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My self-summary
Don't let the name fool you. Despite what it says, my name is Nate and I like nature. Apparently I also like alliteration.

Though while nature and wildlife are my passion, I don't spend every single second outside. There has to be balance. Yes that may be a quote from my yoga teacher (along with 'If it doesn't challenge you it doesn't change you), but I feel like it fits with life in general, as well as arm balances.

What is your passion? Or something you could talk about for hours?

I am from upstate New York and have lived and worked around the country for various stages of school and different jobs. Experiencing different people from different areas has helped to shape my character and I love visiting my friends all over the country/world.

I have been slowly adopting the Minnesota sports teams over the 5 years I have been here. Something about my boss being a Packer fan just simply drove me to cheer for the Vikings.

As for my personality, I am friendly and often outgoing. I enjoy talking to new people and learning about them and their passions. I am always curious about new things and learning doesn't always have to occur in a classroom.

I workout and lift a few times a week, do yoga a few times a week as well, and fence (with swords!) three times as week too. So I stay active, and love going out for walks and runs around the parks/lakes when it is nice out.
What I’m doing with my life
I am helping make the world a better place (I hope). I think that that should be everyone's goal. I study birds and bats and help conserve animals in a way that still allows for human development to proceed. Still fitting in with the balance theme again! So basically asking and researching questions on how to best coexist with nature but not being a crazy hippie (or a crazy capitalist) about it. You know, rational and able to have effective conversations.

I recently bought a house so I am apparently hitting this being a real adult thing hard. House, car, pet, great job, weird hobbies, weirder friends, and a bunch of tools.
I’m really good at
Cooking! My specialty? Buffalo chicken pizza but there are a few close seconds. Now that I have a house, I have been working on things off the grill and from the smoker.

I am also pretty handy too. I built my pet birds (large) cage with my dad and have completed a bunch of projects around the house.

I can (probably) identify whatever little colorful bird is at your bird feeder.


I am slowly developing my artsy/creative side as well through photography. Both nature as well as portraits and some humorous side projects with my friends.
The first things people usually notice about me
My bright blue eyes. That or my friendly personality and THEN my bright blue eyes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love to cook and have recipes for about any style of food. Sushi is an absolute favorite of mine though, and it is about the one thing that never seems to be quite as good when I make it.

Music is hard to pinpoint what I like. I like bands from a variety of different genres. Dave Matthews to Guster to Dropkick Murphys to Disturbed to Kanye West to Maclemore to Rocket Club. Big variety but it also depends what I am doing while listening to the music. Rap and metal are good for working out.
The six things I could never do without
My camera
A new recipe or idea to try out
A good cast-iron frying pan
A nice set of knives (for cooking!).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The broader implications of things. Both current and past choices. Not as regret but more like wow that one little change led to all of this? Also, how I can make myself better and I always have something I am trying to learn more about.

Why I keep losing to 14 year olds when I am fencing (one of my weird hobbies that helped me make even weirder friends). Though that is usually because they have been fencing for half their lives.

What words to teach my pet bird next. So far she is up to about 8 different things. None of which are swear words. Have to keep her classy!
On a typical Friday night I am
Out with a few friends for dinner or a few drinks. Maybe at a sporting event but rarely out at a club. I normally prefer hanging out in smaller groups than going out on the town. There are occasions for it though.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a pet raven. Named Snowflake. And yes she can talk (and apparently pick locks...). Not really that private since many people know, but definitely unique. Currently she is trying to build a nest (I think) and is angry with me that I am not helping. So far it has 1 stick. Got a ways to go.
You should message me if
You like the outdoors, wildlife, and intellectual conversations. Birds don't scare you. You have a restaurant or place you would like to check out and would like me to join you!

Or if it sounds like trying to search out a snowy owl this winter sounds like fun!