We are looking forward to this year’s presenter, George Armistead! A few words from George:
Being a birder is hard work. Sure, we see lots of beautiful things, many amazing places and are afforded a unique perspective through our favorite pastime. But as birders, we are also the subject of curiosity and bewilderment among much of the rest of society. And when people ask us what we like about birding we struggle to answer, because really what’s not to like? In 2015 authors George Armistead and Brian Sullivan published a new book titled, Better Birding: Tips Tools and Concepts for the Field (Princeton University Press), and George will discuss this book while spotlighting the birding lifestyle in an attempt to provide a greater context for birding and why we find it so rewarding.
George Armistead is chief network officer at Rockjumper Worldwide Birding Adventures, which operates over 300 tours annually. George has guided trips to all seven continents and authored two books: Better Birding: Tips, Tools, and Concepts for the Field (2015, Princeton University Press), and The ABA Field Guide to the Birds of Pennsylvania (2016, Scott & Nix, Inc.). He has a masters degree in environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania and is an associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.
Edward Hicks Parry Award: Wendy Twining Clymer will be honored with the presentation of the Edward Hicks Parry Award. This award is given to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Wyncote Audubon Society. Wendy started attending Wyncote Bird Club meetings when she was 5 years old and took part in numerous field trips. She was a session leader at Wyncote’s Fall Nature Seminars. She has served as Hospitality, Crosswicks, and Griscom Scholarship Chair. Currently, she is the co-leader of the Birding Records Project.
John Dornan Conservation Award: David Robertson, Ph.D. will be honored with the presentation of the John Dornan Conservation Award. This award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made a major contribution to conservation in our region. David J. Robertson is the Executive Director of the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, a land conservancy located in suburban Philadelphia, a position he has held for 27 years. Under his direction, the Pennypack Trust has developed expertise and leadership in natural area acquisition and protection, the restoration of eastern deciduous forests, and natural land stewardship.
For a downloadable registration form (to mail in): WAS Annual Dinner 2017