Keynote Speaker for 2019 Announced

We are so excited to announce that Richard Crossley has been selected as our Keynote speaker for Bird Fest 2019!

Richard will present "There and Back" about his experiences while working on The Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl. Richard will explain why he decided he needed to drive to the Arctic Ocean, northern Alaska – from his home in Cape May, NJ. Told in a thick Yorkshire accent, with a sense of humor, and a disdain for PC, Richard will talk about his 16,000 mile adventure. Living out of his truck, Richard chats about the incredible places he travelled and the inspiring people he met who changed his thoughts.

Richard Crossley is an internationally acclaimed birder, photographer and award-winning author of ‘The Crossley ID Guide’ series. A Yorkshireman, he also lived in Japan, and travelled the World before settling down in his beloved Cape May, NJ.

After one of his frequent mid-life crises at the turn of the millennium, Richard decided it was time to spend less time obsessively birding and to focus on paying back. Sometimes called crazy (his badge of honor), wildly passionate, and driven, Richard has made concerted forays into youth birding, television, books, and other areas where he feels there is a need for American birding and conservation to improve.

Richard’s latest book, The Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl, continues to push boundaries. It is self-published and encourages all outdoor conservation groups to see each other as one.

Richard also co-founded the global birding initiative Pledge to Fledge, Race4Birds (,) and The Cape May Young Birders Club. He served on the board of directors at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. He has contributed to most major birding publications, is frequently heard on radio, and is a sought-after public speaker.

Stay tuned for details on an additional workshop for this year, "Learning to Look" led by Mr. Crossley.