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Welcome Keynote Speaker Tim Boucher
Keynote Speaker Tim Boucher
May 17, 2014
Great Salt Lake Bird Festival is hosting a popular and entertaining birder, Tim
Boucher. You can learn from one of the best at various events planned May 15-19.
On various kinds of transportation – including bus, horseback and kayak –
the festival takes birders of all skill levels to the great birding locations in
– a Nature Conservancy Geographer – got the birding bug 30 years ago when he
was living in South Africa. His passion for birding (and travel) has taken him
to 48 countries on six continents. He says he’s loved every minute of it, but
something changed two decades ago.
spending a year birding on North, Central and South America, I came to the
realization that watching birds wasn’t enough. I had to do something to
conserve their habitat,” says Tim Boucher. “At that point, I got involved in
conservation science to find ways to protect our feathered friends.
Boucher does not consider himself a lister, he does have a list of 4,727. He is
particularly interested in encouraging new birders of all ages.
love to talk to people about birds and birding, especially getting the chance to
take people out and inspire them to get interested in conservation through
birds,” adds Boucher.
in Utah have a chance to learn from Tim Boucher at this year’s Great Salt Lake
Bird Festival. There are spaces for the following events:
Saturday, May 13 from 9am-noon: Bus trip to Farmington Bay #35
Friday, May 16 at 3pm: FREE! Learn Bird Calls and Smartphone Birding Apps
Saturday, May 13 at 6pm: Keynote speech: Birding in West Africa-Ghana & Cameroon
can visit The Nature Conservancy’s Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve—a
world-renowned migratory bird habitat located along the eastern shore of the
Great Salt Lake—year round, dusk to dawn. This year, the Conservancy
celebrates the 10th anniversary of the preserve’s award-winning
visitor facilities and is planning an open house in late May to provide an
opportunity for people to connect with nature.
started birding in high school, in South Africa – over 30 years ago – and
quickly became addicted. He
contracted the associated travel bug right away. While at university, he
traveled widely –to the Okavango Delta in Botswana, the deserts of Namibia,
and elsewhere in Southern Africa. Later, he took part in a massive bird atlas
project – one that covered the seven countries of Southern Africa over five
years – further fueling his love of birding (and the wonderful places it took
him to). Then came the trip of a lifetime – a year of backpack birding in the
Western Hemisphere. Starting in Los Angeles, he and two friends made their way
down to Brownsville, Texas, and then followed the spring migration up to the San
Juan Islands in Washington. From the U.S., he travelled to Guatemala for two
weeks, Costa Rica for two months, and finally Ecuador for three months. This was
a life-changing trip, which eventually led him back to the United States where
he volunteered on a bird study, met his wife, and did a graduate degree in
Geography. And he hasn’t stopped birding . He’s now been to 47 countries on
6 continents, birding every possible moment. Though he does not consider himself
a lister, he does have a list of approximately 4,727 species in 201 of the 227
families. He is particularly
interested in encouraging new birders of all ages. Tim works for the Nature
Conservancy and recently was highlighted in the Conservancy’s magazine for his
Tim is sponsored by \Tthe Nature Conservancy, Utah
Welcome to Tim and his lovely wife Ellen!