"I have attended numerous congresses, national and local meetings, and university symposia. But, Avistar was a unique mix of academic research, conservation biology, public education, outreach, and field information. The thousands of attendees included some of the continents most experienced and accomplished researchers, authors, and field biologists talking and interacting with local families, school kids, bird watchers from across the country, photographers, environmental activists, ecotourism companies, and curious people. The events were fun and informative. The audience for my talk was fantastically engaged, enthusiastic, and curious..."