I spent most of my life very disconnected from the natural world. But something happened when I was almost 40 years old that changed everything for me. What was this momentous event, you ask? I’ll tell you: I put up a bird feeder.
I had no idea that the simple act of putting seeds in a feeder would open my eyes as it eventually did.
As the birds started showing up in my yard, I wanted to know what they were. So I bought a pocket-sized “feeder bird identification” book. And then I thought, well, why not add another feeder? And soon, another? I’ve always loved to learn new things, so this blossoming interest was a treasure trove that provided endless opportunities to discover more about the world.
My thirsty brain led me to subscribe to bird-related magazines and continue adding to my library of bird field guides. And one day I saw an ad in one of those magazines for a birding festival in Ohio. It was called the Biggest Week in American Birding, and it was billed as the “Warbler Capital of the World.” I’d never seen a warbler before (most of them don’t come to feeders) but was intrigued by the photos of the brightly-colored little birds.
To make a long story short, I attended the Biggest Week and my life was changed forever. I fell in love with warblers, took all kinds of interesting nature-related workshops, and my interests quickly expanded to anything and everything related to birds: their habitats, their food sources (insects are fascinating!), their behaviors, you name it.
I love to share what I learn, and that’s what I try to do here on the blog. Recently, for example, I’ve been telling you about my first experience at raising Monarch butterflies in my house. (If you stick around or browse the archives you’ll notice that I also write about my perspective on life as a Highly-Sensitive Person, which you can read about here on my alternate About page. I’ve found that there are many HSPs who are also nature lovers, so the two parts of my life mesh together in interesting ways.)
Thanks for reading this far, and please feel free to write to me using the “Contact Me” link at the top of each page. Now, that’s enough computer time for today…why not step outside and see what’s happening in the natural world? 🙂