About Us

Colorado Birding Adventures focuses on providing a comfortable and enjoyable birding experience for birders of any level.  Colorado’s scenery AND bird life are equally spectacular and our friendly, relaxed, and knowledgeable approach to field trips will make your birding adventure productive and memorable.   We pride ourselves on our commitment to professionalism, attention to detail, and prompt communications.

Carl Bendorf is owner and a principal guide for Colorado Birding Adventures.  Carl is an experienced birding guide, past president of the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union, former board member for the American Birding Association and is now serving as the ABA’s Director of Development. He has served as a guide for Birdwatcher’s Digest and the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. In 2011, Carl founded Iowa Young Birders and served as Executive Director until 2015 and remains a member of the board.  Carl shared his passion for encouraging new birders in Iowa Young Birders: Story of a Startup, published by the American Birding Association. Carl and his wife Linda (Director of Blue Sage Writing) live in Longmont, CO.

Lin Marie Bendorf is Co-Owner, Strategist & Chief Hospitality Officer of Colorado Birding Adventures. She did not think of buying her own pair of binoculars until she was 58 years old. That purchase greatly enhanced birding for her. She still wonders why she waited so long. Her essay, Quest for the Rufous Capped Warbler, appeared in the November/December 2021 issue of Bird Watcher’s Digest (BWD). Linda is an award winning writing instructor and private writing coach who inspires novices and seasoned pros alike. She is also Founder and Director of Blue Sage Writing and has been an instructor in the renowned University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival for three decades.

Bill Schmoker is a leading digital photographer. Since 2001 he has built a collection of photos documenting over 650 species of North American birds. His photography is widely published and, as a published writer, Bill wrote a chapter for Good Birders Don’t Wear White He is also a past Colorado/Wyoming regional editor for North American Birds and has been a member of the Leica Birding Team. Bill is especially fond of his involvement with the ABA’s Institute for Field Ornithology and Young Birder Programs. Bill is a popular birding guide, speaker, and workshop instructor, and teaches middle school science in Boulder, Colorado.

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