The Accidental Birder


Andrew WeidmanI cant say I set out to be a birder; I fell into it by accident. For all I know, that's what every birder says.

That lead in makes birding sound like something shameful. It's not, and that's not what I meant. Bear with me.

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Nature and biology have always fascinated me. As a kid I spent my summers in the woods or the marsh, ducking farm chores, net in hand, mud to my knees if not higher.

In high school, aquaria and terraria dominated my bedroom, seashell and insect collections lining the walls. My goal on graduation was to "Save the Bay," before life got in the way and changed everything.


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