Meeting – July 9, 2020 – Birding Australia

By Michael Linz and Patty McLean

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Michael Linz and Patty McLean will share stories and photos from their 5-week birding trip to Australia last fall. Karen Holliday went along on this journey, which took them to New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania, touring famous landmarks and snagging excellent views of the remarkable mammals and birds that live in this unique part of the world. Michael will show just a few of the thousands of photos he during their adventure along the scenic eastern coast of Australia. If you’re thinking about going or have ever been Down Under, you won’t want to miss this presentation.

Michael Linz graduated from Harding University with a focus in Mathematics and Chemistry. After trying his hand at teaching high school, he moved into the hottest new career area of that time – computers. He spent the next 40 years as a computer geek. Around 2008, Michael started enjoying birds in Faulkner County. He combined his love of photography with his love of birds; by taking photos he could study the birds closer and get better at identifying them. In 2014 he retired from the business world and went to work as a full time birder. He plans on spending the next 40 years being a bird nerd.

Patty McLean graduated from UA-Little Rock with a Master of Education. In 2013 she retired from the Centers for Disease and Control in Atlanta, where she served as Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office on Smoking & Health. She recently returned to Arkansas, continuing her passion for birding and traveling. Her Georgia list is rather extensive and her Arkansas list is growing.

Michael and Patty have recorded birds in every county in Arkansas and Georgia and enjoy taking side roads for a new adventure to see what kind of birds are around the next corner.