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.