Amanda Janusz

Joined: Mar 21, 2017 Last Active: Jun 24, 2019

I’m a birder, amateur photographer, and aspiring forensic ornithologist. I live and birdwatch mostly in the eastern United States. Currently, I intern with the Delaware Museum of Natural History where I develop and implement public programming, primarily on birds and their feathers. It has also been very enriching to have hands-on experience with the museum’s specimens as I’ve been cataloging their education collection. I’ve been an animal lover my whole life, but only recently have I started to “specialize” in birds. Over the last three years or so, I’ve independently studied feathers, from their structure to differences between the feathers of different species. It’s an incredibly interesting hobby, for sure, as feathers are so cleverly engineered and beautiful. In my opinion, feather identification is a sorely underappreciated and underdeveloped way to birdwatch! I hope I can help and encourage people to attempt identification of found feathers. If you have any feather-related questions, feel free to send me a message or @recruit me, and I’ll do my best to help.

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