I flew back from Norfolk, Virginia on January 1st. I had January 2nd to rest.
Audubon Magazine published a wonderful article that captured my big year's deeper mission exceptionally well: https://www.audubon.org/news/meet-bird-guide-and-blogger-mission-keep-women-birders-safe.
January 3rd began six days of guiding with my brand new business, Nature Ninja Birding Tours.
Then two days off. Then five more days of guiding.
It's been a recycling loop of Bat Falcon, Crimson-collared Grosbeak, Golden-crowned Warbler, and Social Flycatcher sightings, with Morelet's Seedeaters and Hook-billed Kite sprinkled in for good measure. The seedeaters and kite have been more reliable this year than any of the eight years I've lived here! It's been quite the time to begin full-time guiding, with so many rarities around!
My calendar for the next week continues to be filled with press interviews. Strangers out birding have been recognizing me. One requested a selfie last week. In a sense, the birder fame feels absurd. It was never my plan to break the record. But feeling SEEN and recognized after spending so many years nearly invisible as I birded alongside men, feels amazing. “Hi, I’m a human too, I bird and I know things.” All too often, when birding alongside a man, others presume it’s the man in the know; the man has the info, the man is the best birder in the group. Ladies, it’s time we turn the tables and take up space in the upper levels of birding.
I have availability some dates in January, February, and March, and May, with limited availability remaining for April.
Call or text: 715-209-5751