Perhaps the main reason we visited the Midwest Birding Symposium was to meet Kenn Kaufman. After using his field guide (a lot!) and reading the Kingbird Highway (which we reviewed), we really wanted to see Kenn in person. We got our chance and it was awesome!!
We had the privilege to have Kenn sign our field guides and had a great chance to talk to him a bit after his workshop talk. Kenn is an elegant speaker and extremely kind to everyone. We talked to him about some of our conservation goals and it was a lot of fun.
If meeting Kenn wasn’t cool enough, we also got to meet his wife Kim. Her enthusiasm for promoting kids and birding (and all nature) is amazing and she was super friendly to us. Veery had contacted her a few months ago to get information about starting a kids birding club in northern Illinois. She was super helpful with this.
Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to get much interest in our area (yet) but we will be working on that in the upcoming months.