Spark Bird: Chidi Paige and the Yellow Warbler
Written by Mark Bramhill
Mark Bramhill: That is BirdNote.
Chidi Paige grew up in Nigeria, and whereas she studied zoology, she was not an professional on birds. So, when she moved to america and bought a job working a youth STEM program on the Newark Museum in New Jersey and needed to train classes on fowl identification, she was in for a problem.
Chidi Paige: So right here I used to be, model new to the nation, going by means of a variety of tradition shock. And so I used to be not even conversant in the native fauna. I used to be studying to determine birds alongside my college students, who I am alleged to be instructing fowl identification! So I needed to be taught, and I needed to be taught quick.
Mark Bramhill: Her boss mentored her and helped lead the primary few birding journeys. And on a kind of journeys, as she bought the grasp of utilizing her binoculars, Chidi noticed a fowl in a pine tree.
Chidi Paige: It was this Yellow Warbler, this vibrant yellow fowl with purple streaks taking place its stomach.
[Yellow Warbler song, ML 57524601]
Chidi Paige: For me, it was an eye fixed opener. Like I by no means knew, I simply by no means knew this existed proper underneath my nostril.
[Yellow Warbler song, ML 165186111]
Chidi Paige: After I noticed that Yellow Warbler I used to be simply hooked. I used to be blown away and I needed to see extra.
Mark Bramhill: Chidi has caught with birding ever since, and designed a number of video games to make studying fowl identification enjoyable for teenagers. Study extra at our web site, BirdNote.org. I am Mark Bramhill.
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Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Yellow Warbler ML 57524601 recorded by J. McGowan, and Yellow Warbler ML 165186111 recorded by B. Walker.
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Narrator: Mark Bramhill
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