Finding a Fulfilling Flight Path.WHO? Noel Zak, CAE (1) (Computer-Aided Engineering) Software that analyzes designs which have been created in the computer or that have been created elsewhere and entered into the computer.
WHAT? Assistant Executive Director
WHERE? American Society of Home Inspectors American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is a not-for-profit professional society for home inspectors throughout North America. , Inc.
WHEN? Since 1998
Q: How did you become interested in bird watching Bird Watching is a British magazine for birders. The current editor is Kevin Wilmot. External Links
A: I had a couple of peak experiences about 20 years ago while living in Madison, Wisconsin Madison is the capital of the U.S. state of Wisconsin and the county seat of Dane County. It is also home to the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
The 2006 population estimate of Madison was 223,389, making it the second largest city in Wisconsin, after Milwaukee, and . My husband was in graduate school, so much of the time I was on my own. Since we lived quite close to an arboretum arboretum: see botanical garden.
Place where trees, shrubs, and sometimes herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes. An arboretum may be a collection in its own right or a part of a botanical garden. , I often spent time there. One autumn evening, I was walking through a dense pine grove Pine Grove is the name of many places in the United States and elsewhere in the world: Alabama
Q: When you moved to Chicago was it difficult to continue your bird-watching activities?
A: Not at all. Chicago is on the Mississippi Flyway flyway: see migration of animals. , one of the four major bird migrating paths in the continental United States United States territory, including the adjacent territorial waters, located within North America between Canada and Mexico. Also called CONUS. . Not only are there lots of places to see birds, but I've been able to volunteer on behalf of birds, too. I'm currently active in the Bird Conservation Network. BCN's mission is to ensure that birds and migration are considered in habitat management in city parks, forest preserves, and so on. The organization is having a significant impact on Chicago area projects.
Q: Would it be accurate to say that birding as a hobby or avocation has a lot of inherent flexibility?
A: My birding companions and I talk about this--often when we are wondering why we've decided to get up before dawn and drive for hours in search of particular birds. Characteristics that attract us to birding include the fact that it's portable, inexpensive, and can be either solitary or social. There are many ways you can plug into this activity.
Q: What role does birding play in your life?
A: Birding has given me an important perspective outside of work. In the grand scheme of things, what matters is that life goes on--and that we can have either a negative or positive impact. My interest in birds and the environment lets me have a positive impact. At the same time, it allows me to widen my horizons. At work, we are so intensely focused on getting a newsletter out or preparing for an important meeting. On weekends, if I can enjoy a beautiful day, view these fabulous creatures, and share the experience with good companions, it's like changing the lens on your camera. It changes the depth of field and you see things in an entirely different light.