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Kurt Kirchmeier's love of birds and nature photography began with a visit from a few hundred Bohemian Waxwings to an apple tree in his back yard during the depths of a typically brutal Saskatchewan winter. He was immediately inspired to invest in a longer lens, and began spending much of his free time with his eyes to the sky, searching for new winged marvels. His passion for capturing birds eventually expanded to a passion for capturing the beauty of nature in many forms, from majestic bull elks bugling in the boreal forest during the autumn rut to isolated frost-covered trees on the wide open prairies. Kurt's photos have appeared in numerous articles and calendars from Prairie's North Magazine, Living Bird, Photonews, All About Backyard Birds, and elsewhere. 

When he isn't pursuing his part-time passion for capturing the beauty of nature and birds, Kurt can be found writing speculative fiction. His short stories and poems have appeared in more than fifty magazines and anthologies around the world, and his debut coming-of-age horror novel THE ABSENCE OF SPARROWS (which incorporates his love of birds) was published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in 2019. The book was named a Gold Standard Selection by the Junior Library Guild, an Editor's Pick by Amazon for best books for young readers, and received a starred review from Quill & Quire Magazine. It was also a finalist for two Saskatchewan Book Awards. To learn more about Kurt's writing, visit him here.