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March 4th, 2017
14th Annual Adams County Amish Bird Symposium Join the Adams County Travel & Visitors Bureau and the Adams County Amish Community for a daylong celebration of birds that features speakers, vendors, live raptors from Raptor Incorporated, and other activities. Registration required. View/print a registration form here.
3735 Wheat Ridge Road
West Union, Ohio 45693


>>Download/View a registration form here in pdf or jpg format.<<
9:30 Arrive, bird-friendly coffee and doughnuts
9:50 Welcome - Tom Cross, Adams County Travel and Visitors Bureau.
10:00 Tim Gallagher: "In Search of the Cuban Ivory-bill"
10:50 Break (20 mins)
11:10 Bridgette Stutchbury: "Frequent Fliers: New Discoveries in Songbird Migration"
12:00 Amish made lunch
1:00 Announcements
1:10 Wil Hershberger: "A Celebration of Bird Song"
2:00 Break (20 mins)
2:20 Larry Richardson: "The Spring Migratory and Breeding Birds of Shawnee State Forest and Ohio Brush Creek"
3:10 Closing Summary and Field Trip Directions
3:15-4:15 Field trip: Winter water birds of Adams Lake State Park.

>>Download/View a registration form here in pdf or jpg format.<<
Tim Gallagher
In Search of the Cuban Ivory-bill

The Ivory-billed Woodpecker has long been the Holy Grail of birding. Found only in the southern United States and Cuba, its numbers plummeted in the late 19th century due to habitat destruction and wanton killing, and many fear it may now be extinct. But Tim Gallagher has never given up on the bird. He was one of the searchers who spotted a lone Ivory-bill in an Arkansas bayou in 2004. In January 2016, he took his search to the rugged mountains of eastern Cuba, where he spent two weeks scouring the last-known haunts of the Cuban Ivory-bill. (His search was featured in the May-June 2016 issue of Audubon magazine.) Join Tim as he recounts his adventures and shares pictures of his exciting journey to Cuba.

About Tim Gallagher
Tim Gallagher is an award-winning author, wildlife photographer, and magazine editor. He served as editor-in-chief of Living Bird, the flagship publication of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, for more than 25 years and was one of the founding editors of WildBird magazine. Tim got his first field guide at the age of eight and has been obsessively watching birds ever since. He is the author of several books, including Parts Unknown, Wild Bird Photography, The Grail Bird, Falcon Fever, and Imperial Dreams. He lives in Freeville, New York.
Bridgette Stutchbury
Frequent Fliers: New Discoveries in Songbird Migration

Each fall, billions of songbirds leave Canada on an epic journey to their far-away wintering grounds in Central and South America where many live in tropical forests shared by toucans, howler monkeys, and jaguars. Dozens of species have experienced serious, long-term population declines that are driven in part by the threats that these birds face on migration and while in the tropics. But only recently has it been possible to track the entire migration of individual songbirds to find out how they accomplish their amazing 10,000 km (or more!) round trip and to map out critical habitats used during migration. Bridget Stutchbury will reveal her surprising migration tracking results for Purple Martins and Wood Thrushes and discuss how this research can help us save songbirds.

About Bridgette Stutchbury
Bridget Stutchbury is a professor in the Department of Biology at York University, Toronto. She completed her M.Sc. at Queen's University and her Ph.D. at Yale, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution. Since the 1980s, she has studied migratory songbirds to understand their behavior, ecology and conservation. Her recent research tracked the incredible migration journeys of songbirds to help halt the severe declines in many species. She serves on the board of Wildlife Preservation Canada and is the author of Silence of the Songbirds (2007) and The Bird Detective (2010). Bridget was also featured in the award-winning documentary The Messenger (2015).

Wil Hershberger
A Celebration of Bird Song
A Celebration of Bird Song will cover bird song through the seasons from late winter through early spring. This talk will examine bird songs in detail by slowing them down with visual displays to help us "see" what we are hearing. Explore what the birds are conveying to one another and other fascinating aspects of bird communication being revealed in the current literature.

About Wil Hershberger
Wil Hershberger has been an avid naturalist most of his life. After becoming an accomplished and well-respected birder, photography skills learned in his Dad's basement darkroom were rekindled. Today his photography has become an extension of his passion for the natural world. He has an innate ability to capture the natural world in an artistic way. Over a decade ago, Wil and his wife Donna formed Nature Images and Sounds, LLC. Together, they photograph everything from birds to bugs. Wil is also an accomplished sound recordist. Most of his recordings, including birds and bugs, are archived at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds. Through their photography and sound recordings, they hope to instill in others the desire to protect and save these sacred natural treasures.

