Meet the Original 4
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Birderchicks was started by 4 amazing real-life birderchicks, this community is here for you to do what you do best - explore, look, and discover something fascinating. We will provide you with functionable and fashionable bird watching gear to equip you for the best birding experience possible. Grab your binoculars, and let's have some fun.
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Nancy, is the Pathfinder and Chief of Fun. She is a go-getter and enjoys early morning walks to look for birds, sometimes waking up at 5 am to go on a birding journey. Her homescape is habitat for hundreds of birds that throng around her feeders. She likes to bird watch because her father watched birds and taught her to identify them from an early age.
Extra fun fact: While she won’t "judge" you on the trail, Nancy’s motto is “be prepared” and she’ll gavel you when you’re not.
Dixie is our Texas birderchick with a wonderfully, big personality to match her big Texas hair. She enjoys birding in all parts of the country but recognizes how awesome her home state is. She revels in the scissortail flycatchers’ faithful return each March, the scurry of El Chaparrell, the roadrunner, her nesting Mississippi Kites and many other birds found year around in the Lone Star State!
Extra fun fact: You’re likely to find Dixie in her cowgirl boots off the trail!
Jessie is the brains of the bunch and Head of the Dancing Committee. She might mend your tibia or replace your hip in her day job, but this birderchick likes to travel to tropical places to look for cool birds. She is an avid angler, was once a squash national champ, and is the leader of whatever pack she’s in.
Extra fun fact: Jessie once saw a Bay-headed Tanager while in Costa Rica.
Yvonne is the artist, creative, talented, and always painting a good picture of what she finds out on the trail (literally and figuratively). A South Carolina Native, Yvonne's favorite places to go birding are Cape Romain and Edisto Island, South Carolina, but she also enjoys the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, the Gulf Coast of Florida, and Southern California. Yvonne’s the spiritual leader and a purveyor of fun with an inimitable wit.
Extra fun fact: Yvonne has over 20 oil paintings of birds in her home... talk about a collector!
Image by Charlotte Moore
One of my most adventuresomes birding trips was scouting around Arizona in May, 1989 exploring new places in search for new birds. We were there for a week's vacation following a conference and set out with no hotel reservations and no particular agenda. We usually would look on the road map (no google maps/searches then) and look for state or national parks, National Wildlife Refuges, scenic highways, or just stop in if we saw a brown sign or a lake. On our way south from Phoenix at a park headquarters or a gift shop. we found a little local booklet that was a description of someone's adventures and locations of where they had seen different birds. So we set out from Tucson early one morning and headed to Mt. Lemmon State Park and went to Rose Canyon Campground and indeed, just as the writer described, we saw red-faced warblers in the trees at the picnic area. We had talked about going on this trip to the Saguaro National Park (and later did), but met some people in the Coronado National Forest who had been to Madera Canyon in the past few days. They had seen the Elegant Trogon, one of the only locations in the USA that you can see this. So off we went. Well with no hotel booked in or near Madera Canyon, we took off and we spotted several interesting spots along the way. We went to the top parking lot, and set foot in hunt for the trogon going up the trail. We sat in wait and searched intently for the trogon and suddenly saw the male perched on a limb very near where we were sitting and later also saw the female along the mostly dry riverbank. Oh what a day...