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Guest Speaker: Cliff Shackelford
Saturday, February 25 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 amFree
Cliff Shackelford, Nongame Ornithologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
“The Secret Lives of the Texas Gulf Coast’s Avian and Human Residents ”
Like traveling on a roller coaster, we’ll take a fast, furious, and often bumpy ride through the Gulf Coast prairies and marshes pointing out interesting facts about the birds and people that call it home.
Cliff is a 7th generation Texan who started birdwatching at the age of nine in the late 1970s. He holds both a B.S. and an M.S. degree in biology from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. At the age of 17, he made his first tropical birding trip to Peru where he spent a few days birding with the late Ted Parker. Several birding trips later, at the age of 21, Cliff saw the 1,000th species on his world life list. He published his first bird book, Hummingbirds of Texas, at the age of 37. Cliff is the statewide Nongame Ornithologist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department where he’s been employed since 1997. Starting in 2013, Cliff co-hosts and co-produces a live call-in radio show called Bird Calls which airs on National Public Radio’s (NPR) Red River Radio (RRR) station which has the second largest coverage area of any NPR station in the country. RRR serves East Texas, much of Louisiana, and parts of 2 other states. He is the first author of the book Hummingbirds of Texas that was first published in September 2005 by Texas A&M University Press. He also has authored over 70 publications on birds and birding with almost 20 of those appearing in peer-reviewed journals. His personal travels have taken him throughout the Western Hemisphere where collectively he has birded in 9 Latin American countries plus Canada and the Bahamas. He and his wife, Julie, and their two children live in Nacogdoches.