I grew up in a small southern Minnesota town called Winnebago, where much of my free time as a youngster was spent playing outside, whether it was baseball or fishing the Blue Earth River. My interest in birds started with observing a yellow-headed blackbird at my grandmother’s farm when I was young, alongside my affinity for nature and the outdoors. I have a degree in Environmental Biology from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
I am currently the Head Naturalist with the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog, have been a member of Duluth Audubon Society for 7 years (participating on the Board for 6 years, and am currently the chair for the Education and Field Trip Committee, and co-chair of the Bird City Committee), and also teach courses for the Minnesota Master Naturalist program. I have an affinity for every and all species in the region and beyond and am happy to be teaching another round of Bird ID Courses!
Photo courtesy Steve Kuchera