Bob Reed is a freelance author and photographer. He has been birding for about 25 years, although one of his earliest memories is of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird drinking from an Abelia Shrub in Centreville, Alabama.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Auburn University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Auburn University Montgomery. He is also an honor graduate from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the National Defense University, and from the U.S. Army War College.
His (mostly bird-related) articles and photographs have been published in several publications including Bird Watcher’s Digest. He coauthored a book on Alabama birds with Bill Thompson III, publisher of Bird Watcher’s Digest.
He is a past President of the Alabama Ornithological Society, and he has been editor of The Yellowhammer, the AOS newsletter, since 2000.
He loves to travel by automobile. Anywhere and everywhere. Bob and his wife Pat recently completed a lifelong dream of driving to all the lower 48 states, and there are still places to see and enjoy. And of course, binoculars go wherever they go.
Bob is active in church affairs, serving on conference, district and local church levels. He has served as the Lay Leader and Sunday school teacher at Tallassee First United Methodist Church for many years.
Bob is the Chairman of the Tallassee Community Library Board of Trustees, and active in historical and service organizations, including the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He retired from the Alabama Public Service Commission, where he regulated the natural gas utilities in Alabama. He also retired as a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. His military awards include airborne wings, the Legion of Merit, and the Alabama Outstanding Service Medal.
He has recently been trying to identify and catalog all living things on his property. He has currently identified almost 600 different species of plants and animals, including 153 species of birds. His most recent focus has been on moths, which he photographs and tries to identify. It is a frustrating hobby, he said, because, unlike birds, moths don’t play by the rules. He points out that same species can be gray, brown, or anything in between, and that identification is further challenged by the fact that there is no one place where all moths are identified.