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March 5th, 2016 9:30am-4:15pm
13th Annual Adams County Amish Bird Symposium

Join the Adams County Travel & Visitors Bureau and the Adams County Amish Community for a daylong celebration of birds that features speakers, vendors, live raptors from Raptor Incorporated, and other activities. Registration required. View/print a registration form here.

3735 Wheat Ridge Road - Wheat Ridge Amish Community Building
West Union, OH 45693

Toll-Free: 1-877-232-6764

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 9:30 Arrive, coffee and doughnuts
9:50 Welcome - Tom Cross, Adams County Travel and Visitors Bureau.
10:00 Alexandra Forsythe: "The Busy Life Of A Young Birder"
10:50 Break
11:10 Mark Garland: "Birds are Crazy"
12:00 Amish made lunch
1:00 Announcements
1:10 Eric Ellis: "The American Woodcock: Young Forest Denizen"
2:00 Break
2:20 DeVere Burt, John Agnew and John Ruthven: "Art From the Front Lines Of Conservation"
3:10 Closing Summary and Field Trip Directions
3:15-4:15 Field trip: Winter water birds of Adams Lake State Park.

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Alexandra Forsythe
The Busy Life Of A Young Birder

Alex will talk very breifly about her "spark bird" (the Saw-whet Owl), some of her work banding and rehabbing, the Race 4 Birds Foundation and the programs she develops for different organizations.
About Alexandra Forsythe
Alexandra Forsythe, age 16, is an avid birder and wildlife rehabber. She was Indiana's first "Young Birder of the Year", and she received the Charles D. Wise Award for "excellence in conservation practices". She writes the “Bird of the Month” articles for the Indiana Audubon Society (IAS), is Editor and Youth Advisor for the IAS Indiana Young Birders, a founding board member of the Race 4 Birds Foundation, and a program developer for the Limberlost State Historic Site's school outreach series. Alex maintains a YouTube channel to review birding apps along with two websites: and She gives programs across the Midwest and volunteers for several organizations including the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, several county parks, wildlife rehabilitators, and many local Audubon societies. Learn more about Alex at:
Mark Garland
Birds are Crazy

A light-hearted looked at some of the unusual behaviors, appearances, and sounds of birds from various parts of the world. It’s an appreciation of the incredible diversity of the world’s bird life, with an emphasis on the unusual examples, the ones we might call, “Crazy!”

About Mark Garland
Mark Garland is a naturalist based in Cape May, New Jersey. Work experience includes 6 years with the National Park Service, 17 years with the Audubon Naturalist Society, and 4 years with the Cape May Bird Observatory. In 2005 he started his own small company which plans and conducts nature-oriented tours, courses, field trips, and presentations. Birds are a special interest. He has led more than 200 nature tours to various parts of the world, including more than 30 trips to Costa Rica.

He is author of the book Watching Nature: A Mid-Atlantic Natural History, and he writes the “Birders Question Mark” column in Bird Watcher’s Digest. He is Director of the Cape May Monarch Monitoring Project. He teaches week-long birding programs for the Elderhostel Road Scholar program. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Conservation and Environmental Education from the University of Maryland.

Eric Ellis
The American Woodcock: Young Forest Denizen
American woodcock (Scolopax minor) are charismatic birds of young forest habitat that have been declining throughout their range at roughly 1% annually since 1968. This presentation will give an overview of woodcock ecology and population trends and provide descriptions and examples of easily replicated habitat management techniques that are being used to increase habitat for this bird and the host of other species that require young forests. Recent results from telemetry research looking at year round woodcock habitat use will be presented along with information on sources of funding for improving woodcock habitat.

About Eric Ellis
Eric is a native Michigander who received his B.S. in Resource Ecology and Management from The University of Michigan. After college he roamed the earth and eventually settled in Mongolia volunteering with the Peace Corps as a parks/wildlife specialist for two years and subsequently guiding fly fishing, mountain biking, natural history, and horse riding trips for an American tour company. After returning to the U.S. he worked for the City of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation division where he focused on native species restoration, invasive species management, and prescribed burning.
Additional schooling led to a M.S. degree from the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources specializing on the human dimensions of wildlife management. Recently he worked for the Conservation Resource Alliance assisting private landowners and other partners in protecting and restoring fish and wildlife habitat in northern Michigan on projects as varied as dam removals, butterfly garden planting, reptile hibernacula construction, and building chimney swift towers.
Eric works as the Eastern Great Lakes Regional Wildlife Biologist and Grant Writer for the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society where he assists members, partners, agencies, and the public with implementing projects to benefit young forest species and educating people on the benefits of this important habitat type.

(left to right) DeVere Burt, John Agnew and
John Ruthven
Art From the Front Lines Of Conservation

Three artists will share a lively narrative backed up by a power point presentation of beautiful images from their travels from Borneo to the Philippines to as close as Florida to as far flung as Antarctica. All these adventures having amazing conservation implications.

About John Agnew, DeVere Burt and John Ruthven
John Agnew, DeVere Burt and John Ruthven are artists that have have been friends and colleagues for decades. They are world travelers, and have visited some of the globes most remote and extraordinary biotic regions in search of rare and endangered creatures. These expeditions have always generated artistic inspiration and great art all with the intention to bring more focus on the plight of their subjects to help kick-off the conservation effort.

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We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of the following individuals, businesses and organizations for their generous support of the Adams County Amish Bird Symposium:

Jay & Joanne Smale

Donna & Dan Rouster

Hilltop Cabinet
1553 Tater Ridge Rd
West Union, OH

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