The Beginning of Being a Birder
by John Shenot
It was 1992. I’d finished graduate school in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and I was searching for a full-time job and a start to my new career. I had a part-time internship that almost paid the bills, and a little bit too much time on my hands. So, I was looking for entertainment—or even just distractions—that didn’t cost money.
Driving home from my internship one morn-ing, I pulled over to the side of the road running along the Huron River because I had nothing better to do. And then I saw him, up close, and everything changed. He was so handsome I think I gasped. He was a Common Goldeneye, and from that day on I was a birder. I suspect that many of us have a similar story that is engraved in our memory. That time, that day, that place, when the miracle that had been around us all along finally came into focus. When we saw the beauty, the mystery, the gift—when we really saw it—for the first time.
This month, I’m skipping my usual column about the —business? of FCAS to share my story and to encourage you to share your story. I’d love to hear it, certainly. But more importantly, tell a friend, a coworker, or a relative about that day you got hooked on nature. Bonus points if you tell someone who hasn’t yet had such a moment.
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