When the club was less than a year old, I first attended a meeting in the fall of 1986 at the urging of a teacher friend. I always had some interest in nature, but after this meeting, my interest grew immensely. I became actively involved from the outset, eventually becoming President a few years down the road.
I attended field outings, including a birding trip to Rondeau in May 1987. I think that is where my interest in birding really got going, as we luckily hit a big fallout day. I still have the list I made and it included a wide variety of warblers among other things. Kentucky and Cerulean were on the list that day! Summer Tanager as well!
I attended the first Christmas Bird Count later that year and while out on my own for a bit, I recorded some good birds, not really knowing their significance.
My interests have widened, including my becoming very knowledgeable with butterflies. Last evening I presented a program on butterflies, using photos I have taken over the last few years. I just touched on the basics, but there was no way I could cover everything I wanted to. I was up there for and hour and twenty minutes as it was!
I also belong to Lambton Wildlife in Sarnia helping out with some of their birding trips.
Funereal Dusky-wing at Point Pelee fall 2010