Wednesday, March 21, 2012
I’m excited about this post. A few months ago I received a great honor. I was asked to give the keynote note address at the annual awards dinner for the St. Louis Audubon Society. I eagerly accepted and now the announcement has been made in the March issue of the Society’s newsletter, Tail Feathers. The dinner is on Saturday, April 14. All of the details and registration information can be seen here as well as a picture of Sarah taken by your humble speaker. Registration ends on April 1, so register soon and avoid becoming an April fool. I hope to see as many owl friends, old and new, as possible at this august occasion.
This will be the second time I have given a talk for St. Louis Audubon Society. The first talk was held in January 2011 at the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park. The audience of around eighty people was a keen and supportive group and the talk went splendidly.
Like my first talk I will talk about Great Horned Owls both in general and Charles and Sarah in particular. I will again show pictures and videos to illustrate some of the different behaviors I have seen. The talk will differ slightly as I will conclude with a bit of a call to arms. One thing that my work with the owls and the sharing thereof continuously demonstrates to me is that people want to connect more with nature. It is up those knowledgeable about nature, be they birders, naturalists, gardeners, to help other people connect more with with nature. I will offer methods, suggestions and advice on how to help people achieve this greater connection with the natural world.
Thank you to Jim Wilson, Chris Ferree, David Rogles, Mitch Leachman and everyone in St. Louis Audubon for their gracious invitation and support. I will do my utmost to deliver a compelling and educational talk. At the very least it will be an opportunity for me to prove that I do not always wear outdoor clothes, carry a backpack and have cameras and binoculars hanging from my neck. As a tease/incentive to attend the talk, below you will find two pictures that I will likely use for my talk. Be sure to double click on them to see a larger image. Thank you for reading and I look forward to seeing you on April 14!
Sarah feeding Dalton and Monica on March 31, 2011
Charles in The 06-09-11 Nest Tree, December 25, 2010