Al Batt

What is your spark bird?

Friday, September 2, 2022 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
  • Library Hall
A Yampa Valley Crane Festival talk with author, Bird Watcher's Digest columnist and radio show host Al Batt

Audiences around the globe have fallen in love with Al’s nature stories through his newspaper columns, radio shows, and magazine articles. Today he will talk about “spark birds.” Did a little birdie tell you to watch it or it would treat you like a statue in the park, did a penguin singing like a western meadowlark fly over your head, or did your spark bird do something weird? Come sit on the front porch with Al and his spark birds.

About the speaker

Al Batt is a Minnesotan, a birder, a writer, a speaker and a storyteller. Al writes about nature in newspapers and magazines, and does weekly radio shows about birds and nature. He is the author of the book, A Life Gone to the Birds. He is a trustee of the American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines, Alaska, and has received the Ed Franey Media Award from the Izaak Walton League, the Thomas Sadler Roberts Award from the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union for lifetime contributions to birding, and received recognition from Bluebirds Across Nebraska for outstanding contributions to wildlife conservation. Al loves birds, birders and birdy places. The sight of a chickadee thrills him to no end. Al speaks to anyone who will listen. His mother thinks he’s a big deal. 

About the Yampa Valley Crane Festival: Sept. 1-4, 2022

The Greater Sandhill Crane is an iconic species of the Yampa Valley. Returning in the spring, cranes nest and raise their young in wetland areas throughout the valley. In late summer and early fall, hundreds of cranes from the Rocky Mountain flock join the local birds to rest and feed before continuing their journey south. The Yampa Valley Crane Festival celebrates these iconic birds with daily crane viewings, expert speakers, films, art exhibits, workshops, family activities and more. Bud Werner Memorial Library is festival headquarters and the venue for many of these talks, films and events. Learn more about the 11th annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival.