Thursday, March 28, 2013

Reserve Your Spot NOW for Evening with David Allen Sibley

Join us at BirdFest Texoma for this marvelous opportunity to observe the creative process at work, at Evening with David Allen Sibley, on Saturday, May 4.  David Sibley, America’s leading ornithologist/artist/author will create a painting as we watch,  just as he does for the illustrations in his popular field guides. Everyone will have a great view, thanks to state of the art video equipment, and comfortable  auditorium seating, and  Sibley has promised to portray the much-loved Painted Bunting in the art-piece, which will be up for auction at the end of the evening.

David Allen Sibley (Photo by Erinn Hartman)

Sibley began painting birds when he was seven years old and has continued painting them for over three decades - The Sibley Guide to Birds, with over 6,600 original illustrations by Sibley, was published in the year 2000, and was the realization of a lifelong dream for him.

According to Random House Inc., The Sibley Guide to Birds became the fastest selling bird book in history, earning author Sibley the moniker the Beatle of birding among the press. Stories about Sibley have run in The New York Times, Audubon, Time, and Science, and the author has appeared on ABC World News Tonight and on NPR’s Science Friday and The Connection. David Allen Sibley has been called the heir apparent to John James Audubon and Roger Tory Peterson, and his long awaited guidebook immediately became the gold standard for bird identification when it was published.

Other Sibley books include The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior (2009),The Sibley Guide to Trees (2009),  Sibley Field Guide:  Birds West (2003), The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America (2003),  and  Sibley's Birding Basics (2002).

Evening with David Allen Sibley will begin at 6:30 pm, and will be preceded by a wine social at 6 pm,  all in the  Workforce Auditorium, Grayson College.  Don’t miss out!  Advance reservations are required for Evening with David Sibley and for the  social (registrants for the social must be age 21 or older); registration is available online at or in person at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman.  There will be a book signing following Sibley’s presentation.

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