Close your eyes, and in your mind’s eye picture what you think a typical bird watcher looks like. Paul Riss used to see the same vision.
“People always think bird watchers are little old ladies,” said Riss, a 42-year-old Canadian. “I thought I would try to change that (stereotype) by making a documentary, called ‘Punk Rock Big Year.’ People say I don’t look like a bird watcher.”
Riss is one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Biggest Week in American Birding, which will be held May 3-12 in various locations around Port Clinton, Marblehead, the Lake Erie Islands, and Northwest Ohio. Riss has been “birding,” he said, since he was 10 or 11 years old.