Edward S. (Ned) Brinkley is the author of the "National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Birds of North America," and editor of North American Birds, the American Birding Association's quarterly journal of ornithological record. He has authored over 100 articles on the distribution and identification of birds between 1981 and 2009.
Ned is an avid pelagic birder who has guided scores of days into Gulf Stream waters as a senior leader for Brian Patteson and five other pelagic birding companies. Ned recorded the first verifiable sight record of a Bermuda Petrel at sea in July 1993 leading to journeys to Bermuda and publication, with David Wingate, Brian Patteson, and Todd Hass, of an article on the identification of the species in the ABA's Birding magazine.
A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Ned has birded since age six, his interest sparked by the southern warblers of the Great Dismal Swamp and, later, the seabirds of the Gulf Stream off North Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Film from Cornell University and was formerly a professor of literature and film at the University of Virginia.
Ned is a vagabond-birder who changes employment more often than wardrobes, having worked as bartender, paperboy, candy maker, professor, factory manager, librarian, b&b innkeeper, birding guide, research associate, author, and shoe critic. Currently in recovery for gadfly petrel addiction, he lives in Cape Charles, Virginia, with a beagle and a feral cat.
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