPoint presentations which highlight how to bird by general impression, relying upon sight, sounds, habitat, behavior and an in depth appreciation for status and distribution. Greg is also finishing a book on the subject of birding by general impression which he hopes to have published early next year, along with a website featuring his 1200 educational birding modules. As an environmental scientist/trainer he has over four years of recent experience teaching online webinar-based courses and traditional in person instruction.