  • Past President of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society and the Frederick chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society
  • Former First-Vice President of the Shenandoah Photographic Society
  • Co-Founder of the Potomac Valley Nature Photographers
  • Member of the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA), North American Photoshop Professionals, and Professional Photographers of America
  • Awarded the honor of "Highly Commended" for an insect photo by the Shell/BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition for 2006
  • Awarded a "Highly honored" by Nature's Best magazine Photographer of the Year Competition for 2008 and 2010 (the 2010 winning image hung in the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum as part of the Nature's Best Display during the summer of 2011).
  • Photographer of the Year 2006 Shenandoah Photographic Society
  • Awarded "Best of the Bugs" by the University of Florida entomology and nematology department for the support website for his book, "The Songs of Insects."
  • Member of the American Ornithologist Union.
  • Member of the Association of Field Ornithologists.

  • Images published in

  • Calendars by Gladstone Media
  • Books by Stackpole and Houghton-Mifflin
  • Oasis Magazine of Italy
  • Appalachian Trail Conservancy Magazine
  • Adirondack Explorer
  • National Parks Magazine
  • Bird Watchers Digest
  • Various books and CD's produced by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
  • iPhone and iPad apps

  • Articles published in:

  • Nature Photographers Magazine
  • NatureScapes.net online magazine
  • Valley Views, newsletter of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society.

  • Books published:

  • "The Songs of Insects," Houghton Mifflin C.- Co-authored with Lang Elliott
  • "Insect Musicians," Toadsong Press - Co-authored with Lang Elliott. iBook store iPad book.

  • Website published:


    Artist's statement:
    "I strive to achieve an image that conveys the true essence and splendor of the subject. I use the camera as my net to capture that essence. I use the computer only to translate the captured image into a reflection of the reality that I experienced when with the subject. Over manipulating the gossamer of the captured image will only detract from the splendor that was originally there."

    Wil Hershberger

    Larry Richardson
    The Spring Migratory and Breeding Birds of Shawnee State Forest and Ohio Brush Creek

    This program is for birders. Late April and early May provide the very best in North American Warbler and song bird viewing in this magnificent Southern Ohio region. This program will showcase why this area is a must visit for birders near and far.

    Larry will discuss techniques in Southern Ohio "hills and hollows" birding that will build a respectable birding trip list, exploring why geography, habitat diversity, migratory and nesting timing make for a perfect birding combination.

    It's all about the birds. Larry will provide "world class" Brian Zwiebel images of those birds everyone will all want to see, and review the habitats that make this spring event so special.

    Larry will also discuss the Adams Lake birding field trip that he will lead right after the Symposium conclusion. After his talk don't forget to sign up for his guided day of birding Saturday April 29, 2017 beginning at Shawnee State Park and concluding at Ohio Brush Creek.

    Anyone that loves birds will enjoy this program. If attendees in fact, join in the April field trip they will get an opportunity to experience first-hand the information he provided in the ACABS presentation in March. Larry will coordinate, lead and administer the April field trip, and will make available times, logistics, and field trip information for all who sign up for the trip.

    Program note: There will be no charge for the April field trip. The trip will be at the participant's own expense but no fee for guiding will apply.

    About Larry Richardson
    Larry Richardson has been teaching birding courses and leading domestic and international birding trips for over 30 years. Larry is a graduate of the The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources where he majored in Wildlife Management & Natural Resource Policies. He is now retired living in West Farmington, Ohio but still stays involved with birding!


  • Birding guide & trip leader for Sabrewing Nature Tours www.sabrewingtours.com
  • Volunteer field trip guide for Black Swamp Bird Observatory at "The Biggest Week In American Birding"

  • Formerly

  • Executive Director, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, 22 years
  • Director, Arcadia Lake Park in Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Ranger & Park Manager for Ohio State Parks

  • Birding Experience

  • Teach birding courses; presenter @ birding Conferences
  • Leading domestic birding trips & extensive birding throughout Continental U.S.
  • Leading local & 16 international birding trips for over 30 Years
  • Maintained U.S. Fish & Wildlife Salvage & Wildlife Rehabilitation Permits 1980-2009
  • Participant in the 1988 Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas Project
  • Served on the Black Swamp Bird Observatory Board of Directors

  • Domestic & International Birding Trips:

  • Florida
  • Niagara Falls
  • Mio, Michigan: Kirtland Warbler
  • Southeast Arizona
  • Rio Grand Valley And Texas Gulf Coast
  • Maine
  • Southern & Central California
  • Trinidad & Tobago: Asa Wright Nature Center
  • Costa Rica
  • Venezuela
  • Panama
  • Vietnam
  • Kenya, East Africa
  • Sierra Madre Mountains, Mexico (El Cielo Biosphere)
  • Ecuador & Galapagos

  • >>Download/View a registration form here in pdf or jpg format.<<

    We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of the following individuals, businesses and organizations for their generous support of the Adams County Amish Bird Symposium:

    Jay & Joanne Smale

    Donna & Dan Rouster

    Hilltop Cabinet
    1553 Tater Ridge Rd
    West Union, OH

    Murphin Ridge Inn
    >>Download/View a registration form here in pdf or jpg format.<<