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Karen Sharrar

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I am a retired physician and have been birding for 10-15 years. I got started by attending trips through Morris Arboretum, which I continue to do, and then have been separately participating in trips with Ruth Pfeffer through Birding with Ruth. I have birded mainly in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and in the Everglades. I volunteer at the Academy of Natural Sciences as a galleries educator and am in conversation with the ornithologist there about working in Ornithology as well.

My husband and I live in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia and have two grandchildren whom we are trying to interest in the natural world. We have a tiny backyard with little in ground planting area but we do maintain a hummingbird feeder, a bird bath, brush pile and feed birds in severe weather. I garden mainly in pots with native plants to provide insects for the birds.

I am especially interested in what I and the local birding community could do in terms of tall buildings and lighting in the downtown area of Philiadelphia with relation to migration season and bird strikes in general



From Karen's 2015 application