Hello to all,
My name is Eliza Fraser and unlike most young birders writing for this blog, I’ve only been birding for about two years. Right now, my world life list is at 513 species. I’ve grown up outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in a world surrounded by birds. My dad is a birder, and there are many other excellent birders and great birding spots in my area.
Birding, for me, is an obsession that I love. I only began to love birding, as I said earlier, two years ago, but I have loved birds and nature ever since I was little. In kindergarten my dad showed me a picture of a Resplendent Quetzal, a stunning green and red trogon, and told me that he had seen one in Costa Rica before. Enthralled, I made him promise me that when I was twelve, we would go to Costa Rica and he would find one for me. Twelve years later, I was standing with my family in the cloud forest of Monteverde, watching two absolutely beautiful quetzals flying from tree to tree above me, as tears poured down my face. So close I did not need binoculars to see them, I felt overjoyed that my dream was coming true. Ever since then, my love for the outdoors and birding has circulated around that moment.
After Costa Rica, my family and I traveled to numerous countries and states, but since I did not start birding until recently, I have only actually birded in Belize, Guatemala, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. Fortunately, I am looking forward to going to the Hog Island Audubon’s Costa Rica teen birding camp this winter. Additionally, since I love to travel and hike, I am sure that my world life list will augment eventually.
Although birding is a large part of my life, I want to go into fields like criminal justice or foreign intelligence and work in the federal government when I get older. Hopefully, though, I can still spend part of my life birding. Birding has opened many doors for me, and introduced me to life-long friends that I can share my unique sport with.