Birds of the High Country: Amazing Stories from a Remarkable Place
Birds are out there living some interesting lives and this energetic talk will introduce the audience to some amazing facts and stories about the birds that call North Carolina’s High Country home. It will conclude with some simple ways that you can help our birds thrive and ways you can get involved.
Curtis Smalling, the Director of Land Bird Conservation at Audubon North Carolina, is a 1985 magna cum laude graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. In 1996 he received a Master of Arts in Appalachian Studies. A life-long bird watcher, Curtis began watching birds with his grandfather, who was very interested in Purple Martins.
His current position with Audubon is that of Director of Land Bird Conservation. He is involved in identifying areas of concern, making conservation and management recommendations for bird populations, and working with various stakeholders for bird conservation in this hemisphere.
He is a member of several working groups, including the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Working Group, the Cerulean Warbler Technical Working Group, and the International Golden-winged Warbler Working Group, which involves working on this species and others on their wintering grounds in Nicaragua.
He is a contributing author or editor for several books and publications. He resides in Boone, NC, with his wife of 33 years, Mary, and has three children and a granddaughter.