Kristine Rivers grew up in Manvel, Texas and began birding at a very young age; by the time she was 14, she was serious enough about it that she participated in her first Christmas Bird Count with the National Audubon Society. She attended the University of Oklahoma as a Professional Zoology major with a primary interest in Ornithology, and was accepted into the Junior/Senior level Ornithology class as a Freshman. Although she didn’t end up following that career path, she has continued to be an avid birder for her entire life. She has participated in every year of the Brazoria Christmas Bird Count since its inception in 1984, and was instrumental in working with the founder and compiler to start it back up again in 2010 after a 16-year lapse (the last year it had been held prior to that was 1994.) She has been an Area Leader for the Brazoria CBC (now known as the Brazoria-Columbia Bottomlands CBC) since 2013. In addition, over the years she has participated in many other Christmas Bird Counts, including the Houston CBC, Freeport CBC, and Brazos Bend CBC. She has also participated in the Texas City Prairie Preserve Bird Count.
Kristine has been the Birding Instructor for the City of Pearland, the City of Meadows Place, the City of Missouri City, and Galveston’s Osher Lifelong Learning Center (OLLI). These engagements variously included teaching children ages 6–14 in summer camp, and providing workshops and classes for adults in both Beginning Birding and Intermediate Birding. She developed all of the curriculum, presentations, and field trips for these programs. She currently leads family-friendly nature events for the City of League City. She was a liaison for FeatherFest in 2016, a field trip leader in 2017, a presenter and field trip leader in 2018, and will be presenting and leading again in 2019. She is a popular guest speaker, and has given many presentations to the Galveston County Audubon Group, a division of the Houston Audubon Society; the Ornithology Group, Houston; and Texas Master Naturalists.
Kristine became a certified Texas Master Naturalist in 2016, and soon began leading workshops and teaching summer camp classes about other native Texas wildlife in addition to birds. She just completed her three-year term as President of the Cradle of Texas Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists which she held since January 2017.
Kristine loves sharing her passion for nature and wildlife with others, and founded Birding for Fun in 2015 to provide educational services, field trips and guided tours, and offer select products to the public. She is available for speaking engagements for your organization, and can develop workshops and field trips or guided tours specific to your needs. For more information, please contact Kristine by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.