Saturday, June 2, 2012

Digital Bird Walk at the 2012 Woodstock Digital Media Festival


Kent McFarland’s passion for birds and birding is unmistakable—and contagious. A co-founder of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, McFarland is a conservation biologist, photographer, writer and naturalist with over 20 years of birding experience across the Americas.

In the course of our conversation early one morning in May, I was not the only one intrigued by what McFarland had to say. A woman sitting at a nearby table approached us half way through the interview to find out more, saying it was the most interesting conversation she had ever (over)heard.

You can catch Kent’s contagion—and pick up on some of his extensive knowledge—by joining him for a Digital Bird Walk on Saturday, June 23, at the Woodstock Digital Media Festival. The walk leaves from the Billings Farm and Museum at 8:00 AM, and will explore the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park using the Audubon Birds mobile app from Green Mountain Digital.


Digital Bird Walk at the 2012 Woodstock Digital Media Festival

The Woodstock Digital Media Festival brings artists, entrepreneurs and academics together for two days in June to explore the latest in digital art and innovation. The Festival includes an art exhibition, panel discussions and presentations, and digital “explorations” like the bird walk, many of which are free and open to the public. A complete schedule is available at WoodstockDigital.com.

Birding with Kent McFarland
McFarland will be joined on the Digital Bird Walk by Justine Riegel and David Tyler of Green Mountain Digital, and by media savvy birder, James Currie, host of Birding Adventures TV. Currie also will give a talk and Audubon Birds app demo at 2:00 PM on the Woodstock Green.

Woodstock-based Green Mountain Digital has developed the best-selling series of National Audubon Society Field Guides into mobile applications for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, NOOK and HP Touchpads. Green Mountain Digital offers interactive field guide apps for wildlife and nature from birds, mammals, insects and amphibians to trees, flowers and mushrooms.

The walk will utilize the company’s flagship Audubon Birds app to track and record the group’s observations. Interested participants can download it prior to the walk at http://bit.ly/AGbirds. However, everyone is encouraged to attend the Digital Bird Walk, even without the app or a device, to learn about birds and the new digital technology.

Next: An Obsession with Birding

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