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Bill Young's Nature Essays
Bill Young is a writer who lives in Arlington, Virginia, and he is the co-creator of the MPNature website with Ashley Bradford.
His book The Fascination of Birds: From the Albatross to the Yellowthroat was published by Dover Publications in 2014. He also wrote Cuma's Voice: An Environmental Utopia, which imagines a world based on principles of environmental sustainability. His YouTube channel has more than 400 subscribers and has had more than a quarter of a million views. And his Flickr site contains photos he has taken during his travels to many corners of the world. He has taught about birds for the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia and frequently gives presentations to birding and nature groups.
Bill was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. He developed an interest in birds while he was still in elementary school. A neighbor who had retired from his job used to take him on birding trips. On one clear November day, Bill was at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware where he saw and heard tens of thousands of Canada Geese and Snow Geese filling the sky. The experience left an impression which has stayed with him through the years.
His primary ornithological interest is in bird behavior. His favorite bird author is Alexander Skutch, whom he met in 1997. When Dr. Skutch died in 2004, Bill wrote a lengthy obituary about him for the Audubon Naturalist Society newspaper.
For many years, Bill sent out daily reports during the spring about the birds at Monticello Park. His reports sometimes included additional information that would be of interest to birders who visited the park. Much of the material in these essays is based on what Bill sent out in his reports.