Why I'm a Birder

Mya-Rose Craig (Birdgirl)

— This early birder wants to be the next David Attenborough, but not before she sees 5,400 birds.

Sharon Stiteler (Birdchick)

— Sharon Stiteler discusses birding in a different time, without binoculars or the Internet.
Courtesy of J. Drew Lanham

J. Drew Lanham

— For ornithologist Drew Lanham, it started with the (in)ability to fly.

Jane Alexander

— For this Tony Award-winning actress, avian conservation is a big part of being a birder.
Courtesy Karl Mechen

Karl Mechem (The Inept Birder)

— Karl Mechem, better known as the Inept Birder, recalls his first dalliance with birding, and marvels at how far he’s come (sort of).
Courtesy of Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen

— The best-selling author calls discovering birds “the third major revelation of my life."
Courtesy of Katie Notopoulus

Katie Notopoulos

— A senior editor at BuzzFeed explains how an Internet rabbit hole led her to a web-free hobby.
Courtesy of Nicholas Lund

Nicholas Lund (The Birdist)

— The Birdist explains how he got hooked.