About Your Trip Leader

Meet Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller

I picked up birding in 2013 and learned quickly while working as a naturalist along the South Carolina coast. I moved to Colorado Springs in 2019 where I now supervise Fountain Creek Nature Center (come inside and tell me what birds I'm missing out there!). I lead the occational birding program at work and also lead monthly "Birds and Brews" outings with Aiken Audubon. I'm also co-chair for the Pikes Peak Birding nad Nature Festival each May in El Paso County.

On my own, my birding varies from hours-long hikes, road trips to chase a rarity, or even planning trips across the country for new birds. While leading others, I appreciate newbies I can share knowledge and excitement with as well as more experienced, serious birders who might find the 'good stuff' for me. When birding as a group, it's all about the team effort and having fun... but getting a great list and some personal goals for everyone is nice!

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!