You don’t have to be an expert or feel like you have to be an expert to take a lot of pleasure from birding
While waiting for Rosy finches to come to the feeders, Andy and I met several groups of birders stopping by on their way to other birding spots for the day. We enjoyed visiting with them, and naturally- they wanted to participate in The Birding Project! 

While waiting for Rosy finches to come to the feeders, Andy and I met several groups of birders stopping by on their way to other birding spots for the day. We enjoyed visiting with them, and naturally- they wanted to participate in The Birding Project! 


How has technology played a role in your experience birding?

"eBird obviously is what came to my mind. That's definitely what got me more into birding- the thought of getting to contribute to this project. I already knew I wanted to be a scientist,  but I still very much considered myself to be an amateur. Getting to contribute to other science as an amateur was really exciting to me."   -Kristin

What advice would you give to someone new to birding or to a young birder? 

"Join up or meet someone who knows what they're doing. You may think you know what you're doing but you probably don't. Just as far as the local spots and what to pay attention to. I tried to do it alone for a while and I got frustrated because I wasn't good at it. I had a couple people help me out for a little bit and I was like ok, it opened up the world."   -Jennifer