Today is the 70th birthday of my good friend and esteemed colleague Dave Richey, of Traverse City, MI.
Dave has more awards – on the wall, table and in the outdoor writer awards books – than just about anyone else who has ever tackled the business as a full time – Outdoor Writer. His efforts have garnered him accolades and admiration from around the world of Outdoor Communications. But none of these acknowledgments mean as much to Dave as knowing the dozens of names – of current and past – outdoor writers whom he has had a hand in guiding.
Dave’s greatest level of success is found in the lives of the dozens of outdoor communicators whom he and his talented and charming wife, Kay, have helped; to nurture, tutor, hand-hold, guide, direct and at times, swift-kicked into action, over the last 45 years.
If you’ve ever read a Dave Richey story [newspaper, magazine, book or guide] send him a Happy Birthday email!
If you’ve ever fished for salmon or steelhead in a tributary of the Great Lakes, send him a ‘Thank You’ & ‘Happy BDay’ – for he and his late-brother George – got it all started many, many runs ago.
If you’ve ever read an Outdoor related newspaper or magazine article; watched on TV or listened on radio, to the reporting of an outdoor experience that inspired, instructed, cajoled, cooed or concerned you, send him a ‘Hearty Thank You’ and ‘Happy BDay’ email.
For Dave Richey is the reigning Mentor to Outdoor Writers and Communicators. Yes, you can find others with more books published, or greater celebrity status and far more money stuffed into bank accounts. But, only a mere handful of them, have any trace of the [Hu] in their resume. Dave’s is laden, brimming over, with the successes of professional and personal stories directed and guided by his influence.
Were it not for his tireless efforts on paper, with manufacturers, guides, state and federal agencies – whether at a conference, show or in-the-field, many of today’s successful and important Outdoor Communicators just wouldn’t be there. They wouldn’t even have a place to work.
We ALL owe this quiet, down-to-earth, practicing hunter, fisherman, outdoorsman and crafter of fine prose – a deep ‘Thank You!’ of sincere gratitude.
PLEASE, join me, along with hundreds of others in wishing Dave Richey a warm and pleasant,
“Happy 70th Birthday!”
I will thank you in advance. Because I know many of you will do so. That’s just the kind of folks outdoors people are.
[Hu] = Human Element
Today is the birthday of the man who gave America, and yes, the world, a reason to watch the bows of trees, eaves of buildings, backyards, forests, clearings, prairie and swamp. A reason to be interested in the myriad of connections we now refer to as the Environment.
Today is the birthday of the man who gave life to an entire industry built around the interest and adoration of one of creations most adored elements.
Born on this date in 1785, in Les Cayes, Santo Domingo (present day Haiti), Jean Rabin was raised in France. Later as a young man he moved to Pennsylvania to care for his father’s land. In 1808 he married a young lady named Lucy Blakewell, who encouraged his artistic talent: painting birds. Though he did so in his spare time, he was trying to make a go of it as a business. By 1820 he gave up on business and turned to the study of birds and painting them full-time. This became his life’s work. His Birds of America, contained life-sized portraits of 1,065 individual birds. Published in four volumes between 1827 and 1838, the man christened Jean Rabin, but now known as John James Audubon, relentlessly promoted it.
Audubon was initially scorned by the ornithologists of his day for posing his subjects in natural habitats and poses. However, today we greatly appreciate his desire to document the wonders of the avian world in a more natural presentation.
Audubon has a very colorful history. Most befitting of the man who first put the world of Birds in colorful tableau before the rest of the humanity.
Read more about this intriguing character of history online at the following:
Consider looking up the nearest Audubon Society meetingin your area and attending a meeting. They openly encourage visitors.
I did so recently and am very glad I did. I’m getting hooked on Birding!
Find a BirdWalk as well and participate. You’ll be amazed to find what you’ve been missing – even when you’re looking at it!
Bird Watching isn’t the ‘watching paint-dry’ mind-numbing experience many mistakenly presumed. It’s fun. It’s social. It’s entertaining. And you get outdoors … if not the MOST important part of the whole exercise!
As you go about your day today, and throughout the rest of your life, when you see the birds on wing, roost or about their daily duties of seeking food, making shelter and reproducing their kinds, think of John J. Audubon. He made caring for birds more than just a meal time adventure. Had he not done so, well, there just may not be turkeys and ducks and upland birds to hunt, nor chickadees, nuthatches, finches and cardinals to delight in at our feeders.
People care about birds and wildlife today, owed much to the study and promotion of birds by John James Audubon. Who on this day, would have been 223 years old.
You know there are oak trees in Pennsylvania that were saplings when Audubon was collecting his samples. Now THAT is amazing!!