Join/Renew (2024 Dues)

Event: SDFO Meeting – June 18, 2024

Jun
18

Program: Birdie Big Year, by Tiffany Kersten.

Tiffany didn’t set out to do a Big Year but after a series of unanticipated and serendipitous events, she suddenly found herself amidst one. As a sexual assault survivor, she spent 2021 traveling to all corners of the country, tallying birds and gifting personal safety alarms to women she met along the way. Her goal was to see 700 species and to raise awareness of women’s safety in the outdoors. She surpassed her goal and set a new record with 726 species. In her presentation, Tiffany will lead us through the fear, empowerment, struggles and healing which all played vital roles in the personal growth she experienced on this wild adventure.
Tiffany Kersten is a Wisconsin native who now resides in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Hooked on birds since age 12, she graduated from Northland College with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology. She has spent fifteen years working in conservation and environmental education with organizations including the US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Cape May Bird Observatory. After completing a Lower 48 States Big Year in 2021, she founded her own company, Nature Ninja Birding Tours.