Welcome Keynote Speaker David Allen Sibley



May 16, 2015 

Great Salt Lake Bird Festival is excited to announce the 2015 Keynote Speaker for May 16, 2015 is renowned artist and author David Allen Sibley.

 David Allen Sibley's ongoing efforts to understand the birds and trees of North America have led him to write and illustrate the celebrated Sibley Guides series. His inventive presentations include inspired lectures, illustration workshops, and nature walks.  

The Sibley Guide to Birds, published in 2000, was the realization of a lifelong dream for David Allen Sibley, who began painting birds when he was seven years old and has continued painting them for over three decades. The Sibley Guide to Birds contains over 6,600 original illustrations by Sibley, now recognized as America’s leading ornithologist/illustrator. David Allen Sibley is the preeminent brand in American birding, and everywhere he goes, hundreds of fellow birders come out to meet him for his inventive presentations and lectures.

The Sibley Guide to Birds became the fastest-selling bird book in history, earning Sibley the moniker “the Beatle of birding” among the press. Stories about Sibley have run in The New York TimesAudubonTime, and Science, and the author has appeared on ABC World News Tonight and on NPR’s Science Friday and The Connection. David Allen Sibley has been called the heir apparent to John James Audubon and Roger Tory Peterson, and his long-awaited guidebook immediately became the gold standard for bird identification when it was published.

Used by millions of birders, from novices to the most expert, The Sibley Guide is now the standard by which natural history guides are measured. The second edition (published in March 2014) builds on this foundation of excellence, offering massively expanded and updated information, new paintings, new and rare species, and an elegant new design.

 In addition to giving the Keynote address, David will also guide a fieldtrips to Farmington Bay, offer a workshop and have book signings. 

Dinner with Keynote Speaker, David Allen Sibley tickets are available on-line now.

Registration for field trips for the 2015 Festival begins March 2, 2015.  Vendor applications accepted in January 2015.

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