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.