Virginia Rose

Profiles of birdwatchers who make a difference

For the last couple of years, a movement has been building to help people with mobility challenges gain better access to the outdoors, specifically for birding. It all started thanks to Virginia Rose of Austin, Texas, a retired high school and college English teacher.

When Rose was 14, she broke her back in a horse-riding accident. She has used a wheelchair ever since.

One of her grandmothers was a birdwatcher, and

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