Last October, a group of female birding friends gathered at Opossum Creek Retreat in Fayetteville, West Virginia, which is also the home of the New River Birding and Nature Festival each May (when there’s not a pandemic happening in our world). They dubbed this gathering “Wonder Woman Weekend,” and they spent time birding, talking, laughing, eating, and reconnecting to each other, to birds and nature, and to themselves.
The group included women ranging in age from their 20s to their 60s, representing many diverse seasons of a woman’s life. They are working moms, single women, married women, divorced women, widowed women, career women, stay-at-home-moms, grandmas, fur-moms with fur-babies, and everything in between.
They decided to record a conversation about the thing that brought them all together: BIRDING. Some of them have been birding for decades, while others have only been birding a short time. They talked about ways that birding has inspired them, and what birding has meant to them especially during the most difficult times in their lives.
Regardless of your gender, we hope you’ll enjoy this conversation between common—yet quite uncommon—Wonder Women, and we hope this message also encourages YOU during this global crisis that is affecting every person on our planet.
About the Author
Wendy Clark, Dawn Hewitt, Alvaro Jaramillo, and Raymond VanBuskirk all host Out There With The Birds Podcasts. They're all affiliated with Bird Watcher's Digest, are serious birders, and love to talk birdy!