About Me


Lauren Smith (she/her/hers) is a writer and science communicator who is really into birds. Originally from Ohio, she now calls western Montana home, though her journey there involved field seasons and travels in many states around the U.S. and a brief stint in New Brunswick, Canada.

A former field biologist and environmental educator who spent the last few years in the disability research field, she now works as the communications director at a small nonprofit focused on owl research. Lauren spends as much time as possible outdoors, mainly climbing on rocks, taking other people’s dogs for hikes, and sharing unsolicited bird information.

She doesn’t have a single favorite bird, but lately she’s been into waved albatrosses. And American dippers. And red-breasted nuthatches.

Organizations I love and support: 

Freeflow Foundation | Board Member

Freeflow Institute | Alumni

Birdability | Birdability Captain & Volunteer

Find me elsewhere on the internet: 

Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 

9 thoughts on “About Me

    • Thanks! I like your blog too, what a cute idea. I look forward to following Kongo’s exploits.
      And I never leave home without binocs and a field guide, I feel naked without them 🙂
      Safe travels to you as well!

  1. Hi Lauren, I found your youtube video of black skimmers feeding at Merritt island and it is great. Can you give me any clues about the beautiful piece of music you used in the video? Thanks so much – I need more of that! Lynn

  2. Hi Lynn,

    Sorry not to get back to you sooner, I had to unexpectedly travel out of state. I’ve been meaning to respond for quite some time now. The song is called Limerock, from the album Appalachian Journey by Yo-Yo Ma, Mark O’Connor, and Edgar Meyer (2000).

    I’m so glad you liked my video! Thanks!

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