Saturday, January 2, 2010

Prodigy Seen Through Rufous Colored Bins

One of the primary missions of the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society is to reach out to discover all those people in the general population who have more than a passing interest in birds, and then to provide opportunities to foster their avian interest. This is particularly challenging when the person with the birding interest is still living in his/her parents' nest. But, discovering and investing in these young people is the most rewarding of all of our Greater Ozarks Audubon ventures, and it can pay big dividends in education and conservation as the years pass and these young people become adults, expanding their geographic ranges to reach into troubled ecosystems and pursue ecological solutions around the globe.
David Ringer and N8 Swick
During the holiday season, I had the privilege of birding with two of the finest that GOAS has nurtured, David Ringer and Nathan Swick. Even though we only joined for a brief moment in the living room of the gracious host's home pursuing a winged winter resident in Ozark, it was delightful to overhear the conversation and bask in the warmth of the bird friendly environs. How fitting that the accidental lingering of a tiny Rufous Hummingbird should provide the impetus for our paths to cross once again! It was another milepost forged by years of local relationships centered around small winged jewels of adaptation.
photo taken by Marvin DeJong
David Ringer, of Search and Serendipity and Nathan Swick, of The Drinking Bird were both GOAS prodigies as teen birders. They honed their identification skills in the field and their communication skills on the Internet to adapt to a changing technological climate and carve out unique niches in the blogosphere. Their blogs are both informative, innovative, and dedicated to blazing a trail into the frontiers of birding, conservation, and ecotourism.
Be sure to follow their blogs in 2010. They both will be chalk full of birding adventures, ecological insight, and just plain fun!
Although they were once our young, inquisitive kids in the club, as adults they have exceeded our expectations and soared to new heights, both becoming conservation leaders in a world starving for their intelligence, creativity, and new ideas for sustainable living on Earth. The birds, the birders, and the "village" will be stronger for what they have to offer. We at GOAS are simply proud to watch them dip and soar on the warm winds of change.


Nate said...

Can you still be a prodigy at 30? Somehow I doubt it... :)

Greg said...

@ N8, Yes, one can safely refer to the young birders as prodigies during the period of time long, long ago when they were 12-14 year old birders hanging out with sage GOAS members. :)

However, at age 30, you have crossed the threshhold of such a coveted status.... Sorry, but your prodigy status is now expired! :)