Valley of Birds: Birding the Rio Grande Valley from Brownsville to Laredo

Leader or Speaker: 
Scott Stoner & Denise Hackert-Stoner
Location of Event: 
Five Rivers Interpretive Building
November 6, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The lower Rio Grande Valley of south Texas is one of the top birding areas of the US. With species including Green Jay, Plain Chachalaca, Great Kiskadee and Least Grebe, "The Valley" draws birders searching for birds found nowhere else in the country. This program features some of our favorite birding sites from the Gulf Coast to Laredo, as well as some of the wonderful birds that inhabit them.

Scott and Denise are life members and past officers of the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club and long-time birders and nature photographers. Their photos have been featured on the cover of The Kingbird, and published in National Wildlife magazine, the New York State Conservationist, and several books including the New York Wildlife Viewing Guide. They have won awards at the Hagaman Art Show, the William K Sanford (Colonie) Library Photo Contest, and exhibited at venues throughout the Capital Region. For the past four years, Scott and Denise have been the been the jurists for the Albany Pine Bush Preserve’s annual photo contest. Many of their photos are featured in the permanent exhibits at the new Visitor Center at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center and in Albany Pine Bush outreach efforts. Scott and Denise teach birding and nature photography workshops and have given a variety of programs to birding and other groups across New York State. Together, they operate Naturelogues, a small, local business celebrating the beauty of nature in photos taken all over North America.