David Brewer was born in western England, rather longer ago than he is now prepared to admit. He started bird-watching at about age eleven, and by fourteen was totally hooked. Professionally he is an industrial research chemist, with degrees in Natural Sciences and Organic Chemistry from Cambridge and Glasgow. After graduating he took a one-year fellowship at the University of Arizona in Tucson, when he spent much of his spare time on bird-watching forays into Mexico and northern Central America, which was the beginning of his life-long interest in the birds of the Neotropical region. He has spent his entire career working in agricultural and pharmaceutical chemistry in Guelph, Ontario. He has watched birds in all seven continents, though South America is still his area of greatest interest. He has written several books, including a guide-book for bird-watchers in Central America, a monograph on wrens, dippers and thrashers, several chapters in the "Handbook of the Birds of the World" and four volumes on banding recoveries of Canadian birds.He was former President of the Ontario Bird-banding Association and is a Research Associate in Ornithology at the Royal Ontario Museum.
“Very thorough and went out of his way to make sure we saw as much as possible. Pure delight to see expression on this face as he presented Black-and-white Warbler – our last (and maybe the best) official new species.” J.&L.I. 2011
“David is the best birder I have ever met. Not only could he identify every bird song we heard but he also knew where each species had wintered, where they nested and when they usually passed through southern Ontario. He knew the area really well and made sure that we saw as many species as possible. David was a fun person to be with and he enjoyed sharing his knowledge of birds with us.” J.I. 2011