For many years Tom Blackburn kept a diary of his vacation trips and jotted down the interesting birds he had seen. He became a more serious birder a few years ago when he read “Life List”, a biography of Phoebe Snetsinger, and realized he knew more about birds in Madagascar than the ones in his back yard. He is still working on improving his birding skills. He and his wife are sector leaders for the Seneca Christmas Bird count. Tom is a Fairfax Master Naturalist and a member of the Board of the Friends of Mason Neck State Park. He volunteers at Mason Neck State Park, Riverbend Park and Huntley Meadows Park and with the McLean Trees Foundation. He guides kayak trips at Mason Neck State Park and Riverbend Park. His yard is an Audubon Society-certified Wildlife Sanctuary and National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat. Tom had a long career as an energy lawyer before deciding to devote himself to nature-oriented activities.