About Travis Keay
Born in Blackfoot, Idaho, Travis spent the first summer of his life at a fire lookout shelter in the Idaho Rocky Mountain wilderness with his mother and father. Having grown up as the son of a wildlife biologist in Yosemite National Park, California, he relocated to Denali National Park, Alaska, for high school. Throughout college in Fairbanks, Alaska, Travis maintained his passion for the outdoors while fighting wildland and municipal fires, as well as continuing to climb and explore the wilderness of Alaska.
Some of his favorite ventures include summiting Denali in 1996, floating along the Gulkana River wilderness in a canoe, and gold panning on the shores of the Bering Sea in Nome, Alaska. His love of nature and wildlife continues today as he volunteers with and leads birding trips for the National Audubon Society in Washington state.
Travis has 17 years of experience with birds in their natural habitats, including studying them in sub-Saharan Africa, Thailand, and on multiple expedition kayaking trips through the Inside Passage of southeast Alaska. Over the last 5 years, Travis has spent his spare time studying and lecturing on Antarctic and arctic birds. His interest in photography allows him to capture and share his experiences with fellow birders and adventurers.
Travis is an environmental steward in his local community, through habitat restoration, county water-quality monitoring and bird counts. When not guiding, he is a firefighter for the City of Seattle.