WFO Hosts Student Zoom Programs

Cassidy the Swainson’s Hawk, an ambassador bird at Liberty Wildlife, Phoenix, Arizona.

Calling all young birders and students! Are you looking for tips about becoming a professional ornithologist? Would you like to know how you can turn your passion for birding into a career? WFO is excited to host Zoom presentations covering these topics. The programs are geared toward students who are interested in ornithology careers and conservation.

WFO started the year with two Zoom programs in January. On January 18, Eleanor Diamant, a PhD candidate at UCLA, discussed her experience studying and researching ornithology. The January 21 program featured Liberty Wildlife in Phoenix, Arizona, a wildlife rehabilitation group that maintains a non-eagle feather repository that provides feathers to federally recognized Native American tribes.

Two programs are scheduled for February and March.

  • Saturday, February 11, 12 pm. WFO student scholar panel with Calvin Bonn, Lara Tseng, Blythe Wilde, and Fianna Wilde. Learn from your peers about their experiences as birders and their career goals.
  • Thursday, March 16, 5 pm. Dan Airola, Jon Dunn, Bob Gill, and Colleen Handel, who work in the wildlife and ornithology field, discuss their career path, and offer and tips for the next generation of birders.

All programs are free and open to young birders and students. Registration is required. To sign up, contact Maci MacPherson.

For more information on student programs and for watching previous presentations, visit Upcoming Events on the WFO website.


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  1. What? Only young birders and students can join? What about those that think young or are for ever students? Perhaps adult WFO members might want to watch because they are mentoring kids and want to know this information. Please don’t create this kind of barrier. Inclusive not exclusive.