I have loved birds since I was a little child. As a kid, I would spend my days skimming through field guides, and dream of seeing many of these beautiful birds. While
attending Northland College (Ashland, WI) for my natural resources degree, I created a “bird club,” and teacher-assisted
ornithology on multiple accounts. After graduating, I taught field ornithology twice at Northland College.
My field experiences (what I call, my bird jobs) have led me through much of the beautiful northern states of the lower 48; and experiencing the beautiful elements while studying the birds both near and up close, has created a love in life that I never thought existed.
While "on the job," I have spent several years hiking through the prairie potholes of North Dakota & South Dakota, performing breeding bird transects under wind farms. While spending half of a year in western Oregon, I conducted cavity-nesting surveys in the mountains and valleys of this beautiful state. Even earlier on, I conducted breeding bird surveys through northern Wisconsin and northern Minnesota; bushwhacking throughout these beautiful northwoods and jotted-down every bird that I came across. One of the most amazing parts of partaking in breeding bird surveys and avian field studies, is that you get to make the most of each day; seeing a sunrise shoot out from a dark sky, and witnessing first-hand the stunning bird life that exists!
Throughout the past four five seasons I have pointed out migrating birds of prey and songbirds at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth, MN as the count interpreter. I offer monthly presentations on bird ecology, bird photography, and bird identification (specific ID workshops per genre of bird). So far I have created my own raptor, sparrow, warbler and gull "workshops." In the fall season I offer free weekly bird hikes through the Duluth Audubon Society, and will be offering free weekly gull workshops this winter as well. I am on the board of directors for the Duluth Audubon Society.
My love for birds drives me to teach people about these beautiful animals. Whether you're a die-hard birder, a beginning birdwatcher, or someone that has never used a pair of binocluars; Naturally Avian has just what you're looking for. If you're interested in seeing a grand list of birds for the day, Naturally Avian can work to make that happen. If you're interested in specific species to add to a life list, Naturally Avian can take you to the locations where those birds reside. If you're looking for a fun day of learning about birds with your family, Naturally Avian can provide you with an exciting day of fun bird facts with a wide variety of birds seen. If you're looking to photograph birds, Naturally Avian can bring you to the hotspots per bird requested, and will happily share my knowledge and understanding of bird photography with you.
And if you're looking for a combination of all of the above and more... Naturally Avian will meet and exceed your expectations. A good birding guide should never promise "life birds," but I can promise you that you will be treated to a memorable and special day of birdwatching.
I am looking forward to sharing my passion of birds and nature with you! Thank you for checking out my site!