Taking a trip across the southern states had been on Bob Martinka’s bucket list for a number of years. He needed three more states to visit all 50. Stephen Turner stepped up as the catalyst for making things happen. With Stephen’s input, birding and visiting four National Parks became a joint purpose. Their birding road trip started in Albuquerque. The first birding stop was Bosque del Apache NWR. Fifteen days, 7 states, 4 National Parks, 3,850 miles driven, and about 280+ bird species later, the “Ultimate Southern States Road Trip” concluded in Athens, Georgia. Many of their stops included famous birding locations throughout the southern states. They discovered this was a really great route to marvel in the beauty, diversity, and national treasures that we are privileged to have in this country. This presentation by Bob and Stephen will include stunning photos of scenery, national parks, and, of course, birds.
Bob Martinka is a retired Deputy Director for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Since retirement, Bob has become an avid photographer, traveling around the globe to pursue his interest in most wild things. His passion for photography has allowed him to share his outdoor experiences and exceptional images with many others. Bob served for 12 years on the Montana Audubon Board and is an active member of the Last Chance Audubon Board. Stephen Turner discovered birds at the age of 21 through an ornithology class at Carroll College with Professor Jean Smith. It was an immediate passion. Love of travelling, seeking “the next” adventure, and enjoying the moment, have all complemented the birding life. Stephen serves in many roles for Last Chance Audubon, including as a Board member and teaching Birding 101 classes for kids and adults.