Christina Baal is a wandering bird artist whose dream is to meet and paint 10,000 different species of birds. She discovered the world of birding as a student at Bard College in the Hudson Valley. After graduating with a BA in Studio Art in 2014, she started her own art business, “Drawing 10,000 Birds,” and set out to find birds. Christina’s adventures have taken her across the country and around the globe to places like Costa Rica, Alaska, the Galápagos, and Japan. Her art has been featured at a number of birding festivals and events, including The Biggest Week in American Birding, Space Coast Birding, and Wildlife Festival, and New Jersey Audubon’s World Series of Birding. Most recently, she painted the 2022 Bird of the Year, the Burrowing Owl, for the American Birding Association. While not painting and chasing birds, Christina works as an environmental educator, bird guide, and art instructor so that she can share her love of birds and art. Christina lives in Pinnacles National Park with her partner and their adorable golden retrievers and enjoys having California Condors (her favorite bird) as yard birds!