Plenary Speaker

Al Batt

Friday, May 17 at 6 p.m. | Fair Hills Resort

Al Batt

Writer, speaker, storyteller, and humorist.

Seeing a Bird can Change a Life

Relax, unwind and get ready to belly laugh! Humorist Al Batt unravels a story peppered with comical situations we can all relate to. From Hartland MN near the Iowa border, Batt writes for a number of popular cartoon strips, newspaper and magazine columns, is author of A Life Gone to the Birds, and speaks about nature on radio shows. He has received several awards for his lifetime contributions to birding. We welcome Al Batt’s return to the Festival of Birds! 

About Al Batt

Al Batt of Hartland, Minnesota is a writer, speaker, storyteller and humorist. Al writes humor and nature columns for many newspapers and does regular radio shows about nature. He writes a number of popular cartoon strips that are syndicated nationally and is author of the book, "A Life Gone to the Birds." He is a columnist for "Bird Watcher’s Digest" and “Watching Backyard Birds,” and writes for a number of magazines and books. He is a trustee of the American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines, Alaska. Al hosted TV shows for many years and speaks at various festivals, conferences and conventions all over the world. He has received the Ed Franey Conservation Media Award from the Izaak Walton League, the Thomas Sadler Roberts Award from the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union for lifetime contributions to birding, and was recognized by Bluebirds Across Nebraska for outstanding contributions to wildlife conservation. Al speaks to anyone who will listen. His mother thinks he’s a big deal.