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Christian Hagenlocher, The Birding Project: An EPIC Big Year
April 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
In 2016, Christian left all things comfortable – his home, job, and ambitions of becoming a film producer – and began driving around the country searching for rare birds. As his journey unfolded, he began interviewing birders he met nationwide, and started The Birding Project – a birding blog aimed at sharing the stories of birders. In July, Christian became the youngest birder to see over 700 species in a very Big Year!
But this is not just about seeing a bunch of birds. Perhaps the headlines from The Birding Project say it best:
A year of self-discovery, birding, and unparalleled adventure, an epic big year. Educate. Preserve. Inspire. Connect. It’s time for a new kind of big year: slow down, connect with birders, enjoy the birds.
Christian Hagenlocher has pursued his passion for birds since childhood. After graduating college, Christian taught High School Biology for 4 years, where he used the ancient sport of falconry as a teaching tool and led students abroad to Belize, Israel, and Costa Rica. He took a brief break from teaching to help produce a PBS documentary about the decline of Prairie Chickens, before starting his Big Year. While birding in Alaska, Christian found a whale washed up on the beach which scientists have recently confirmed to be a new species. Currently, Christian teaches Science at The Link School, an experiential learning high school in Buena Vista, Colorado.
7:00 – 7:15 pm: Bird quiz and social time with light refreshments. Come and meet old friends…or make new ones.
7:15 – 7:30 pm: The Columbus Audubon Annual Meeting and board election.
7:30 – 9:00 pm: Main program, door prizes
This Columbus Audubon program is free and open to the public. Programs are held at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center (505 West Whittier Street in the Scioto-Audubon Metro Park on the Whittier Peninsula).