Richard Crossley - Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas

Richard Crossley

Presentation: Past, Present and Future

Tales of lessons learned while growing up in the wild British birding scene, from travels around the world, to living in Japan and settling down in his birding utopia, Cape May, New Jersey. It will be a fast-paced story told in a Yorkshire brogue, through a camera lens that loves color and art, but with a strong point of view.

With humor and depth Richard will also highlight the thoughts behind the revolutionary The Crossley ID Guide series to self-publishing his latest guide on Waterfowl.  But is changing how we look at books and birds enough? ‘Heck, no!’ says Richard, ‘these are exciting times, and tomorrow must become a new day’.

Come and listen to Richard’s optimistic outlook for birding, lifestyles and conservation. It’s sure to change the way you think!

Bio: Richard Crossley is an internationally acclaimed birder, photographer and award-winning author of The Crossley ID Guide series. A Yorkshireman, he also lived in Japan, and traveled the world before settling down in his beloved Cape May, New Jersey.

After one of his frequent mid-life crises at the turn of the millennium, Richard decided it was time to spend less time obsessively birding and to focus on paying back. Sometimes called crazy (his badge of honor), wildly passionate, and driven, Richard has made concerted forays into youth birding, television, books, and other areas where he feels there is a need for American birding and conservation to improve.

Richard’s latest book, The Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl, continues to push boundaries. It is self-published and encourages all outdoor conservation groups to see each other as one.

Richard also co-founded the global birding initiative Pledge to Fledge, Race4Birds (www.race4birds.org), and The Cape May Young Birders Club. He served on the board of directors at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. He has contributed to most major birding publications, is frequently heard on radio, and is a sought-after public speaker.

Light hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be provided before the presentation.

LOCATION: Port Aransas Community Center