Neil Hayward is a lifelong birder with a passion for science and travel. He grew up in the UK, where birding ranks high among soccer, tea, and sarcasm as national pastimes. After gaining a Ph.D. in genetics at Cambridge University, he joined a start-up biotech company and moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, as the managing director for the US business. He also brought his binoculars and quickly started using them. In 2011, he left his job to set up his own biotechnology consulting company. Neil is the field trip coordinator and board director for the Brookline Bird Club, the most active birding club in the country, for which he leads free birding walks. He is also a council member of the Nuttall Ornithological Club, and teaches birding classes at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. Neil has spoken at birding festivals, ornithological clubs and associations, bird clubs, and Audubon Society chapters throughout the United States. He lives with his wife, Gerri, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Lost Among the Birds, which chronicles his record-breaking Big Year in which he saw 749 species of bird, is his first book.Read more Read less
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