How I became interested in birds (and science)

When I was in the 3rd grade I had a teacher who was interested in nature in general and birds in particular.  Looking back, this is the only person I can remember who had this interest in the natural world.   In class I can remember talking about nature and animals.  She took a number of us to the meetings of the Audubon Society.  What I remember most was the amazement that people actually made a living studying birds and that learning about them could be a career.  I even had my parents get me “Birds of America” and I would study the pictures and information on the various birds.  I still have that book.