Meet Contributing Editor David Sibley in Utah in May

2/18/2015 | 0

David Allen Sibley. Photo by Richard Pasley.

David Allen Sibley. Photo by Richard Pasley.

Here’s your chance to meet BirdWatching contributing editor David Sibley.

The popular artist and author will guide field trips, offer a workshop, sign books, and deliver the keynote at this year’s Great Salt Lake Bird Festival, to be held in Farmington, Utah, May 14-18.

Sibley is the author of The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition, Sibley’s Birding Basics, and Sibley guides to birds of eastern and western North America. His column ID Toolkit appears in every issue of BirdWatching.

Each column showcases his beautiful artwork and features his field-tested tips and keen insights on observing birds, giving readers a chance to look over the shoulder of one of the best bird-identifiers in the business.

In our February 2015 issue, Sibley explained how to identify streaky sparrows by their back patterns. In his December 2014 column, he used drawings of a sparrow and a thrush to illustrate how markings on feathers make spots and streaks on birds. In October 2014, he described how studying one detail will help you remember the whole bird.

Read other “ID Toolkit” columns by David Sibley.

The bestselling Sibley Guide to Birds, first published in 2000 and now in its second edition, was the realization of a lifelong dream for the author, who began painting birds when he was seven years old. The guide became the fastest-selling bird book in history.

Stories about Sibley have run in the New York Times, Audubon, Time, and Science, and the author has appeared on ABC World News Tonight and on NPR’s Science Friday and The Connection. His first feature article in BirdWatching, a profile of St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, appeared in our August 2006 issue.

Read an article by Sibley about steps he took to prevent bird-window collisions.

The long-awaited second edition of The Sibley Guide to Birds went on sale in March 2014. BirdWatching was first not only to interview him about the long-awaited second edition but also to display sample pages from the book. Read our detailed conversation and see 10 pages from the book.

Sibley will deliver the keynote at the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival after dinner on Saturday, May 16. Tickets for the dinner are available online now. Registration for festival field trips begins March 2.

You can read more about the festival at