John Richardson
Skylark Guiding Services
 Professional Birding Guide

Biography - Birding MN with a professional guide

John Richardson, Professional Guide


I grew up in the United Kingdom (East Yorkshire). As a small child I was instantly fascinated watching Sir David Attenborough crawling through the jungles of Papua New Guinea in search of Birds of Paradise. I was hooked and a lifetime passion and obsession was born. 

I have birded extensively in Europe, and for the last 20 years Minnesota has been my home. I live in Duluth, MN with my wife, 3 boys, 'Scruffy' the dog and one-eyed Guinea Pig 'Bella'!

I guide predominately in MN (especially the Duluth area), but cover the rest the United States too. Most notably, South Texas, SE Arizona, Florida and California. I love to tackle the holy trinity of tough bird families, shorebirds, sparrows and gulls, and really enjoy making it easier for folks to become more well-rounded birders. You tell me what you want to see and I will endeavor to make it possible!

I was the President of the Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society (BLAAS) for 2 years and board member for 6.

Co-led many field-trips for BLAAS.

Trip Leader (Guide) for the Sax-Zim Birding Festival, Meadowlands, MN.

Seasonal Breeding Bird Surveys for MN DNR in Cook, Lake, St. Louis, Todd, Wadena and Crow Wing Counties.

3 month banding & vegetation sampling project in Polk County, MN in 2002 for the US Fish &Wildlife concentrating on Savannah Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow and Bobolink. I also found a Baird's Sparrow near Crookston, MN (which was 1 of 2 birds found that year) and the last documented occurrence of this species in MN.