11:00am Ed Harper, Birds of the Central Valley
Published on 23 August 2013
Sit back and watch as Ed take us on a photographic journey to catch a glimpse of the avian world of the Central Valley. Ed Harper is one of the finest birders and bird photographers in the country. His programs are always highly informative and full of humor. An educator at heart, though retired as a math teacher from American River College in Sacramento, he still teaches his birding classes. He now spends almost every free moment in the field and leads wildlife tours all over of the world with his wife Susan
Ed Harper's interest in birds goes back to his early childhood when he was growing up in Montana. It was there his interest and love of natural history blossomed. Always a teacher at heart, Ed taught mathematics at American River College for 33 years until his retirement. With his passion for birding, Ed has also taught a variety of classes in field ornithology for the ARC Extension. He designed and taught many popular classes including bird song, migration, introduction to the birds of the Sacramento area, and various classes on field identification for birds of prey, shorebirds, and gulls. He is a popular and frequent speaker at many birding festivals and conferences.
Ed Harper has traveled to all the continents in search of birds. An avid photographer, he has photographed over 2000 species of birds. Some of his photos are found in books and periodicals whereas other images highlight talks and slide lectures. In North America alone, he has photographed over 750 species of birds. Starting out as a tour leader for the Massachusetts Audubon Society in 1981, Ed now operates Sandpiper Journeys with his wife, Susan Scott. Together they have conducted many birding and natural history tours throughout the world.