Speakers Set for 2009 John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest
Local Birders will recognize the names of two featured speakers for the 2009 Alabama Coastal BirdFest, said John Borom, president of Mobile Bay Audubon Society and BirdFest chairman.
“Kathy Hicks and Bill Summerour are local residents, but we think they will present programs that will appeal to birders from all over the country who will be here for BirdFest this fall,” Borom said. “For opening night, we will have a presentation by photographer Kathy Hicks. Kathy is also a very talented graphic designer, and she created our 2009 poster using three of her Great Blue Heron photos. I think it’s going to be a very popular poster.”
A Baldwin County resident who grew up on the Western Shore of Mobile Bay, Kathy calls herself an ‘advanced amateur’ photographer, but her work has won several awards and has been used in Forbes, Antique Road Show, Science Daily, and Outdoor Alabama. She is also an exclusive photographer for iStockPhoto.com. Her show Thursday night is A Gulf Coast Photo Journal, a selection of her best birding shots, set to music.
“On Friday night, we feature another birder and artist, Dr. Bill Summerour. Bill is as well known as a biologist as he is artist. His watercolor of a Purple Gallinule was featured on the 2005 BirdFest poster.”
A graduate of Auburn University, Bill earned his Ph.D. in zoology at Mississippi State. He taught biology, zoology, botany, and ornithology at Jacksonville State University for more than 20 years and was a visiting professor of biology at Virginia Military Institute. He spent seven years as editor of Alabama Birdlife, the Journal of the Alabama Ornithological Society. Since retiring in 1991, he continues to photograph and paint birds and conduct research into Red Crossbills in the Talladega National Forest and Swainson’s Warbler in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. Bill’s Friday night presentation, Birding the Alabama Gulf Coast will highlight some of the best birding spots in our area.
To read more about our 2009 speakers, visit the “speakers” page on this web site.
More information about the 2009 Alabama Coastal BirdFest – including our schedule of guided tours – will be available here soon. Registration opens in mid-July, 2009.