Member since: September 14, 2016
Positions and Achievements
My name is Heather Kostick, and I have been a birder for the past 6 years now, although arguably I have been backyard birding for my entire life. My interest for birds was sparked in 4-H when I was involved in chicken projects, and then sparked again in college at Juniata College after taking an ornithology course, and I have been birding ever since! I started bird banding at Rushton Farm in 2012 under the direction of Doris McGovern and Lisa Kiziuk. I have worked for Ball State University (2013) on cerulean warbler projects in southern Indiana. I have worked for the University of Delaware (2014) on saltmarsh and seaside sparrow projects in southern New Jersey. I attended a NABC workshop in Belize in November 2015, and am now a certified NABC bander. Currently, I am finishing up my Master's of Environmental Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where my capstone involves looking at the biodiversity of Rushton Farm (Willistown, PA). Next, I am hoping to pursue a PhD in the field of wildlife ecology, specifically looking at sustainable agriculture and birds.
My favorite birding spots in the area are John Heinz NWR, Edwin B. Forsythe NWR, Rushton Woods Preserve, and my backyard in Chester County. I always like to find new spots to bird. I'm hoping in the next year or so to go up to Long Point Bird Observatory (Canada) and volunteer in order to learn more about birds and banding.