Christine Heinrichs has been a professional writer for more than 30 years. She received a B.S. in journalism from the University of Oregon. She has written hundreds of magazine articles for a wide range of publications, from Audubon and Earth Island Journal to Atlas Obscura to Backyard Poultry. Her narratives on condors have twice, and elephant seals once, won Ten Spurs awards from the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Environmental Journalists, American Society of Journalists and Authors, and other professional groups. She keeps a mixed flock of Standard breed chickens at her California home.