About Joel

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Joel Such is a 19-year-old birder, artist/photographer, writer, 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 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, and Guatemala. Last winter, Joel completed his homeschool education by traveling solo in Central America in pursuit of birds and Spanish. After a summer above timberline researching Brown-capped Rosy-Finches for Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, Joel is currently banding birds at Lykins Gulch, a Colorado bird banding station with more than a half-century scientific record.