Alan Kneidel received a B.A. in Biology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2008. He has since contributed to a variety of research projects, spanning from the Arctic to tropical South America. He is currently a Master’s student at Delaware State University, focusing on the spring stopover ecology of trans-Gulf songbird migrants on St. George Island, Florida. While at home in Delaware, he is most likely to be found working on his state list and trying to fire up the local birding community. Check out his travel blog at goodbykneidel.b
September 23rd to 28th marked the 2014 joint meeting of the American Ornithologists’ Union, Cooper Ornithological Society, and Society of Canadian Ornithologists. The meeting took place at the YMCA in Estes Park, Colorado, a setting befitting of such an exciting gathering.
I came as one of three Delaware State University researchers, including Dr. Christopher Heckscher and fellow Master’s candidate Mariamar Gutierrez. We delivered two talks and one poster presentation, encompassing our work on Veery biology and spring stopover ecology of Nearctic-Neotropical songbirds on St. George Island, Florida.
As anyone who attended knows, the variety and quality of talks and presentations was incredible. Highlights for me included symposiums on the advances of Aeroecology, Rusty Blackbird conservation, and the impact of Passenger Pigeon extinction on conservation and policy.
In addition to the variety of talks, it was a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones. Being around so many like-minded, talented people was a truly rejuvenating and inspirational experience.
Early in the morning, I was able to escape from the indoor ornithology to get in some Rocky Mountain National Park exploration with my pals Kyle Horton and Mike McCloy.
I’ll start out with a sequence of landscape photos that follow the procession up to the alpine tundra on Trail Ridge Road, from 8,000 ft. to 12,000 ft.