Alexandra Munters (aka Sasha Parula) really loves birds, especially the Northern Parula Warbler - so much so, she worked Parula into her online alias. And that's exactly why I collaged her with a male Parula in this portrait.
She's an avian ecologist and illustrator and has already spent thousands of hours in the field identifying, counting, and banding all manner of birds. She's Latvian American, and has some of that old world spirituality running through her veins, the kind that reveres the natural world and feels inextricably linked to it. She's using her art and science to cultivate a greater appreciation of the natural world and make us all better stewards. And for that, we salute her.