GREAT QUESTION! Hi. My name is KRISTI and I am the founder of Bird Mentor, where I teach advanced skills to thousands of beginning birders around the world through engaging courses and events. I have been actively involved in the birding and nature skills community for 25 years, working with casual birders, educators, and industry leaders.
After years of mentoring a diverse range of students, an unexpected pattern emerged. I found that many of my students felt excluded from the birding world because they didn’t believe they fit the traditional birder mold and therefore didn’t identify themselves as birders. The truth is, these people were as devoted to learning about birds as any traditional birder I knew.
To give these students, and the hundreds of thousands of people silently believing they too don’t belong, an opportunity to see what the varied faces of birding look like, and learn from some of the greats…I created this virtual festival.
Come get your bird love on with us.