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The Birding Life: John Rowlett Receives ABA's Roger Tory Peterson Award
At the 40th annual ABA Convention, April 2009 in Corpus Christi, Texas, John Rowlett received the coveted Roger Tory Peterson Award in recognition of his lifetime of achievements in promoting the cause of birding. John’s remarks on “The Birding Life” were poignant that day, and his message continues to resonate with birders today. John and Rose Ann Rowlett, undoubtedly the most enduring and beloved brother-sister birding team of all time, share with us their experience of coming upon an injured Buff-breasted Sandpiper on their very first trip to the Central Texas Coast, when they were respectively but 14 and 12 years old. Peppershrike and Grebe recount how Dr. Peterson was delighted to be able to use the Buff-breast they had presented to him to illustrate the underwing pattern that this elegant shorebird flashes in courtship display on the high arctic tundra.
Purple Sandpipers in Winter
We head to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean to visit with wintering Purple Sandpipers in this Bonus Birds video. Tom Johnson takes us to the rock jetties of Cape May, New Jersey, where we learn some natural history and watch these hardy shorebirds as they deftly explore the intertidal zone.