Seyffert, Kenneth D. 1927-

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SEYFFERT, Kenneth D. 1927-

PERSONAL: Born September 12, 1927, in Corsicana, TX; son of Walter Henry, Sr. and Maud (Knapp) Seyffert. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Attended Southern Methodist University and University of Texas—Austin. Politics: Democrat. Hobbies and other interests: Birdwatching.

ADDRESSES: Home—2206 South Lipscomb St., Amarillo, TX 79109.

CAREER: Illinois-California Express, Inc., Amarillo, TX, officer manager, 1950-84; writer. Texas Breeding Bird Atlas Project, regional director; Texas Bird Records Committee, past member.

MEMBER: National Audubon Society, Texas Ornithological Society (past vice president and member of board of directors), Texas Partners in Flight (regional director), Texas Panhandle Audubon Society (past president).

AWARDS, HONORS: Certificates of Recognition, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1997 and 2001, for outstanding contributions to America's natural and cultural resources; Certificate of Appreciation, Lone Star Legends, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 1999; Outstanding Volunteer Award, conservation category, Texas Audubon Society, 2000.

WRITINGS:

Birds of the Texas Panhandle: Their Status, Distribution, and History, illustrated by Carolyn Stallwitz, Texas A & M University Press (College Station, TX), 2001.

Contributor of articles to Bulletin of the Oklahoma Ornithological Society and Bulletin of the Texas Ornithological Society. Subregional editor, North American Birds.

SIDELIGHTS: Kenneth D. Seyffert told CA: "The Texas Panhandle is the least known and understood region of the state insofar as its bird life is concerned. My motivation in writing on its birds was to correct this deficiency. Not only was it my wish to write on the current status of the region's birds, but also I wanted to make known their histories, going back to the early and mid-nineteenth century. Material in archives is not readily accessible to the public."

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