I wanted to do a quick recap of my 2013, because it was so amazing! These are all of the big bird-related events that happened to me last year.
- In April, I found out that I won the American Birding Association's Young Birder of the Year contest along with Eric Hughes. This was the start of a wild, year-long ride. As one of the Young Birders of the Year, I received a pair of Leica Trinovids, and I also got to write for The Eyrie, fly to Delaware to speak at the Mid-Atlantic Young Birder Conference, and participate in an interview for Birding Magazine. There are still a few months left until 2014's Young Birder of the Year is announced... I'm excited to see who it'll be! The YBY contest always uncovers such cool artists, writers, photographers, and projects.
- Sometime in the summer, my parents very generously got me a new camera (a Nikon D3200), which has been so much fun to play with and learn about. If any of the pictures on this blog have made you think "wow that's cool," 50% of the awesomeness came right from that camera! (The other 50% came from the bird. I just push buttons.)
- In July, I attended the American Birding Association's Camp Colorado on a scholarship from the Central Valley Bird Club. Thanks, CVBC! :) This was my first birding camp, and it was better than I could have ever expected. I got to meet super intelligent and inspiring camp leaders, and equally inspiring young birders. The birding was amazing, the Colorado landscapes were stunning. If you want to read my whole account of Camp Colorado, you can find it here! What good memories. I can't believe that was already half a year ago.
- In August, my family flew to Romania and I saw my first few European species! That was just the first taste... You can bet I will be back in Europe for a more thorough tour. ;)
- Later on in August, I moved into college at Berkeley! Being in this new environment of birds has been really interesting. It's only an hour or so away from my hometown, but the variety of birds is almost completely different. I haven't had too much time to explore, what with... homework... and essays... and all that... but I hope to do more exploring in the spring. Berkeley is also where I got involved with the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. The MVZ is one of my favorite places on campus. Get ready for even more stories from the museum next semester!
- In September, I attended the Mid-Atlantic Young Birder Conference. I had only attended one birding conference before in 2012 with the Western Field Ornithologists. This conference was different in one huge way: I was invited to be one of the keynote speakers. A lot of people congratulated me and complimented me for my speech, so thanks, guys!! This conference was a whirlwind of birding and speeches and meeting cool people. It was oodles of fun. I can't wait to visit Delaware again, and travel the rest of the East Coast, too! You can read my write-up of this fun conference here.
|A Black Phoebe from Christmas Day.|