I have been fascinated by birds for as long as I can remember, I became an avid birder at age 9 and started involvement in field research by age 16. My passion for the outdoors led me to pursue an undergraduate degree in the renowned wildlife program at Humboldt State University in Northern California. Since then, I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with birds while traveling, holding positions for a long term study in Arizona, banding birds in Northern California, Nebraska, and Mexico; conducting bird surveys in Colorado and Arizona; and bird monitoring and educating in Southern California with the National Audubon Society. I first began my involvement in the Dominican Republic in 2014 working on a project with Hispaniolan Woodpeckers. There I was instantly drawn to todies and fascinated by how little is known about them. I spent this past summer beginning my investigation on todies and finding sites where both species co-occur. I am excited to return to the todies this summer.