Date: 5/15/19 11:53 am
From: John Dillon <kisforkryptonite...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] LOS - ABA Young Birder Camp Sponsorship Info and Fundraising

One aspect of getting youth involved is that once you begin to do it, your reputation for it can attract recruits. Most of you know about the Nature Club I started 12 years ago at Minden High School, and many of you support the club. Now that word has started to get around a bit more about it, I’ve had a few opportunities to teach some birding basics to kids who don’t even go to school here. This Saturday for example, I’m supposed to take out a dad and his 12 year old son because his son wants to learn about raptors and falconry. I’m hoping to get them on some things like Painted Bunting and Mississippi Kite because it might spark a deeper interest.

So, part of the key to getting MORE youth involved is to get SOME youth involved. This award does that, and I’m proud that LOS offers it and takes it seriously because I think it may be part of that key. Consider the reach of other birding clubs throughout the state and the increase of birding on social media, as well. One of my worries about birding is the state is wondering what our CBCs are going to look like in 10 years. Gotta get some newbies in there.

John Dillon

> On May 15, 2019, at 10:14 AM, Steven W. Cardiff <scardif...> wrote:
> Thanks to Jennifer for making this announcement.
> Let me add that the Ted Parker Student Support Fund has also being expanded
> to include subsidizing young birder expenses for attending LOS Meetings.
> "Young Birder" could include both pre-college and college-level students.
> The LOS Board is discussing methods by which young birders would apply for
> such financial assistance. In lieu of re-inventing the wheel, if anyone
> out there knows of pre-existing application procedures used by other
> birding organizations, then we would love to know about that.
> Also, if you haven't noticed, there seems to be a severe shortage of young
> birders. So, please be on the lookout for prospects! If there are more
> experienced young birders out there and they are interested in attending
> LOS Meetings, Field Trips, etc., AND they successfully apply for financial
> assistance, then we would also hope that they would be willing to assist in
> leading field trips and possibly become more involved in the organization
> in general.
> Sincerely,
> Steve Cardiff
> LOS President
> On Wed, May 15, 2019 at 9:46 AM Jennifer Alexander <jalexa352...>
> wrote:
>> Calling all birders!
>> One focus of the Louisiana Ornithological Society (LOS) board this year is
>> to increase youth and young adult memberships. Toward this focus, LOS is
>> proud to announce it is sponsoring a high school student, Jason Arena (bio
>> below), for this year’s ABA Young Birder Camp (description below).
>> To aid in this endeavor, LOS is fundraising for the Ted Parker Student
>> Support Fund (info below). At this year’s LOS Spring Meeting members
>> generously donated $490 towards this sponsorship.
>> LOS would greatly appreciate any donation for not only this year’s
>> sponsorship but to continue to increase the Ted Parker Student Support Fund
>> for future sponsorships. Donations can be made via:
>> PayPal:
>> <
>> Snail Mail:
>> Make checks payable to the "LOS" noting Ted Parker Student Fund and send
>> to:
>> Judith O'Neale, LOS Treasurer
>> 504 Whitebark, Lafayette, LA70508
>> 337.981.1011
>> Jason Arena
>> My name is Jason Arena. I am sixteen years old and a rising junior
>> attending Brother Martin High-School in New Orleans, LA where I am a member
>> of the band who plays the sousaphone and the oboe, as well as a member the
>> sailing team. This summer (July 26th - August 2nd) I will be heading to a
>> birding camp sponsored by the American Birding Association in Lewes,
>> Delaware to explore the rich bird diversity, to meet new friends, and to
>> become a better and more well-rounded birder. However, this would have been
>> impossible without the tremendous help that I was given from the LOS who
>> offered me a fully paid scholarship to the camp which I am unbelievably
>> grateful for. I have been birding for one and a half years, however have
>> done a lot in those years such as taking bird classes, reading bird books,
>> participating in birding events such as volunteer work or field trips with
>> other birders, or even setting up bird feeders. My highlights in my birding
>> career have been participating in a Christmas Bird Count or going to Bonnet
>> Carre Spillway and seeing a painted bunting on a tree over a pond with
>> alligators lurking. Every-day I go out to the levee and take long one to
>> two hour walks looking for birds or other wildlife such as turtles, gators,
>> and sometimes snakes. My favorite bird is the Peregrine Falcon because of
>> its menacing appearance and its ability to reach speeds of two-hundred
>> miles per hour on a stoop, while my favorite naturalist ever is John James
>> Audubon because of his fascinating story in printing the double elephant
>> folio. Along my journey, I have met outstanding people such as Joelle
>> Finley, Glenn Oussett, and Judith O’ Neale who have guided me to not only
>> becoming a more skilled birder, but a more complete person.
>> ABA Young Birder Camp
>> Camp Avocet, Delaware
>> July 26—August 2, 2019. Open to all birders aged 13 to 18.
>> Now in its seventh year, Camp Avocet is based at the University of
>> Delaware’s stunning Virden Retreat Center in historic Lewes, Delaware, only
>> minutes away from two major National Wildlife Refuges and a short ride to
>> six, ecologically-based birding regions. Campers are housed and fed in the
>> newly updated Virden Retreat Center dorms and dining hall with the Delaware
>> Bay and the Atlantic Ocean only yards away, this is beach birding at its
>> best!
>> <
>> Ted Parker
>> Renowned conservationist and field ornithologist Theodore "Ted" A. Parker
>> III was already considered a legend in ornithology before his untimely
>> death in 1993 at 40 years old. Referred to as "the Mozart of ornithology,"
>> Parker broke the record for birds seen in one year in the United States at
>> just 18 years old. His "Parker Inventory" technique, which included
>> extensively recording bird calls before and after dawn to capture the
>> voices of birds hidden from sight, revolutionized bird survey work in the
>> Neotropics. Parker’s connection to LSU began when George Lowery, former
>> director of the LSU Museum of Natural Science, invited him on an expedition
>> to Peru. The trip was organized by LSU ornithologist John P. O'Neill, who
>> noted Ted's "frightening" amount of knowledge in ornithology. Parker became
>> a staff research associate for the LSU Museum of Natural Science in 1984.
>> Throughout his career, he published 47 papers on Neotropical birds in
>> technical journals, in addition to five Rapid Assessment Program
>> monographs, four audio-cassettes, and seven popular articles. He also wrote
>> an annotated checklist of the birds of Peru, co-authored the ICBP Read Data
>> book on threatened birds of the Americas, and was a key collaborator on a
>> major work on the ecology and conservation of Neotropical Birds. Parker was
>> a key factor in helping elevate the MNS to world-class quality. His
>> contributions to LSU were recognized with a posthumous honorary PhD in
>> 1993. Taken directly from:
>> Personal insights about Ted Parker from Van Remsen and Robb Brumfield can
>> be found at:
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