Slideshow! Photos of ABA YOUNG BIRDER CONFERENCE & ABA Members Meeting, SEPT. 22 & 23
It’s amazing how energizing it is to get together with a bunch of like-minded birders. What I had not known was how thrilling it can be when so many of those birders are kids or young adults, who are just beginning their journey as birders.
Bill Stewart masterfully orchestrated a superb event, and it was all the more fun because of the fantastic support and participation of all whom were there. In all, over 140 registrants were present. Add to that the ABA Staff (including Bill, Jeff & Liz Gordon, Betty Petersen, Amy Davis and myself), our sponsors and supporting volunteers and it was an awful nice collection of people. Thanks to all of you that supported this event for helping to make it the success that it was!
Below are some photos from the MAYBC. To see a complete slideshow for this unique event, go to:
Sunday, September 23rd was our Annual ABA Members meeting. This was another fun event with lots of friends, and camaraderie. We began the day birding Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge and enjoyed a nice Hudsonian Godwit and some Black Terns nearby, before heading to the Dupont Environmental Education Center. This building was the perfect setting for our members meeting. Bordering the Wilmington waterfront we enjoyed wonderful food and drink while taking in views of the city and the river, and even saw a nice flight of ~150 Broad-winged Hawks (nimbly spotted by Leica’s Jeff Bouton). It was a real pleasure to see Richard Crossley presented the Ridgway Award for excellence in publications.
We also learned from Collin O’Mara about the Delaware Bayshore Initiative, and how birders may play an important role in shaping both the view-sheds of this area, and perhaps the state’s economy too.
Let’s keep the good times rollin’! February 16-20, 2013 we are headed to Albuquerque for a winter birding rally in which we’ll endeavor to see rosy-finches, and take in the crane and goose spectacle at Bosque del Apache. We’ll search for other southwestern specialties too, and evenings will feature speakers and social gatherings. Let’s go rustle up some birds and some good times! For more info, go to: http://www.aba.org/events/2013abq/