Chad Witko

Chad Witko has been watching and illustrating birds for as long as he can remember. An accomplished birder he currently serves as the Administrator and Co-founder of Chat Happens.

Chad with Chat Happens contributor Kevin Vande Vusse (Plum Island, MA).

Chad with Chat Happens contributor Kevin Vande Vusse (Plum Island, MA).

Since 2004, Chad has worked with many of the top avian conservation organizations and environmental institutions across the United States: New Hampshire Audubon, National Audubon Society (Maine), PRBO Conservation Science (California), New Jersey Audubon Society (New Jersey and Massachusetts), Texas Tech University (New York), and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (New York).

Currently residing in Walpole, NH with his wife Lauryn, Chad is pursuing his M.S. degree in Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. Research interests include the spatial and temporal distribution of birds across New Hampshire and the impacts of active habitat management on Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN). Outside of academics, Chad is the founder and captain of the Antioch Bird Club, the school’s first club, the summer season editor for New Hampshire Bird Records, and an eBird reviewer for the state of New Hampshire.

Chad with Donald Stokes atop the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (Peterborough, NH).

Chad with Donald Stokes atop the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (Peterborough, NH).

His main birding interests continue to be the identification of North American birds through a holistic approach (birding by impression), species distributions, and the offshore pelagic species that often lie just over the horizon. Chad enjoys birding across North America where he works on his ABA life list when time allows (553 species). However, he is looking forward to foreign birding efforts with Lauryn across Europe, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, and Africa upon the completion of his M.S. degree.

Chad Birding in the Dry Tortugas.

Chad birding in the Dry Tortugas.

In the end, Chad attributes much of his passion for birds and for the joys of life from those closest to him. From this support Chad is able to stay focused and to chase a dream even though it keeps flying away.

Chad is available as a featured writer, tour guide leader, or guest speaker and welcomes any opportunities for these that may be available.

Chad’s Birding Lists