About Your Trip Leader

Meet Burke Angstman

Burke Angstman

I grew up in the Denver area but only started actively birding when I was a college student living in California in the late 70s. I've enjoyed birding ever since but became more involved with birding after I retired in 2011. Early on shorebirds were my favorite (since I lived near the ocean in California) but I enjoy all birds and really love birding in the Colorado mountains and out on the Eastern plains.

My favorite birding trips would involve hiking and actively looking and listening to find birds. Less time spent in a car the better. I enjoy trips that visit many habitats and allow time to observe bird behaviors. My other interests are grandchildren, snowshoeing, road biking and playing the classical guitar.

Meet Karen Strong

Karen Strong

I have been actively birding since 2018, although my love affair with birds is lifelong. Most of my birding has been along the Front Range, but I also love going a lot further afield...birding has introduced me to so many incredible places in Colorado. My favorite bird is the Turkey Vulture. I'm also very partial to nuthatches, chickadees, warblers... and many more!

While I am new to leading field trips, I have been a participant on many (there's no better way to become a better birder). I enjoy all styles of field trips, yet when birding on my own I usually hike. I find quality bird encounters more satisfying than maximizing the number of birds seen. What an incredible privilege to observe these beautiful and amazing creatures living their every day lives - foraging, preening, bathing, sleeping, raising young, etc. I'm so excited to deepen my passion and knowledge through leading field trips! When not birding, I enjoy running, doing crossword puzzles, reading, and texting with my two college kids.