The Beginning

Hi! My name is Virginia Rose. I am a paraplegic and have used a manual wheelchair for 45 years. I have been an avid birdwatcher for about 15 years now. I joined Travis Audubon, (TAS), and co-led the beginning bird walks once a month for 7 years. I am now on the board of directors  for TAS.
I have identified many wheelchair accessible parks in central Austin over the years and am interested in helping mobility-challenged folks get outside and experience nature. So many people with disabilities do not realize how much they can do outside!
I started Birdability because I want to share the joy of birding with others. The hobby has enriched my life in so many ways. I have taken countless birding classes and learned so much. I have met wonderful people along the way who have welcomed me into the organization with open arms. I have gone on 100+ field trips to see beautiful parks and beautiful birds. Along the way I have become more confident in being outside on my own or with others. It has been a joy!
I am currently working with a number of Austin groups to help introduce birding to the mobility challenged. If you or someone you know is interested in getting outside, expanding his or her interests, and meeting like-minded people, please contact me at


Unknown said…
What an exciting adventure!
L in Gt said…
Virginia, you are amazing!
Rajesh said…
Very nice post..After reading your post,thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel happy about and I love learning more about this topic.
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Liz Kaplan said…
You are such an inspiration, Virginia.The world needs more of YOU!