Larry Cartwright has been a nature lover for most of his life. Although he is enamored with all aspects of the natural world, he has a special fondness for birds and bats. He is an avid recreational birder, but also leads several avian related surveys, including the Dyke Marsh Breeding Bird Survey for the National Park Service, the winter waterfowl survey for the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, and is the compiler of the Washington DC Christmas Bird Count sponsored by the National Audubon Society. Larry also gives lectures on birds and birding for the Lifetime Learning Institute at Northern Virginia Community College. He has discussed a diversity of topics, including the evolution of birds from feathered theropod dinosaurs and birding in the Alaskan tundra. Larry has received several awards from scientific and conservation based organizations, including the Virginia Society of Ornithology’s Jackson M. Abbott Conservation Award for 2013.