Recently, I was asked to write a little about myself for the ABA young birders blog, the Eyrie. I immediately and willingly agreed. A sample of this write-up can be found below. For the complete post, click here.
Although I “officially” started birding when I was eleven, my interest in birds began when I was nine. I remember taking my mom’s camera outside and just “playing around” with it. I photographed Carolina Chickadees, Northern Cardinals, Carolina Wrens, and other common backyard birds and identified them with a field guide I got for my tenth birthday. I hung up bird feeders in our backyard, and soon I became quite familiar with many common bird species. In the spring of 2011, I went with the Nashville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society (NTOS) on a few bird walks at Radnor Lake in Nashville, TN. I thought they were the best birders in the world, identifying all these warblers and other species by songs and calls! I knew I wanted to be skilled like them, so it was then and there that I became a true birder..... (Click here for more.)