About Joel

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Joel Such is a birder, artist/photographer, writer, guide, and field researcher from Lyons, Colorado. Growing up in the foothills of the Front Range, Joel’s intense passion for the avian world was fully ignited by age two. Nationally recognized at age ten as the American Birding Association’s 2008 Young Birder of the Year, Joel has pursued birds with unwavering devotion and has contributed to a wide range of biological field projects and environmental education. These experiences include being a field technician for the Second Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas, field trip leader and guide for various organizations, a co-founder and leader for Boulder County Audubon Teen Naturalists, head designer for the bird mosaics on the Lyons Clarifier, and a bird bander for projects in Colorado, Ohio, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. Currently, Joel is pursuing a degree in conservation biology at Prescott College and lives part-time in Colombia where he guides for Montezuma Rainforest Ecolodge at Parque Nacional Natural Tatamá.