Birding the Lewis & Clark Trail
Guest Speakers: Ed & Aija Konrad
Date: Wednesday September 23, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 8:15 PM
Location: Zoom Virtual Video
Aija and Ed Konrad have been birding at Seabrook for 12 years. Aija is the avid birdwatcher and Ed is the photographer. You have probably seen them at North Beach or around Palmetto Lake, the tall blonde with binoculars and the guy with the big lens camera. They’ve been SIB members for 5 years and Ed serves on the board.
Aija and Ed have been advocates for many years on protecting Seabrook’s shorebirds, with a focus on our endangered and threatened species. They’ve built strong partnerships with our SC DNR, USFWL, and SC Audubon biologists, as well as researchers in the Piping Plover breeding regions. You read their many birding articles and view Ed’s photos on the SIB website and the Seabrooker. In the last decade they’ve traveled extensively to bird and shoot photos in 49 US states and Canada, Central America, Europe, and the Far East.In 2018, Aija did a US Big Year, and they crisscrossed the country to see how many bird species they could identify in a calendar year. They wound up with a whopping 577 species, and Aija placed #15 on EBird’s Lower 48 states!
When 2019 rolled around it was quite a letdown after the Big Year, so they had to think of another goal. Ed, who is a history buff, had an idea on his bucket list for years…driving cross country and tracing the Lewis and Clark trail…with lots of birdwatching and photography. So, they set out on their 28-day journey of birds and history.
Aija and Ed are Penn State graduates. They live in Atlanta full time and Seabrook Island about 10 days a month. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Travel has become all about birds…if we could only do that again!
You can view Ed’s bird photos and their many travel adventures on Ed’s Flickr site. Just click or cut and paste this URL: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edkon/