For me, birding and my interest in birds began in the late 1970s when I was about age 8. My first introduction to birds came from my father, James J. Dinsmore, then an ornithologist at the University of Tampa (Florida). My earliest birding trips consisted of helping my father survey and band colonial waterbirds (mainly Laughing Gulls and several species of terns) in and around Tampa Bay. At first, birding was a casual pastime for me, but it became a bit more infectious in the 1980s when I obtained a driver's license. Since then, I have traveled widely throughout the United States and abroad, mainly as a result of my desire to learn more about bird identification and distribution. I have a particular fondness for waterbirds, especially shorebirds, gulls, and terns. Click the image above to view some of the projects I have collaborated in.