Black-crowned Night Heron, by Dessi Sieburth, Western Tanager Cover Nov/Dec 2016

Black-crowned Night-Heron, Photo by Dessi Sieburth

Dessi Sieburth, an avid birder, photographer, and conservationist, is a 9th grader at Saint Francis High School in La Canada, California. He started birding at the age of 8 when he made a birdfeeder for his yard. He began taking photos of birds and writing articles about birds and conservation when he was 10 years old. He has been writing articles for the Los Angeles Audubon Society, the Pasadena Audubon Society, the American Birding Association, and his local newspaper. Dessi has led bird walks for Los Angeles Audubon Society and Pasadena Audubon Society and he has given talks on bird conservation to schools, several Audubon chapters, and his local library. This year he attended his third Western Field Ornithology (WFO) conference. At the WFO conference he presented his research project about Golden-cheeked Woodpeckers, which he did at the specimen collection at the Moore Lab of Zoology at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Dessi is the 2015 ABA Young Birder of Year, and this year, he received one of the national Gloria Barron Honoree awards for his bird conservation efforts.