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Banquet Speaker for WOW 2013


Presentation: "Birding in Outer Space "

Summary: No, of course there aren´t really any birds in outer space.  Kenn Kaufman chose this whimsical title to signal that we're going on a free-wheeling journey of the imagination, a trip into the future of bird watching.  Using photos and stories from his birding adventures in Arizona and around the world, Kenn will show that the most exciting things about birding today are the same aspects that will make it even more amazing in the future, even if some of the details change.  Finally, he will come down from orbit to offer a unique perspective on why the Willcox area is the best place in the world to go birding in mid-January.


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Dos Cabezas
Dos Cabezas Spirit & Nature Retreat

Ken Kaufman
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Kimberley Kaufman
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Kenn Kaufman

Kenn Kaufman is an American author, artist, naturalist, and conservationist, known for his work on several popular field guides of birds and butterflies in North America.

Born in South Bend, Indiana, Kaufman started birding from the age of six. When he was 9, his family moved to Wichita, Kansas, where his fascination with birds only intensified. At age sixteen, inspired by birding pioneers such as Roger
Tory Peterson, he dropped out of high school and began hitchhiking around North America in pursuit of birds. Three years later, in 1973, he set the record for the most North American bird species seen in one year (671), though this record included regions like Baja California that are no longer ornithologically considered part of North America, and it has since been surpassed. His cross-country birding journey, covering some eighty thousand miles, was eventually recorded in a memoir, "Kingbird Highway."

Subsequently, he focused his work on creating and expanding upon birding field guides. In 1992, he was given the Ludlow Griscom Award by the American Birding Association. Kaufman also received the ABA Roger Tory Peterson Award in 2008 for a "lifetime of achievements in promoting the cause of birding."  Today Kenn writes for Birds and Blooms, Bird Watcher's Digest, and works/volunteers at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory.

Kenn currently resides in Oak Harbor, Ohio with his wife Kimberly, a renowned birder and researcher.  Kimberly is the Executive Director for the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in northwestern Ohio and was the former Education Director for BSBO.  She spearheaded the Observatory's expanding educational programs, with a focus on programs for youth. Her efforts also led to the formation of the Ohio Young Birders Club, a growing statewide organization for teens.  In addition to her work in administration and education, Kim has taken part in many research projects. She has spent hundreds of hours monitoring Bald Eagle nests, banded colonial wading birds on West Sister Island, run a MAPS banding station, taken part in butterfly and breeding bird surveys, and banded many thousands of warblers and other songbirds at the main BSBO study site on the Lake Erie shore. In addition to her passion for birds and bird conservation, Kim also loves music.

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