Lectures & Speaking Topics

The Art of Identification
In the same way that poetry conveys rich meaning in just a few words, the illustrations in a field guide need to give maximum information in minimum space. Tracing his own artistic development through sketches and paintings, David will discuss the unique requirements, and challenges, of illustrating for a field guide.
The Genesis of the Sibley Guides
The Sibley Guide to Birds was first conceived in the late 1970s, when David Sibley was only a teenager, and it took more than 20 years to bring it to completion. In this lecture David will talk about the long (but enjoyable) journey from idea to finished book.
The Psychology of Bird Identification
In this lecture, illustrated with photos, drawings, and a few tests, David will talk about how we perceive the world around us, and how our brains both help and hinder our efforts at bird identification.

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