Just as his younger brother, Volker Dierschke started birding only a bit later than walking. His ornithological interest maintained and brought him to the Helgoland Bird Observatory 35 years ago. Subsequent years saw him studying Purple Sandpipers (diploma thesis), Dunlins (PhD, continued at Hiddensee Bird Observatory) and Wheatears (post-doc) on the tiny island. Later, the main interest switched to seabirds, and as a free-lancing biologist he is now mainly working on monitoring of seabirds (including studies at Helgoland) and their conservation (implementing national and EU regulations). He is lucky to combine profession and hobby, and still it holds true for him that every minute spent birding improves quality of life.