One of the joys of working in the Pacific Northwest is the opportunity to work with other enthusiastic bird nerds. When I explain to laypeople that I work with birds, I am mostly met with confusion or, better yet, the “Can You Identify This Bird Based On Vague Descriptions” game. But there is a special breed of people who, like me, enjoy watching swallows cut and weave through the air and identifying them by their iridescent plumage. I have lived and worked in several other states across the US and have yet to find such a welcoming and delightful community of binocular-toting, bird-book-reading individuals anywhere else.

Observe: a flock of bird nerds in their native habitat. Note the universal appearance of ocular devises, the outdoor “plumage” and the serious expressions!

Observe: a flock of bird nerds in their native habitat. Note the universal