Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Midwest Birding Symposium 1

One of my favorite aspects of birding is the chance to visit different places and see new birds. This week, I'll visit the Quad Cities area of Iowa and Illinois for the Midwest Birding Symposium. The event takes place every other year, and this year's line-up of speakers and field trips looks good.

I'm looking forward to John Acorn's talk at Thursday's dinner, the riverboat cruise on Friday, lunch on Saturday with Al Batt (a previous WildBird Birder of the Year winner!), and Don and Lillian Stokes' presentation on Saturday.

Certainly many birders will want to hear Bobby Ray Harrison's speeches about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker on Thursday and Friday. Bobby provides regular updates about the ongoing search in Arkansas for each issue of WildBird, and readers enjoy those dispatches. No doubt it will be even more fun to hear Bobby tell stories about the Lord God Bird.


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