Photos & Inspiration

An outdoor experience that helped me heal from the loss of my son was to undertake a Big Year of birding. In April of 2016 I decided to travel to some beautiful natural settings in Ohio and around the country and count the different species of birds I saw. This is a familiar activity in the bird watching community, made popular by movie and book, The Big Year.  In addition to being a therapeutic endeavor, I was able to raise $14,000 for cancer research.

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The inspiration for developing this program was started by my son, Joe Blanda, who passed away from brain cancer in 2015.

Ruby-throated hummingbird
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marisopa lilly
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Atlantic puffin
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red-eyed leaf frog
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Blue Jay
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Giraffe, Botswana
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Lioness, Botswana Okavanga Delta
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Zebra, S. Africa
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Painted Bunting
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