Zack Klyver is the lead naturalist of Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company and has been guiding whale and seabird watching tours on the Gulf of Maine for over twenty five years. His "spark" bird was the Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) that spent a day feeding in a tree behind his house when he was just seven years old. At the age of twelve he began feeding birds and participating in local Christmas bird counts and the Maine breeding bird atlas.
He attended College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, Maine) to study environmental science and ornithology and formed a study group to conduct an ongoing fall hawk watch on Beech Mountain in Acadia National park. He participated in a ten-day fall course on raptor identification in Cape May (New Jersey) that was taught by Bill Clark (author of the Peterson field guide to Hawks) and Charlie Duncan (professor at University of Maine at Machias). During the course they joined in a raptor banding project and banded a variety of birds of prey including a local and beautiful Barn Owl (Tyto alba). Zack spent one summer conducting breeding bird surveys for songbirds on bogs, forests, and wetlands in eastern Maine where he came accross many Lincoln Sparrows (Melospiza lincolnii), Alder Flycatchers (Empiodonax alnorum) and Palm Warblers (Setophaga palmarum). He completed a spring internship with the Cape May Bird Observatory as a hawk watcher at the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, New Jersey sexing and aging 13 species of hawks on migration including a Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus), joined in a Black Rail (Laterallus jamaicensis) breeding survey and participated in the world series of bird watching with the Sandy Hook Onlies.
Zack spent an austral season as a marine mammal lecturer for Abercrombie and Kent guiding trips to the Falklands and Antarctica during which he observed seven species of Penguin and five species of Albatross including a Light-mantled Sooty (Phoebetria palpebrata). In his travels to Hawaii, New Zealand, Baja Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Northwest - birds continue to inspire him, and bring joy and endless wonder.