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Merlin Birding and Nature Tours will be offering birding trips to the following outstanding birding/wildlife-watching locations in the next 2 years (please stay tuned for updates on these exciting tours on this website and through regular email updates): Alaska, Colombia, Ecuador, southern Florida, Guatemala, India, Panama, South Texas, Uganda and the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico).
In January 2017, after 10 years as Executive Director of Montana Audubon, Steve opted for a career change and started Merlin Birding & Nature Tours, LLC. Over the past 20+ years Steve has led or co-led birding tours with the National Audubon Society (Belize, and Copper Canyon, Baja California & Oaxaca Mexico), HawkWatch International (Veracruz, Mexico) and Montana Audubon (Costa Rica and throughout Montana).
As founder of HawkWatch International, and Co-founder and Science Advisor for the Veracruz River of Raptors Project (VRR), Steve offers VRR tour participants a valuable scientific and historical perspective. Steve currently resides in Bozeman, MT, with his wife Lisa and their 24-year old son Merlin.
Steve “Esh” Eshbaugh became hooked on birding at the age of eight when he stumbled upon an American Woodcock incubating eggs on her ground nest. Steve led his first international nature-guiding trip to Costa Rica in 1999; over the years has led eight other groups there.
He has birded in 25 countries and very much looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for education and nature with tour participants. He lives in Bozeman with his wife and son.