Birds & Brews Colorado Kick Off! Oh, What A Night!

Well, to say we had a good time last night at the Pumphouse would be an understatement, 20 people RSVP’d, 12 additional folks showed up in response to a notice in the local newspaper calendar. Colorado Field Ornithologist provided several great prizes for a drawing along with Wild Birds Unlimited in Fort Collins, Bill Schmoker with Leica and Bird Watcher’s Digest with a few back issues of their great magazine.
We had a party:
Table 1 – Lots of folks, my sis Lauren Burke at the end, Bill Schmoker in the green on the right. Larry and Janie Griffin of Fort Collins lower right. Lots of new birders on the left side of the table. That’s Gary Lefko, “The Nunn Guy” in the white shirt, far left.

Table 2, seen here, clockwise from the lower left, Linda Lee, Brian Guarente, Dean and Margo Shimel, Joe Roller, William Bond.
The Such Family, David, Joel, Marcel and Renee, on the right is Jerry Spangler.
We did an icebreaker for introductions, tell us your name, where you are from and one thing we don’t know about you; Here Bill Kaempfer is expounding on the “One thing we don’t know about you” “Gyrfalcon” he said. “Gyrfalcon”. I wish I had written all these down!
Brian is a “Storm Chaser” and is shown here expounding on the temperments of Tornados.
Joe Roller trying to convince Margo what he is about to say is true, every word. She wasn’t buying it.
Though most of us birders here in Colorado try to avoid Geekdom, Joe espoused it in his treatise of Ted Floyds new North American Field Guide. He tried to simplfy Ted’s text for us, but couldn’t get past: “Complex Basic Strategy” and which “wing swallows catch flying insects on”. Which is it, Ted?
Tina Jones, Renee and David Such and Lauren.
We learned a lot at our first Birds & Brews; prepare for a crowd, find a place that can accom
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3 Responses to Birds & Brews Colorado Kick Off! Oh, What A Night!

  1. Amy says:

    Looks like a great time was had by all! Maybe someday I’ll get to go to a Birds & Brews… 🙂 Congrats on the successful night!

  2. Thanks Amy. I was totally blown away.

  3. jdb says:

    I’m really sorry I missed it, but I just had to go to the Galveston Feather Fest! Maybe I can show you the pics at the next one? And tell you about my first Cerulean Warbler?

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