Christian Hagenlocher

selfportrait-2-2From a young age, I have been driven by my love of the outdoors, and exploring and sharing nature with others. Growing up, I attended the Adventure Unlimited Ranches and fell in love with the Arkansas River Valley and Collegiate Peaks. After living in the Seattle area, I moved to St. Louis to attend Principia Upper School and then Principia College, where I graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.

For the next four years, I taught High School Biology and Marine Biology at Principia Upper School. I led student abroads to Belize, Costa Rica, and Israel, bringing my love for birds and learning into the classroom. I completed my apprenticeship in falconry, becoming a General-class falconer and sharing my wild hawks and falcons with my classes, integrating birds into my Biology curriculum whenever appropriate. Outside of teaching, I have enjoyed traveling abroad to Kenya, Ecuador, and Alaska in pursuit of birds and wild places. My natural curiosity and passion for discovery helped me discover a new species of whale, and several possible new species of arachnid in Kenya.

My desire to live out West and impact a wider audience led me to move to Montana, where I was an Assistant Producer on a birding documentary for PBS. With the film complete, I immediately transitioned into pursuing my dream of doing a “Big Year” in 2016 in which I spent an entire year traveling across North America identifying birds and interviewing birders while writing a book and blogging about my travels. Incidentally, I broke the old record of 749 species and became the youngest birder to see over 700 species in a single year. To serve others, I started “The Birding Project” which integrates Education, Conservation, and Inspiration – many subjects I am passionate about.

I recently completed my Master’s Degree, earning a M.A. in Education and Education with an emphasis on Education for Global Sustainability. When I am not chasing birds, I enjoy exploring new places, traveling, fly fishing, and sharing my love for nature with others. I am excited to be part of a fantastic team, bringing my wealth of knowledge and outdoor experience to The Link School as the Science Instructor.

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