Notes of A Young Birder

Ethan Rising is a 15 year old birder born and raised in Cincinnati. Ethan’s fascination with birds began when a preschool teacher taught a unit on the Bald Eagle. Ethan learned everything he could about eagles the way some children do with dinosaurs. Ethan discovered the Ohio Young Birders Club when he was 7, then led by Kathy McDonald. His interest has now lasted over 11 years and has expanded from the Bald Eagle to raptors, then to songbirds, then to all things nature related.

He is a sophomore at the Seven Hills School. Ethan has gotten frst and second place for bird photography in the American Birding Association’s Young Birder of the Year contest and has been a speaker at the Ohio Young Birders Club annual conference, The Biggest Week in American Birding and last year was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Indiana Young Birders Conference.

Audubon programs are held on the third Monday of the month (not including January, July, August or December). We meet at 7:00 p.m. for light refreshments, with the program beginning at 7:30. We meet at the Winton Woods visitor center, located at 10245 Winton Road. To reach the visitor center from I-275, take the Winton Road exit, and go south. Just before the lake, turn right into the park. From the Ronald Reagan Highway, take the Winton Road North exit, and turn left into the park just after the lake.

Note that a Park District auto sticker is required – $3.00 daily or $10.00 annual for Hamilton County residents, or $5.00 daily or $14.00 annual for non-residents.

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