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Meet Saudi Birding

Gregory Askew lived in the Middle East for over eleven years, the last four and half of which were spent in Saudi Arabia. 

While he loved being an expat and the opportunities to travel more widely that that life afforded him, the pull of home prevailed and now he looks forward to building a new life stateside. He and his wife have since repatriated and are now living in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he maintains a day-to-day connection with Saudi Arabia through his work as an English teacher with the Royal Saudi Air Force cadet training program at Sheppard Air Base. You can now find him birding the prairies, scrubland, and woods around North Texas.

Besides birds and birding, Greg is also an avid language learner—while, according to him, still far from fluent, he has been teaching himself Arabic since he first moved to the Middle East in 2010 and can hold his own out and about in the Kingdom.

In addition to his day job, Greg is the eBird reviewer for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar, a role in which he keeps tabs on the wonderful birds being encountered by the growing eBirding communities there. He also offers remote guiding services to visiting birders to the Kingdom as well as personally guided bird tours two or three times a year.

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