A year after catching the birding bug, Evan was introduced to banding on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge when he was 17, where he first learned to retrieve birds caught in mist nets. He has been banding again while working with the Saltmarsh Sparrow Research Initiative (SALSri) project in Rhode Island for the past few years.
Evan appreciates that a bird in the hand, in a similar way to drawing a bird, can give an unusual insight into that particular species. He hopes to further his artistic skills as well as his banding know-how to aid in future conservation endeavors. One of the first birds he struggled to identify in a field guide was the Eastern Towhee, and it has remained his favorite for its personality, bold plumage, and familiarity.