About Your Trip Leader

Meet John Malenich

John Malenich

I’ve been a member of DFO, and regularly attending DFO field trips, since 2017. I lead trips both near my home in Boulder and to more remote destinations throughout Colorado. I enjoy sharing the magic of birding with others and using DFO field trips as vehicles for all of us continue our lifelong education about birding, the many different aspects of bird life and the status and distribution of birds throughout areas around all of Colorado.


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!