Brad has been a role model and birding mentor to me for the last 10 years. In high school he loaned me a pair of binoculars, opening up the world of birds to me through crystal-clear German glass. Seeing warblers in sharp focus made spring migration come to life, and widened my perspective beyond raptors. Since then, we have birded together in Israel, Ecuador, and Costa Rica. I admire him in every sense of the word, and it seemed perfectly fitting to return to my high school and bird with him, checking off my Eurasian Tree Sparrow for the year.