Malkolm the Birder Boy

Some people know how to raise a child!

We recently heard of Malkolm Boothroyd, an avid birder who decided to take a year to go birdwatching all through Canada and the United States without using fossil fuel for his transportation. From his home in Yukon to Florida, he will mostly bike while observing as many birds as possible (his goal is 500), raising money for bird conservancy along the way – oh,  and also inspiring other people to get off their butts and do something, for a change.

Malkolm is 15… He’s taking this trip with his parents (can you imagine the bonding opportunity, at an age when most teenagers are barely ever home), but he’s the one who had the idea of the trip. And he had to do three school years in two in order to be able to take a year off. Something tells me that he doesn’t have a drug problem…

I don’t want to discredit Malkolm himself – he seems to have an awesome personality and the debate of nature vs nurture is not settled yet. But still. His parents must have done a decent job of raising him! It helps, I guess, that his dad is an author, photographer and film-maker who fought for the conservation of the Arctic Wildlife Refuge.

Malkolm has recorded 357 birds as of today. He’s well on track to reaching his gold. Kudos to him, and good luck on his trip and in his efforts to make the world a better place for birds – and for all of us by the same occasion.

One Response to “Malkolm the Birder Boy”

  1. Danielle Says:

    Effectivement, je pense que la façon dont ses parents l’ont éduqué y a été pour beaucoup! C’est un très beau projet! Merci!