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Featured Birder

Debbie Ford

Age: 46

Home: Peoria, Ill.

Occupation: Journal Star news assistant

How many days a year do you birdwatch? Daily

Favorite piece of gear? Binoculars

Gear you splurged on? Binoculars

Most memorable outing in Illinois? On a farm in Galena, early spring and chilly (verging on cold), the sun hit some cardinals just right and wow were they red.

What got you interested in birding? My dad, Bill Ford. He is a true birder, not just the backyard kind. It's kind of cool that at age 85 he is still excited about birds.

How long have you been birding? Since college

Favorite species to observe? All of them. Their construction is amazing.

Favorite places to bird in Illinois?

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