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Jennie Duberstein grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a love for nature and animals although it wasn’t until college that she became interested in birds. Between her junior and senior year at Virginia Tech, she worked on an Osprey reintroduction project in western Pennsylvania and that was all it took: she was hooked.

Jennie has lived in southeastern Arizona since 2001. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment. She has coordinated, developed, and taught courses and workshops on bird identification, ecotourism, and bird monitoring, and has studied species including Osprey, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Double-crested Cormorant, and wading birds.


Pining for Pine Flycatchers

What do you do when a first U.S. record shows up about two hours from where you live? If you are me, and you live in southeastern Arizona, and the bird in question is the Pine Flycatcher, you watch your Facebook newsfeed fill up with brilliant pictures taken by all of your friends who were free to go look for this unlikely arrival. It was midweek, though, and I had to work. By the following Saturday, it was clear that the bird was planning on sticking around for at least a little while longer. According to all of the reports,…

Army Ants and Antbirds

Have you ever stood in the middle of an army ant swarm? Leica Birding Team member Jennie Duberstein takes us to Pipeline Road in Panama.

Leica Stories: Ana Ágreda

Enjoy this special bilingual edition of Leica Stories and meet Ecuadorian wildlife biologist Ana Águeda, who works hard to conserve shorebirds and waterbirds.

My Log from the Sea of Cortez

Climbing up into the panga felt so familiar. I was instantly transported back in time, suddenly 15 years younger. The tractor backed us down the boat ramp, the boatman started the motors, and we were off on a Gulf of California adventure.

Leica Stories: An Interview with Jennie MacFarland

“I have a question for you about volunteering for the Arizona Important Bird Areas program.” I can’t tell you how many times someone has come up to me asking something like this. “I’m not the Jennie you are looking for,” I tell them. “You are Jennie, the bird biologist who works at the Historic YWCA building, aren’t you?” they ask. “Yes,” I reply. “I am. But you want the Jennie who works down the hall, not me.” She’s Jennie-Mac. I’m J-Dubes. (Or, as Camp Colorado 2015 participants decided to call me, J-Dub). We both work in bird conservation and have offices…

One Gal, Three Guys and Five-striped Sparrows: Chasing Birds with Noah Strycker

Have you ever seen a Five-striped Sparrow? It’s a Mexican species that just makes its way into the United States in a few spots in southeastern Arizona. The phrase “death march” often accompany a description of an attempt to find Five-striped Sparrow in Arizona. The roads require high clearance and sometimes four-wheel drive. Flat tires are not uncommon, nor are encounters with Border Patrol agents, as the spot is just north of the international boundary with Mexico. Let’s just say that looking for Five-striped Sparrow in Arizona can be a bit of an adventure. Back in 2006 Michael O’Brien, Louise…


Leica Stories: An Interview with Danielle Brigida

I met Danielle Brigida (pronounced like London BRIDGE-i-da, as she’d tell you) three or four years ago when she taught a social media course I was taking at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. At the time she was in charge of social media for the National Wildlife Federation. We instantly clicked over a shared love of birds and running. I’m not sure that I’ve ever met someone with such an unabashedly enthusiastic sense of wonder about virtually every aspect of the natural world. (When you read on to find out what she does for a living, it’ll…


Local Patch Birding

Do you have a local patch? A spot near your home where you regularly go to bird? I live in Tucson, Arizona, and my spot is a wastewater treatment facility called Sweetwater Wetlands. The City of Tucson has created a spot that not only uses natural processes to help clean wastewater, but also provides a habitat for birds and other wildlife and serves as an outdoor classroom for Tucson students as well. I could easily spend an entire morning birding at Sweetwater, but it is close enough that I also stop by when I only have a little time. I…


Birth of a Birder

How do you get a five-year-old interested in birds? Tell him the scientific name of American Robin. Hilarity will ensue. I promise. Earlier this year I took a trip east to visit my brother and his family. My nephews Freddy and Benny are eight and five. Since we live across the country from each other I only get to see them once or maybe twice a year and we really haven’t had many chances to go birding together. Every once in a while I get a text from Benny through my brother, asking questions about the birds he sees: are Blue Jays…