Laura Cruz has volunteered for BirdNote since 2015 and is now technology advisor to the BirdNote board. Laura organized and managed BirdNote’s first Reddit AMA/Ask Me Anything, with Gordon Orians talking about blackbirds. Her favorite bird is the Red-winged Blackbird, which was the first bird to draw her into the world of bird-watching. She hails from Puerto Rico, where she grew up surrounded by the rainforest and its tropical fauna. She now enjoys staying in touch with her Puerto Rican ancestors through genealogy and historic research. She also loves reading comics, and she sometimes draws and writes her own. Laura lives in Seattle with her husband, Zac, and their cat Pearl, who also enjoys watching birds to an obsessive degree.