Richard Crossley

Kern Audubon Society welcomes internationally acclaimed birder Richard Crossley — April 4

KAS General Meeting
Tuesday, April 4 at 7 PM
Larry Reider Building
2000 K Street, Room 204, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Parking structure in the rear

This program is Free and Open to the public
Refreshments served

Internationally acclaimed birder, photographer and award-winning author of ‘The Crossley ID Guide’ series, Richard Crossley comes to Bakersfield and will present “There and Back.”

While working on The Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl, Richard decided he needed to drive to the Arctic Ocean, northern Alaska – from his home in Cape May, NJ.

Told in a thick Yorkshire accent, with a sense of humor, and a disdain for PC, Richard will talk about his 16,000 mile adventure.

Living out of his truck, Richard chats about the incredible places he traveled and the inspiring people he met who changed his thoughts.

The Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl

Books on birds by Richard will be available for purchase at the program.

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Richard Crossley

Richard Crossley
Richard Crossley is an internationally acclaimed birder, photographer and award-winning author of ‘The Crossley ID Guide’ series. Born in Yorkshire, England, he also lived in Japan, and birded worldwide before settling down for three decades in Cape May, NJ. He now swaps time between Southern Florida and the mountains of Southern California – both places chosen for their exciting birding prospects.
In his midlife, Richard decided to spend less time obsessively birding and to focus on paying it forward. Crazy, wildly passionate, and driven, are just a few adjectives used to describe his energy in pushing the envelope that challenges the way we look at birds and conservation.
The long-awaited The Crossley ID Guide: Western Birds continues to cross boundaries of bird ID with a “reality birding” approach to looking at connections between birds and habitats.
“Western Guide”, Ornitherapy: For Your Mind, Body, and Soul (co-authored with Holly Merker and Sophie Crossley) Published alongside the “Western Guide”, OrnitherapyFor Your Mind, Body, and Soul (co-authored with Holly Merker and Sophie Crossley) bridges the gap between bird ID and the wellness benefits of observation. Both books actively promote connections to nature with a stronger appreciation and understanding of our common ground and its many health benefits.
While known as an author, Richard’s life’s work in conservation goes beyond books and has been driven towards conservation. Goals of connecting all people and shaping a bigger picture understanding of the links between birds and habitats are paramount. A strong supporter of youth birding, he co-founded the global birding initiatives Pledge to Fledge, Race4Birds and co-founded The Cape May Young Birders Club. Richard has served on the board of directors at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and contributed to most major birding publications. Richard is frequently heard on radio, and is a sought-after public speaker known for his thought-provoking and entertaining style that helps awaken a bigger picture view of observation and ID.