Tuesday, November 14, 2006

RGV: authors

One of the neat aspects of birding festivals is the possibility of meeting the birders who wrote the books lining your shelves, sitting on your bedside stand, decorating your breakfast table. The Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival is no different, and the authors also might serve as field trip leaders.

On Friday afternoon, I had the chance to gab briefly with some authors in the Birder's Bazaar before they slipped off for dinner.

Michael O'Brien and Kevin Karlson, two-thirds of the team behind The Shorebird Guide, even deigned to pose with Mark (the duck)

... as did Bob Behrstock, one-third of the team that created Birdlife of Houston, Galveston, and the Upper Texas Coast.

Bill Clark proudly displayed two of his books, A Field Guide to Hawks of North America and A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors.

Before you attend a festival, check the schedule for a book-signing event. Even if you don't see one, consider packing a book or two in your bags. You might meet an author during a field trip, after a seminar/workshop or while investigating the vendors' booths.


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