About Your Trip Leader

Meet Benjamin Jacques

Benjamin Jacques

Ben (he/him) I started birding back in 2012 when some friends invited me along on some ridiculous New York rarity chases. I then moved to Minnesota and began birding with my boss, who had been covering the same county for 25 years. The difference between chasing rarities and endlessly covering the same patch gave me the spectrum of what it can mean to be a birder, and I like all of it. The Front Range has been my home since 2020 and I am determined to observe as many of Colorado's birds as possible.

If you sign up for one of my trips you will be welcomed and whatever abilities, identities, and backgrounds you bring will add to the experience! Weekday trips will be short and focused on birding a spot before or after work. More adventurous trips will be on Mondays and hopefully introduce birders to new areas further afield.

Meet David Suddjian

David Suddjian

I've been birding for over 35 years, beginning in California, and in Colorado since 2013. I coordinated DFO's Big Year 2018, leading 81 field trips for DFO that year. I love eBirding, and counting birds.

I lead all kinds of trips from low key local outings near my Ken Caryl JeffCo home to intense far ranging trips reaching out to all corners of the state. Overnight trips go to classic Colorado birding locations, and sometimes we even camp! I like to explore areas, county birding, back roads, cemeteries and sewage lagoons, developing birding by ear skills, and helping birders to appreciate the patterns of migration, seasonal occurrence and habitat associations. I love the camaraderie of DFO field trips, the new friendships that grow, and the opportunities for birders to have FUN in the field!