Join us in November as Byron Stone, aka "Sparrowman" and "Dr. Birdie", presents on one of his favorite topics--sparrows! His presentation will feature a pictorial overview of sparrows of central Texas, with commentary about their abundance, identification, distribution and conservation needs. If you’re new to sparrows, this will be a great overview and will give you an introduction to Travis Audubon's Sparrow ID class which Byron teaches. If you’ve taken Byron's class, this will be a great review. And who doesn’t need a regular review of sparrows? The timing is perfect as many of our sparrows will be returning around the time of Byron's presentation.
Byron Stone is a physician and naturalist with a love of the outdoors that started in early childhood when he would go fishing with his grandfather and catch horny toads near his home in central Austin. He has been an avid birder for over three decades, and has traveled all parts of Texas to observe birds and wildlife. Byron's interest in sparrows dates back over two decades ago, when he began to try in earnest to tell apart all of those "little brown birds." Byron has been teaching the sparrow identification class for Travis Audubon Society for over ten years, using primarily his own digital images to teach those classes and other workshops on sparrow identification. Byron was a co-founder of the perennially-popular SparrowFest conducted each February for the past 8 years at Balcones Canyonlands NWR. Besides sparrows, Byron also has special interests in shorebirds, gulls, raptors and seasonal and regional bird distribution in Texas. He lives in Austin with his 16 year-old dachshund Kramer.
Meeting is free and open to the public, so bring your friends and family!