Mary Keith—the sector journey coordinator for the Florida Birding and Nature Festival, going down Oct 15-17, based mostly on the Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach, Florida—recalled in a “Talking Animals” interview first changing into enchanted with birding many years in the past, because the daughter of botanists, rising up in rural Pennsylvania.
Keith outlined the facets of birds and their conduct she nonetheless finds fascinating all these years later, as a longtime resident of central Florida. When it’s noticed that her ongoing ornithological obsession led to her changing into president of the Tampa Audubon Society, Keith offered a quick overview of that group, and its mission.
This, and a listener’s phoned-in inquiry, moved the dialog straight into addressing the historical past and evolution of the Florida Birding and Nature Festival, which really started a number of years in the past, then “went away,” Keith says, then was re-launched in 2016.
She provided information on the construction and particulars of this 12 months’s Festival, together with COVID protocols; for instance, the Festival will current seven seminars on Saturday 10/15 and seven extra on Sunday 10/16—however delivered by Zoom solely, and registrants obtain hyperlinks to these seminars, to observe at their leisure. She touched on the Keynote audio system, Craig Pittman on the Friday, and Clay Taylor on the Saturday, together with the array of discipline journeys, which differ by location and mode of transportation: stroll/hike, automobile, boat, canoe.