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Fiona Gillogly

Teen Nature Journaler, Naturalist, and Birder
Fiona Gillogly, age 17, has loved art and nature since she was a little girl. In 2016, when she discovered nature journaling and the work of John Muir Laws, she was thrilled to find something that combined these two things she adored. Fiona has become a passionate nature journaler and naturalist, and she has completed more than 2,000 nature journal pages since she began journaling. Born and raised in the Sierra Foothills in Northern California, Fiona has attended Waldorf schools since the age of 3. She spends time daily in the wild lands near her home, and she enjoys looking for mysteries in nature and exploring them in the pages of her nature journal. Fiona also loves to draw, paint, craft, act, sing, harmonize, play cello and ukulele, compose music, write stories, and speak German. An avid birder since 2015, Fiona is a five-time recipient of the Central Valley Birding Club Youth Scholarship, enabling her to attend summer teen birding camps to further develop her skill and passion in birding. She especially enjoys the music of birdsong and she loves to bird by ear. Since 2018, Fiona has volunteered in the bird banding and monitoring program with Gold Country Avian Studies in Grass Valley, gaining valuable hands-on experience in ornithology. She has also volunteered many hours of her time as a participant in local Christmas Bird Counts. Fiona has given talks on birding and nature journaling for many organizations, including the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, the Central Valley Bird Symposium, the Environmental Volunteers Wake Up to Nature fundraising event, and the Artist-Explorer series at The Foster in Palo Alto. In June 2020, Birding  magazine, the national monthly magazine of the American Birding Association, published Fiona’s article “A Birder’s Brain on Paper: How keeping a nature journal improves our birding experiences.”  Fiona is one of several naturalists who are included in the book, How to Teach Nature Journaling (by John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren). Fiona is also an artist with a line of blank greeting cards featuring her nature art. Visit her web site for links to her writing and talks, a gallery of nature journal pages, and her art cards. www.fionasongbird.com

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Friday, October 9
 

10:30am PDT

 
Saturday, October 10
 

2:30pm PDT

 
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