About Us

Nate, Steve, and Tim are avid birders currently working on their year lists. They spend most of their down time birding and photographing nature. As they write on Thermal Birding, they hope to share with you their birding adventures, sweet bird and nature photos, and any other random information they come up with or are researching at that time. They hope that you check back to the site frequently to see if anything new is flying over! Also, they are always looking for books, gear, and iPhone apps to review. You can contact them by email (timschreckengost AT gmail DOT com), Twitter, or Facebook.


Tim Schreckengost

I am a young field ornithologist from western PA, but am currently in southern Delaware. I am pursuing a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Ecology studying the validation of NEXRAD data and models of bird migration stopover in the northeast US. I have worked throughout the country on several bird research projects and in my free time I enjoy birding, blogging, and photography. I’m interested in migration, radar ornithology, and keeping cats indoors.

I am also guest blogger at Nemesis Bird, a monthly contributor to the Birding is Fun blog, and the website manager for the Aeroecology Lab at the University of Delaware.

Contact Tim: timschreckengost AT gmail DOT com


Nate Fronk

Nate is currently a graduate student at Penn State University, studying the effect that Marcellus shale gas development has on bird populations. He has worked with forest songbirds throughout Pennsylvania and northern California. When not at school, Nate enjoys birding, nature photography, and being outdoors.

Contact Nate: nrf5017 AT psu DOT edu


Steve Brenner

Steve is a recent graduate from Penn State University, and a late bloomer when it comes to birding. Recently, he worked on a project studying the effects of Marcellus Shale development on forested songbirds. In the fall, he will be assisting with Northern Saw-whet Owl banding and research in Eastern PA. Whenever he gets the chance, Steve enjoys birding and a good craft brew (although not always at the same time).
Contact Steve: stephen.brenner3 AT gmail DOT com
Alan Kneidel
Alan received a B.A. in Biology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in

2008. He has since contributed to a variety of research projects, spanning from the Arctic to tropical South America. He is currently a Master’s student at Delaware State University, focusing on how climate change may affect the ecological functioning of barrier island ecosystems as globally important avian stopover sites. His research is being conducted in the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, Florida. Check out his travel blog at goodbykneidel.blogspot.com
Contact Alan: akneidel AT gmail DOT com
  • http://highriverarts.wordpress.com Jane Willson

    Birding is also a passion of mine! Keep up with the photos. Lovely photography.

    • http://wordsaboutbirds.wordpress.com Tim Schreckengost

      Thanks Jane!

  • http://weisserwatercolours.com weisserwatercolours

    wonderful blog

    • http://wordsaboutbirds.wordpress.com Tim Schreckengost

      Thank you!

  • http://allaboutlemon.wordpress.com adollyciousirony

    Hello dear Nate and Tim, Congratulations! I have nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award, check it out here: http://allaboutlemon.com/2012/02/06/whew-more-versatile-blogger-awards/
    Enjoy and have fun :) You deserved it!


  • http://www.laurakammermeier.com/blog Laura

    Nate & TIm, just discovered your blog – great work! And many thanks for linking to my Travel & Birding Blog – it’s always appreciated.

    Nate: I’d be interested in links to any resources that discuss the effects of gas drilling on birds. The hydrofracking issue is just heating up in NY. Thanks!

    • http://gravatar.com/wordsaboutbirds5017 Nate Fronk

      Laura- I don’t know of any resources discussing the effects of gas drilling on birds. My research along with a few other graduate students here will be some of the first in the east. Some research has been done out west but doesn’t really pertain to our birds because it’s a completely different ecosystem and full of different habitat types (e.g. sage brush). I can point you in the direction of some fracking information but that’s about it. Here are some links to fracking related information:


    • http://wordsaboutbirds.wordpress.com Tim Schreckengost

      Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words Laura!

  • Anne Marie Waxman

    Hi Guys,
    I’ll be staying at Bald Eagle Inn on April 14-16. I’m new to birding and wanted to get a heads up on what I would be looking for at that time of the year and location. Can you help me out as to what I can expect to see?
    Thanks so much
    Anne Marie

  • http://kaysbirdclub.wordpress.com Kay-Kay’s Bird Club

    You’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog award!

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    Name the blogger who awarded you this fantastic award
    List 7 random facts about yourself
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