Melissa Mayntz has been birding for more than 30 years and is developing her urban backyard into a certified bird wildlife habitat.
Melissa's birding has taken her from the Midwest to the Southeast to the West and internationally to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. She has observed hundreds of bird species and has been published in Bird Watcher's Digest, WildBird Magazine and National Wildlife Magazine.
Her backyard is currently visited by dozens of species, including western scrub-jays, house finches, dark-eyed juncos, Cassin's finches, American goldfinches, Eurasian collared doves, mourning doves and sharp-shinned hawks. She maintains a personal blog, Backyard Birds Utah, about all the feathered exploits in her backyard and her own birding adventures, and is on the planning committee for the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival.
Birding is an amazing hobby that is simple to get started in but will quickly take over your spare time. Nothing matches the thrill of discovering a new species to add to your life list, and knowing how to be a conscientious birder is a tremendous source of personal satisfaction. When I'm out on a trail birding, I feel as free as the birds soaring above me or flitting through the trees. I look forward to sharing my experiences and advice with anyone interested in this rewarding hobby.
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