Bader Scott Injury Lawyer - May 2020

WHY MAY IS THE BEST MONTH TO START BIRD-WATCHING FOR BEGINNERS

Bird-watching is like a lifelong scavenger hunt that you can play anywhere on Earth. The activity provides a mixture of science, travel, and beauty, and it’s a chance to get outside for feathered adventures and quiet reflection. The month of May is a great time of year to go birding because rising temperatures prompt spring migration. So if you’re eager to begin bird-watching, there’s no better time than now. Here are some tips to get started.

of binoculars. And they don’t have to be fancy. As long as they can zoom in on faraway trees and perches, they’ll work for now. You can always upgrade later.

EDUCATE YOURSELF

GO EXPLORING

Thousands of species of birds span all corners of the globe. That’s why finding them is an exciting prospect — there’s no end to the hunt! Start by researching birds that are native to your location. Purchase a field guide with pictures of each bird and maps of their range and use it to figure out where different birds live. From there, it’s easy to pick your first spotting goal. You can even get yourself extra excited by watching a few bird documentaries.

Your very first birding excursion is important because you don’t want to be overwhelmed or underwhelmed. So use your field guide to home in on a single bird and go find it. It may be local, or you can plan a trip to a specific bird’s natural habitat. Stay focused and don’t get distracted by other species. The thrill that comes with spotting your first bird will keep you coming back to find the rest. Bird-watching is a wonderful hobby because it’s easy to get started and can last a lifetime. As long as you can walk, drive, or look out a window, you can be a birder. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and find some birds!

GEAR UP

One of the best things about birding is that you don’t need a lot of equipment to do it. As long as you’ve got your field guide and comfortable walking shoes, the only other thing you’ll need is a pair

MEET JOSS ROA AN ORIGINAL MEMBER OF THE BADER SCOTT FAMILY

All of our employees have unique stories about how they were hired. A lot of them follow similar patterns: They found Bader Scott online or heard about us from a friend or law school. However, Joss Roa’s story comes from off the beaten path, and it’s one of our favorites. “It’s funny, because the reason I started working here was because eight years ago, Seth was teaching English classes at my husband’s church,” Joss recalls. At the time, Joss didn’t attend the same church as her husband, Fernando, because she worked weekends and couldn’t make it to the services. However, Seth and Fernando soon became friends, and as Joss tells it, Seth asked Fernando if he knew anyone who would like to become the very first receptionist at his law firm. “Fernando said, ‘My girlfriend could do it!’ and Seth was like, ‘Okay, give her my number and ask her to call me,’” Joss says. Joss has been part of the Bader Scott family ever since. Over the years, she’s worked in multiple departments, sometimes answering phones, other times filing cases, doing intake, or working as our office coordinator. Today, she’s our accounting

liaison, handling communications between the firm and our accounting company. “When I first started it was just five or six of us, and it has been amazing seeing the firm grow. Now we have 130 employees but we’re still very united, very close,” she says. Joss’s favorite thing about her job is the sense of family and community we’ve built, but she also loves helping our clients. In fact, she says she often feels she’s living in their shoes. “My husband is working at a warehouse, and he has had several work injuries. That’s why I understand how difficult it is for the clients being out of work not having any income,” she says. “Because I’m in accounting, I get to write the final checks for clients and it’s really joyful to know their cases have been settled. They finally see a little light after the darkness.” When she isn’t working, Joss likes to get creative with hobbies like interior design and party planning. Joss, we love having you as part of the family — thank you for all you do!

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