April Bird Club Meeting

Due to family events Neil Hayward can’t make it to our April 20 meeting, but we are pleased to have Cincinnati’s own Laura Keene. Laura will tell us about her record setting big year in 2016. Laura beat the previous ABA record with an amazing 759+3 species on the year. Laura was one of 4 birders to break the record last year and is sure to have some excellent stories and photos from her adventures.

In 2013 Boston birder Neil Hayward suffered a devastating bout of the Big Year. The temporary insanity resulted in almost 250,000 miles of travel, taking him to the remote corners of this continent: Barrow in the frozen north; the Dry Tortugas, dangling off the Florida Keys to the south; Newfoundland, poking out to the east; and tiny Adak, adrift in the volcanic Aleutian chain of the west. And a place they call New Jersey. By the year’s end, he’d netted 749 species of bird and set a new ABA Big Year record. In this talk, Neil will take a Big Year and apply cutting-edge high pressure technology and condense it into a Big Hour. Come hear about exotic birds, remote places, volcanoes, polar bears, Aleutian plumbing and more!

Government health warning: Big Years can be contagious. High pressure technology not previously tested.

Bio: Neil Hayward grew up near Oxford, England, where, at a young age, he first became obsessed with birds. After a PhD in genetics at Cambridge University he moved (permanently) to the US in 2005 to head up the US operations of the biotechnology company Abcam. He left in 2011 to pursue a consulting career as owner of Cambridge Blue Consulting. Neil is currently the Field Trip Coordinator and a director of the Brookline Bird Club. He is the author of Lost Among the Birds (Bloomsbury, June 2016), a memoir of his accidental big year. He lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife Gerri, son Henry and two cats, Sally and Khiva.

Meet at Sharon Centre, in Sharon Woods, located at 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville Ohio. Take I-275 to the Sharonville exit and go south about 3/4 mile to the entrance of Sharon Woods, then follow the signs to the visitor center.

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