My name is Charlotte and I’m a young birder and enjoy birding, so I decided in late 2010 I should start a blog to record and write about my sightings.
I live on the prairies in Alberta, Canada, where I couldn’t be happier, with a big open sky, prairie, and lots of open water. I live on a farm with many animals — rabbits, chickens, beef cattle, horses, and a dog (who sometimes comes birding with me) — and many varieties of birds, including Western Meadowlarks, Mountain Bluebirds, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Cinnamon Teals, Sprague’s Pipits, Le Conte’s Sparrows, and Yellow-headed Blackbirds. However, I’ve also birded on the island on Nevis in the West Indies, in New York City, both places where my late grandparents used to live, and in Washington, DC. And in August 2012 I was selected to be part of the Young Ornithologists’ Workshop at the Long Point Bird Observatory in Ontario. In April 2013, I helped the Edmonton Nature Club with the Young Naturalists’ Corner at the Snow Goose Chase in Tofield, Alberta. And in August 2013, I was back at the Long Point Bird Observatory for a four-week Young Ornithologists’ Internship, helping with migration monitoring, and my own research project, a Monarch Butterfly census.
In the summer of 2012, I started the Facebook group “Alberta Birds”, for birders to post photographs (and videos) of, questions about, and just generally discuss, the birds in this province. If you bird in Alberta, or plan to bird here on a visit, or would just like to see the wonderful avian species we have in our province, please come join us!
I’m starting grade 12 this fall, and my favorite subjects are history and natural history/science. This year, I’m also finishing the last three chapters in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s home study course in bird biology.
After a birding drive in the fall of 2014,