The founder of Avocet Tours, Chris began birding at the age of 10 when his family moved into a home beside a bird sanctuary in Kelowna, BC. Leading field trips for the local naturalist club, Chris enjoyed showing others birds almost as much as he enjoyed seeing them himself. After he graduated from high school Chris began traveling in search of new birds as well as conducting field consulting on birds in BC.
In 2002 Chris formed Avocet Tours and has now led trips around the globe to the best birding destinations. His favorite birding location in North America is High Island on the coast of Texas, and on an international scale, he really enjoys the birding in Central America.
Chris received the Barbara Chapman Award for outstanding achievements in the field of natural history in 1994. In 2002, he received the Volunteer of the Year award from the Wild Bird Trust of BC for his contributions to the nest records project. He served on the British Columbia Rare Birds Committee, and also is the regional editor for British Columbia for the quarterly magazine, North American Birds. Chris reviews several regions for Ebird in B.C., and he organizes two Christmas Bird Counts as well.