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Audubon Vermont News - June 17, 2015

posted at 4:35 pm Thu Jun 18th, 2015 by (WherezIt_Staff)


Audubon Vermont arranges for David Sibley presentation and book signing


Hundreds of Vermonters have registered to learn from David Allen Sibley, the world’s leading authority on birds and birding. Considered the heir apparent to John James Audubon and Roger Tory Peterson, Sibley will speak to a full-house audience at the Film House at Main Street Landing on the Burlington Waterfront, Friday, June 26 at 7 p.m.

Sibley is well known for his illustrated Sibley Guide to Birds, which became the fastest-selling bird book in history. His presentations and lectures attract hundreds of birders who are eager to meet America’s leading ornithologist/illustrator.

“We are honored and thrilled that David Sibley accepted our invitation to meet with Vermonters, and we are excited to see public response to the invitation,” said Jim Shallow, Executive Director of Audubon Vermont, which is organizing the event. “Every birder I know carries the Sibley book with them and relies on it for its beautiful and accurate illustrations. This is an incredible opportunity to learn directly from the master.”

Mr. Sibley will give a one-hour talk on "The Psychology of Bird Identification." Using photos and drawings, he will demonstrate how we perceive the world around us, and how our brains both help and hinder our efforts at bird identification.  His talk will be followed by a book signing, where The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition will be available for purchase.

“David Sibley is so well known and respected that reservations to the event filled up almost as soon as word was out that he was coming to Vermont. The birding community and the public are flocking to hear his insights into how we look at birds,” said Curt Alpeter, Chair of the Audubon Vermont Board of Directors.

Called a “naturalist rock star’’ by the Wall Street Journal, Sibley paints every bird himself, which is unusual for field guides. The drawings are more useful than photographs in identifying birds, because a drawing can simplify an image so it just contains the things you need to know, whereas a photo gives you too much information.
Vermont leads the country in the percentage of people (53%) who watch birds and wildlife.  Birding is now a major American pastime with roughly 47 million bird watchers who spend nearly $41 billion on the hobby annually, according to a 2011 survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

This event is generously sponsored by Hotel Vermont, City Market, Frost Beer Works, Guy’s Farm and Yard, Vermont Wine Merchants and Skinny Pancake.
Audubon Vermont’s mission is to protect birds, wildlife and their habitat through engaging people of all ages in education, conservation, stewardship and action. 
Learn more:
An Evening with David Sibley
Friday, June 26th 2015
7:00 PM

The Film House at Main Street Landing
60 Lake Street
Burlington, VT
Join Audubon Vermont for "The Psychology of Bird Identification" by David Allen Sibley, followed by a book-signing opportunity for The Sibley Guide to Birds Second Edition
David Allen Sibley began seriously watching and drawing birds in 1969, at age seven. Since 1980 he has traveled throughout the North American continent studying the natural world, both on his own and as a leader of bird-watching tours. This intensive travel and study culminated in the publication of his comprehensive guide to bird identification, The Sibley Guide to Birds.

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.The Sibley Guide to Birds contains over 6,600 original illustrations by Sibley, now recognized as America’s leading ornithologist/illustrator.
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