Hi, I'm Day! I'm a naturalist, conservation photographer, science communicator & educator. Over the last two years, I've had a huge lifestyle change following a vehicular collision with a herd of pronghorn, leaving me with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Adjusting to a life with disabilities and challenges has truly impacted my daily living, including the way I explore outdoors. Initially, I thought I’d lost everything due to my accident, but I was so wrong. During this recovery, I discovered an affinity for birds, a voice for advocacy, and the bravery to dare greatly.
Prior to my accident, I was an environmental educator. One of my focuses was making the outdoors more inclusive and safer for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ individuals, even as I carried my own fears due to experiencing racism in outdoor spaces. Now, as a disabled person, I’ve extended my focus to advocate (as an instructor & student) for increased outdoor accessibility. I recently teamed up with the American Birding Conservancy and Birdibility in a conversation about birding with access challenges.
My resilience & passion for ornithology and wildlife conservation continues to keep me motivated. My photography has been featured across the social media platforms of Animal Planet and Discovery and continues to reach audiences beyond my imagination.
My TBI rehabilitation is difficult and may take a lifetime; however, I’ve found the silver lining! I continue to find joy in my love of learning and sharing natural science through research, advocacy, conservation, wildlife photography, and storytelling.