Bryce is a longtime friend and colleague of HawkWatch International, serving over a decade ago as a migration crew member at our Goshute Mountains HawkWatch. We have had the joy of watching Bryce evolve into a full-fledged raptor biologist and a professional scientific illustrator. Since his HWI days, Bryce has received his master’s from Boise State in Raptor Biology, where he studied the importance of Gyrfalcon nest initiation date related to prey use during the nestling period on the Seward Peninsula in western Alaska. These days you can find
him pursuing his Ph.D. at Cornell University and working on the Red-tailed Hawk Project.
When Bryce is not in the thick of research, he pursues his artistic passions. What makes his work so special is that it is a tool for translating scientific knowledge. Bryce creates highly detailed but clean and clear depictions of avian species that describe differences in sexes, identification field markers, and taxonomy. His work is often featured in research papers and field guides to help bring scientific concepts to life. Not to mention Bryce has an incredible raptor photography portfolio!
You have likely seen many of Bryce’s designs in our store, from our Bearded Vulture shirt, buteo and accipiter prints, and soon the re-release of a fan favorite coming in 2023. We are so grateful to Bryce for allowing us to share so many of his designs over the years. To shop your own Bryce Robinson gear, head to our store: https://hawkwatch-international.myshopify.com/collections/apparel
What is your “spark bird,” aka the species that sparked your interest in birds?
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
What inspires your work?
Many things inspire me to illustrate birds, but one, in particular, is the work of others. When I see the unique work of talented illustrators of the past and present, I feel encouraged to add my voice to the mix.
What do you do outside of your art?
I’m an active birder and an ornithologist, so birds take up a lot of space in my life. Otherwise, I enjoy time with friends, live music, and getting out for hikes with my wife, Caitlin, and our two dogs, Cassin and Eider.
Where can people find and support you?
This blog was written by Sammy Riccio, HWI’s Donor Engagement Coordinator. You can learn more about Sammy here.