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Registration will open February 1st 2021!
The Potential Speakers
Photographer, Author, Raptors of the Rockies Executive Director
It is our pleasure to welcome back famed avian photographer Kate Davis to our chapter's bird fest, this year as our keynote speaker.
Kate began life with a love of animals when she was caring for mammals and raptors with the Cincinnati Zoo Junior Zoologists Club starting in 1973. Her father had a great interest in photography, tutoring Kate with a darkroom in the basement all of her childhood. She received a degree in Zoology from the University of Montana in 1982 and founded the non-profit educational organization Raptors of the Rockies in 1988. Kate keeps a dozen non-releasable and falconry birds at the facility at her home in Western Montana. Program appearances with these raptors number more than 1760 for 135,000 people, young and old alike. They are the subjects and sources of inspiration for her drawings, paintings, etchings, welded steel sculptures, photography, and writing. She has authored and illustrated 5 books on raptors, and Raptors of the West won the National Outdoor Book Award and Montana Book Award Grand Prize. Her 6th title is Birds Are People, Too, a blend of humor and photography, and she is currently working on a new and revised edition of Falcons of North America from 2008.
The Peregrine Fund, Condor Program Manager
Tim Hauck is the Program Manager for The Peregrine Fund’s Condor Recovery Program in northern Arizona and southern Utah. Tim is responsible for successful releases of captive-raised condors into the scenic wilds of the Vermilion Cliffs and surrounding areas as well as the day to day management of the wild population.
Tim is originally from Rochester, NY and received his education at Ithaca College, where his love of birds and conservation grew into a life-long passion and profession. He has spent the greater part of the last 18 years working in the field with a variety of threatened and endangered bird species. However, it was in 2005 that he found his true calling when he arrived in Marble Canyon, Arizona to work with the highly endangered California condor. After working as a condor field technician for many years, Tim now manages the Condor Recovery Program and splits time between Marble Canyon and Flagstaff, where he resides with his wife Kim and daughter Isabelle.
The Nature Conservancy, Utah
Elaine York is West Desert Regional Director for The Nature Conservancy and is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the on-ground lead for their conservation efforts in western Utah, including biologically diverse Washington County.
In her 23 years with the Conservancy, Elaine has led innovative projects in landscape planning, ecological modeling and land acquisition with multiple state and federal government agencies and private landowners. In 2008 she received the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s “Recovery Champion” award for her work protecting rare plants in Washington County. In her free time, Elaine enjoys spending time with family and exploring the deserts, canyons and mountains she is personally and professionally committed to protecting.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Greater Zion Big Day field trip (daily) begins (Fri & Sat ONLY)
Van and Bus Trips are scheduled to depart
Speaker — Elaine York, The Nature Conservancy
Speaker — Tim Hauck, The Peregrine Fund
Reception opens — Cash Bar
Saturday, Keynote Speaker — Kate Davis, Raptors of the Rockies
Owl Prowl — Thursday and Friday
Please note that all trips and scheduled agenda are examples items and may or may not occur
We welcome you to bird throughout incredible Southwest Utah, where within one day of short trips you can experience micro-wetlands and low deserts, riparian habitats and the aspen-fir belt.
This year's field trips will offer access to these ranges and more.