About Us

Eric Ripma  -  ericripma@gmail.com

Eric Ripma began birding at the age of ten in Indianapolis, Indiana. Throughout his childhood he birded every chance he had, from many of the spectacular migratory hotspots in the Great Lakes region to the Pacific coast and beyond. Eric has also been able to spend time birding in a number of tropical locations throughout Central America. Besides birding as a hobby, Eric has conducted bird surveys for multiple organizations throughout the western United States. He has also spent a fall migration season banding migratory birds and hopes to continue working with birds in this capacity. He enjoys sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge, especially about identification, with birders of all ages and experience levels. Most recently, he joined Sabrewing Nature Tours as a tour guide.

Rob Ripma  -  robert.ripma@nuttybirder.com

Rob Ripma, a life-long Indiana resident, is owner and creator of NuttyBirder.com, the place to go to find birds. He is also a partner in Sabrewing Nature Tours leading birding and photography trips in the US and Central and South America. Rob currently sits on the Black Swamp Bird Observatory’s (Ohio) Board of Directors as Secretary.

Prior to joining the BSBO board, he served on the executive board of the Indiana Audubon Society for three years as Treasurer and Vice President. He is co-founder of the Indiana Young Birders Club and speaks at a variety of organizations and schools about birds and birding to share his knowledge and experiences in the field.

Rob loves working with new and experienced birders of all ages and believes that teaching people about birds will not only increase interest in birding but also help them better understand why we must work to protect birds and their habitats. Rob has traveled and birded extensively all around the US and has taken pelagic trips into the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

When he’s not birding or traveling, Rob works part-time at Wild Birds Unlimited.Rob graduated from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 2008 with a degree in Marketing and lives with his wife Stephanie in Carmel, Indiana.