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She was kind enough to chat with our Naturalist Michelle to give you all an idea of what to expect & a glimpse into her unique career path.
I saw a Peterson Field Guide when I was seven years old and snapped. I saw that there was such a thing as a crow-sized woodpecker and I was hooked.
What it’s like to go birding in a nudist colony.
Every day my job is different. Sure I have office days, but some days I’m in biking along with bee-eaters in Austria and others leading kayak tours on the Mississippi River.
The hardest part was getting people to pay me for my work. People would say, “but you like birds, so you should do this for free” or “this will be good exposure.” I would reply, “People die of exposure in my line of work."
My go to is to always tell them about the ballistic spiral penises on ducks. If that’s too risqué I also tell them that birding is a like a treasure hunt you can do where ever you go. Only the treasure moves…and sometimes changes color.
You find someone with the handle Birdchick on social media, that would be me. I’m on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
To learn more about Sharon & her work you can find her all over the internet. Check out her website for a full listing of where you can find her & how you can follow her amazing adventures.
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