Kelsey is originally from Houston, Texas but moved to Los Angeles in 2013. It wasn't until 2016 that she began seriously birding. She is a certified California Naturalist and has led plant and bird walks in the past, and has volunteered with California Wildlife Center and the Natural History Museum of LA County. She has participated in bird banding in Southern California and in Iowa, and preps bird specimens with Moore Laboratory of Zoology at Occidental College. She is currently pursuing a degree in Biology.