Q. Where do you live?
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Q. What got you interested in birding?
Q.  What's your favorite birding spot in Oklahoma?

Introducing our May, 2004
Birder of the Month:

Chris Floyd*
of Davis, California

*Chris is a second generation
OKbirder-of-the-Month;
his dad, Phil Floyd, is one
of the co-hosts of ADimView.com

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Q.  What field guide do you prefer to use?
Q.  What are your 3 favorite birds? and is/are there any particular reason(s) they're your favorites??
Q.  Tell us about your BEST birding experience.... so far.
Q.  What was your WORST??
Q.  What are you most likely to say when a bird flies before you can ID it??
Q.  What was the last book you read?
I live in Davis, CA, where I finished my Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of California last June and am now doing post-doctor research.

Editor's Note:  As of 2005, Chris had completed his Ph.D. and is presently an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, WI
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To a large extent, my dad's own interest gradually rubbed off on me, but it was a field trip to the Sutton Preserve with an ecology class at OU that sparked the flame.  I saw a Cedar Waxwing up close and wanted to know what species it was; none of my classmates knew, so I poured over a bird book that night and figured it out.  The next day---a cold, icy afternoon in Newcastle, OK---I decided to identify every bird species that showed up at my dad's feeder.  The number was around 21, which shocked me.  It had never occurred to me that there could be that many bird species in our backyard.  I got hooked on the challenge of identification and everything took off from there.
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The Wichita Mountains.
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National Geographic.
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Canyon Wren is my favorite bird; its beautiful song has powerful associations for me.  Second favorite is the Hermit Thrush, again for the song.  My third favorite is a tough call, but I would have to go with Common Nighthawk, as a tribute to sublime evenings in the Great Plains and in the sagebrush valleys of the Great Basin.
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My best birding experience was the 10 days in Belize during January of 1992; this was my only trip to the neotropics so far.  Lying in my hot, muggy, little tent before the first morning light and distinguishing (but not necessarily identifying) dozens of lifebirds was a great experience.
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My worst birding experience was associated with one of my best experiences:  working for the National Biology Service in Big Bend National Park, TX, doing bird census counts.  But one morning I was running late; I needed to be at my field site by sunup, and I had many miles of bad dirt roads to go.  The result of my haste was a quick education in the unwisdom of speeding on gravelly washboards, especially when one is driving a very large, US Government-issued Dodge Ram truck.  The heavy vehicle bounced and skidded through a bend and plunged into a ditch.  However, aside from a few smashed creosote shrubs and a badly misaligned front end, no harm was done---except to my pride, of course.
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"Bitch!"
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The last book I read was "Red," by Terry Tempest Williams.
Q.  Who are your heroes or role models?  Whom do you admire? and if you care to comment, why are they your heroes?
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The two people whom I admire the most and who have influenced me the most are my parents, Sue Ann and Phil.  They are also my best friends.  Edward Abbey, through his writing, was also very significant in my life.  Most of the people whom I admire the most are or were flawed in various ways, but I take pieces of their lives and philosophies as role models.  There are many, many such individuals.
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I've been birding since my junior year at the University of Oklahoma, 1989.
Q. How long have you been birding?
Chris at Organ Pipe Cactus Nat'l Monument
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