Hi! I am Heather Russell, an accidental birder living in North Carolina. A few years ago I was helping my dad take care of my mom before she passed away. Birding started as a way to pass the time during the afternoon when she would fall asleep. It soon became a passion and some may say an obsession. I have combined my love for birds and nature with my love for photography. Birding has taken me out of my comfort zone and to many new and interesting places. Many of the journeys I have taken on my own, some with family, and some with new friends. Now I hope to inspire you to get out there and enjoy all that birds and nature have to offer.

I am so thankful for all that has come from my birding:

  • a new appreciation for nature and the world around me
  • a connection to others, I have made new friends in many places
  • opportunities to explore new places and revisit old places
  • improved health – it gets me outside
  • improved brain function – stimulates my brain and hones my senses
  • patience

I spent over 20 years in the classroom teaching grades 1-3 except for the 1/2 year I taught Middle School Language Arts…I never thought that year would end! In those 20+ years I never took much time for myself. I was either teaching, planning lessons, grading papers, planning field trips, serving on committees, or raising my own children. Who had time to stop and look at birds? Now looking back on it all, I wish I had taken the time.

My hope is that this blog will help others understand more about the birds around us and what they bring to the world. I know until I started watching the birds and reading about them, I was clueless. I have gained so much in my short time watching and following the birds. Besides their beauty, they really do contribute a lot to our world.

Besides birding and birds, this blog will sometimes focus on other things — my love for nature, my love for photography, a new beer I try at one of our local craft breweries, other interesting things I find, whatever.

Carolina Wren

If you can’t be in awe of Mother Nature, there’s something wrong with you.”

Alex Trebek

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt

John Muir

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

Dr. Seuss