With this being my first post on the Birds & Blooms blog, I thought I would take the opportunity to share a little about myself.
I have been birding for just about 10 years now, but I was not always interested in birds. My brother became fascinated with them at a very young age, and I tended to be dragged along birding on family vacations throughout high school. I can hardly image what species I missed back then! All of that changed when my family made repeat trips to southwest Florida, and I started to really study the birds that we were seeing there. What really caught my eye were the herons, egrets, and Anhingas in Little Estero Lagoon, such as this Snowy Egret and Anhinga. Although I would bird in Florida and participate in Christmas and Spring Bird Counts, I did not regularly go birding around my home in Indiana.
My desire to go birding changed dramatically on a visit to the world famous Magee Marsh in Northwest Ohio in 2005. My mom and brother had been telling me about how amazing this place was for several years, but at the time I was a pretty typical teenage boy more interested in sports than birds. They finally convinced me to come with them after my freshman year in college, and I have been hooked on birding ever since. This Chestnut-sided Warbler is one of over 30 species that can be found at Magee Marsh.
After I graduated from college in 2008, my brother and I created NuttyBirder.com, where we help people find places to go birding all over the world and blog about our birding experiences and adventures. I have had the opportunity to travel all over the United States over the last several years and have more than made up for all the species that I missed on family vacations years ago.
In addition to running Nutty Birder, I speak to kids at schools and camps about birds and birding, give presentations to many garden clubs and Audubon groups, and am the Secretary of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory’s Board of Directors. I also work part-time at two Wild Birds Unlimited stores in Indiana.
Birding has become my biggest passion in life, and I can’t wait to share my excitement for birds and conservation with all of you!