Amanda Janusz

Unido: 21.mar.2017 Última actividad: 11.ago.2020

Hi! My name is Amanda. I’m a birder, photographer, and amateur forensic ornithologist.

I live and observe wildlife mostly in the eastern United States. If I found myself in the woods, I would probably start an eBird list but then leave it woefully neglected in favor of snapping photos of all the cool plants, insects, and fungi on and around the forest floor. I'll document feathers if they cross my path, but most of my feather identification work is done with the feathers in the Found Feathers project and not my personal finds. I also have a casual appreciation for Odonates--that is, when they stay still enough for a photo.

I’ve been an animal lover my whole life, but only recently have I started to “specialize” in birds. Since the summer of 2016, I’ve independently studied feathers, from their overall structure to the differences between the feathers of different species. It’s a terrifically interesting hobby, for sure, as feathers are both cleverly engineered and beautiful. In my opinion, feather identification is a sorely underappreciated and underdeveloped way to birdwatch!

I hope I can help and encourage people to attempt identification of found feathers! If you have any feather-related questions, feel free to send me a message or @recruit me, and I’ll do my best to help.

I also publish a blog at www.foundfeathers.org, where you can read about my experiences with naturalism with particular attention paid to birds and their feathers. I also maintain an extensive list of feather resources there which can be accessed through the main menu.

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