Welcome Keynote Speaker Tim Boucher


Keynote Speaker Tim Boucher        

 

May 17, 2014 

Tim 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 birding exploits.  

Tim is sponsored by \Tthe Nature Conservancy, Utah

Welcome to Tim and his lovely wife Ellen!

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