Berkeley Public Library Foundation

Berkeley Public Library Foundation

Oliver James

Oliver James is an author and illustrator born in Berkeley in 1991. He started watching birds in his backyard on Colusa Avenue at age five and never turned back. Since then he has competed in national birding tournaments, worked as a birding tour guide, and joined ornithological research teams from Peru to Alaska. He graduated from Berkeley High School in 2009, Wesleyan University in 2014, and is currently a graduate student in the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. James is the author of Birds of Berkeley  (Heyday Press, 2018) and A Field Guide to the Birds of Wesleyan (Wesleyan University Press, 2014). To view his work visit oliver-james.com.