On May 5, 1967, Helen Carlson was severely depressed and ready to end
her life. She walked to the shoreline of a Montana river, and instead
of committing suicide, her life was transformed. A bird swam in front
of her and caught her attention, piquing her curiosity and snapping
her out of her depression. Since that day 45 years ago, she has
dedicated her life to birding and holds the record for the number of
bird species seen in Montana. She is 90 years old.