Hometown: Carpentersville, IL (main) / New Lisbon, WI (cabin)
How long have you been birding, and what got you started?
I have been seriously birding for about two years but I have been interested in birds for much longer.
A flock of Ducks (probably Ring-necked or Bufflehead) at our cabin back in 2013 was the first time I tried hard to identify a bird.
Why did you choose to join the Wisconsin Young Birders Club?
I saw it on the ABA website and thought it would help me with birding near our cabin (New Lisbon, WI).
Where do you see yourself as a birdwatcher in 10 years?
I see myself traveling around the world trying to see the most birds possible and as a avian field technician for my job.
Tell us an interesting/funny birding story from your experience in Wisconsin or elsewhere.
We were going to walk our dog and as I am walking down our driveway, I spot a Warbler about 7 feet up in a tree about 15 feet away. I walked closer till I was only about 5 feet from the bird. I got my binoculars on it and realized that it was one of the most rare birds I had ever seen. It was a Kirtland’s Warbler! The bird stayed for almost a minute with me at that distance allowing me to study the it very well.
What advice would you give to a novice young birder?
Keep birding. Know that even the most experienced birders make mistakes and age is not a barrier.
Why is birding important to you?
Birding is important to me because
1 – I have made many friends through birding.
2 – It is the only hobby/activity that I have ever had that I can do anytime and anywhere.
And 3 – It gets me outdoors.
You can check out Oliver’s fledgling Illinois bird club, the Whimbrel Bird Club, here: https://whimbrelbirders.org/
Thank you Oliver!