Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Changing the Face of American Birding

This past weekend, my wife and I were in Minneapolis for the Changing the Face of American Birding Conference. It was held at the beautiful Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. When we arrived on Friday night, we headed to a pre-conference social where I got to reconnect with some old friends and meet several people that I had only communicated with online. We were welcomed to the conference by Dave Magpiong, the mastermind of this whole event!

After a short bird hike on Saturday morning, the conference got started. There were many awesome presentation but my favorites were the "Barriers to Birding" Panel and the Reaching "Non-traditional" Audiences Panel. You can watch all of the presentation on video by following this link This group is sure to make progress on one of the most critical issues in birding and I hope that everyone will consider joining in. The next conference will be in November of 2013 in the Rio Grande Valley!

On Sunday morning, a bunch of us that were at the conference meet up to do a little birding. We went to the Bass Ponds unit of the NWR and found lots of great birds including 3 Nelson's Sparrows that were lifers for several in the group!

Nelson's Sparrow out in the open!

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