My love of nature started by exploring the creek and woods behind my house in rural Missouri. In college I continued exploring the world by obtaining a BS in Conservation Geography and a MS in Resource Planning. I then worked to protect the environment through science, planning, and regulations. But I shifted my focus to education because I found that people often opposed ideas that they did not understand. I decided I could make a bigger impact in protecting the natural world by educating and connecting people to nature. Plus it is a lot of fun to see kids’ excitement and awe! I am excited to join the Cornell K-12 team where I will continue connecting young people to nature and birds.