Speaking at a TEDx Conference

Sometimes things come along that you have to say yes to straight away.

I have done almost 40 talks about nature, birding, conservation and Black2Nature or different combinations.

When I was asked to be a speaker at a Ted Conference, it was different. These are talks that are up to 18 minutes long and are totally inspirational.

The Tedx UWE conference I was speaking at on 25 March 2017 at The Arnolfini in Bristol was “The Power of Perseverance” with 7 other inspirational speakers. This is the link to the Eventbrite page for the conference. This was what they said about me


Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl is a 14-year-old young Naturalist, Ornithologist and Young Birder, as well as Environmentalist, Conservationist, Activist and Writer.

Birdgirl saw her 4,000th bird in Kenya in 2015 and set a target of seeing her 5,400th bird (1/2 of the world’s birds) by age 18.

She has been listed with the songwriter George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as one of Bristol’s most influential young people.

Regardless of her age, she has been able to successfully follow her passions and dreams. How? Through patience and perseverance.

Don’t miss her on Saturday 25th March 2017 at Arnolfini contemporary art museum.”

Young Birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig
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My talk was called “Passion, Priorities, Perseverance”. This the link to the video https://youtu.be/UFl5bty3HKc

I talked about my passion for birds and birding, how I had to find that passion myself and how it can not be imposed by others. I also talked about how that passion has led me to set goals for myself, at a young age, such as wanting to see a Harpy Eagle, wanting to see every hummingbird in the world, wanting to see 5,400 birds (half the world’s birds) before I am 18 years old and wanting to visit all the continents of the world by the time I was 15 years old.

I talked about how in everything I do, I have to prioritise my goal if I am to make them happen. For example, I know the best places for me to go birding in the world for the next 3 summers before I turn 18 years old. Then I have to keep persevering to get to my end goal.

I will post my talk here very soon, as soon as the organisers have posted it on YouTube. When I do, have a watch and I hope you find it inspiring.

BTW, those were the first flowers I have ever been given, though I have been given a flowering plant before after a talk, but that is not quite the same.

Young Birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig
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Young Birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig
Copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

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