Who are these ornithologists, anyway? Let's find out.
The biggest ornithology conference in history, NAOC 2016, just happened over the past week in Washington, DC. Who goes to a conference like this? What do they do? What are they interested in? I set out to answer those questions—through pictures—on behalf of American Ornithology (@AmOrnith). And the biosketch series began!
First, I warned the ornithologists:
They seemed intrigued...
ooooh pick me pick me!— Alice Boyle (@birdfiddler) August 13, 2016
Great, it's a plan!— Abby McBride (@sketchbiologist) August 8, 2016
So off I went to NAOC, with some whiteboards and dry-erase markers in tow.
Here are some of the people I met:
The #biosketch series started piquing interest.
And we kept right on biosketching.
Several intrepid participants stepped up and drew auto-biosketches:
Everyone else had colorful descriptions and ideas for what to draw.
Scientists weren't the only ones at the ornithology conference.
I also ran into a lot of people involved in spreading the word about birds:
And our final biosketch celebrity was Kenn Kaufman, who has done so much for ornithology and conservation by connecting people with birds.