Eliza started birding about a year ago. She starting going birding with her dad, who promised her when she was young to take her to see her favorite bird, the Resplendent Quetzal in Costa Rica. He made good on his promise, and she saw two in Monteverde! She's interested in seeing unique habitats and unique birds, like Ptarmigans in Colorado.
These past few days on Hog Island, I've talked with dozens of teen birders from around the country. I wanted to share with you some of their thoughts about birds and birding from our interviews. It's amazing to hear the depth of their answers to some of the same questions I've been asking adults. They are thoughtful, unselfish, question-driven, and enthusiastic. After 24 hours of being on the island together, I watched new friendships form and saw many examples of camaraderie. After meeting and birding with this group of young conservationists, I am optimistic for the future of birds and birding.