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Events for Thursday, April 19, 2018 - Sunday, April 22, 2018 › Birding Workshops

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April 2018
Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:15 am - 3:45 pm

Birders will find this workshop and field trip the perfect introduction to coastal birding. You will spend the first hour and 15 minutes in a workshop learning about the diversity of species and state of the art techniques to rapidly identify birds on the Upper Texas Coast.  After a lunch break, we will meet back at headquarters at 12:45 p.m. to board our bus and head out to one of the hotspots on the Upper Texas Coast where we will view these incredible birds. The trip is designed to give each participant the extra attention needed to develop a skill set to have confidence in the field.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This workshop will be enjoyable as a stand-alone event, as well as a tune-up or primer, for those going to High Island or other woodlot venues where colorful migrating warblers can be expected. Learn key concepts and techniques to improve your power of observation and sharpen your identification skills. See slides of warblers that migrate through our area. If you register for this workshop, consider Sunday's Warbler Watching Just for 12 with Glenn Olsen. Photo: Kevin Malo

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Allow technology to help further your birding knowledge and record keeping by using eBird.org and BirdsEye Bird Finding Guide app. The eBird app has revolutionized the keeping of birding records and the sharing of these records. In this workshop, we will explore using eBird on the web and submitting birding records. You will also be introduced to BirdsEye Bird Finding Guide to expand your access to birding information.

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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 10:45 am - 11:45 am

Are you having trouble identifying plovers, terns, gulls, peeps and other shorebirds? Help is on the way! Local birding guide and FeatherFest favorite, Allen Hardee, will share some basic field ID approaches and specialty tips for identifying the shorebirds of Galveston Island. To enhance your experience with this workshop, sign up for the Shorebirds on Galveston Island Field Trip also on Friday.

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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 10:45 am - 4:00 pm

Birders will find this workshop and field trip the perfect introduction to coastal birding. You will spend the first hour and 15 minutes in a workshop learning about the diversity of species and state of the art techniques to rapidly identify birds on the Upper Texas Coast.  After a lunch break, we will meet back at headquarters at 1:00 p.m. to board our bus and head out to one of the hotspots on the Upper Texas Coast where we will…

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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 10:45 am - 4:00 pm

This workshop and field trip is for beginning birders learning the fundamentals and those wanting to brush up on their birding skills. You will spend the first hour and 15 minutes in a workshop learning how to get started and improve birding skills, techniques, and confidence. Topics include: birding practices, optics selection and use, field guides, bird identification considerations and techniques, field notebooks, birding etiquette and ethics, and common birds of Galveston Island. Emphasis will be placed on the field…

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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Don’t miss this free and informative presentation on digiscoping, which is a unique form of long-distance photography using a digital camera and a field spotting scope. Representatives of optics companies will cover the equipment basics of a good digiscoping set-up and provide digiscoping tips and general information about advances in optics.

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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Upper Texas Coast (UTC) birders begin their birding life chasing showy warblers; THE group of birds most responsible for turning casual nature lovers into birders. Annually, UTC birders find about three dozen or so warbler species each Spring; sometimes 25+ in a day. Though warblers can be accessible in numbers, they’re restless subjects that are hard to keep in a binocular view. Though colorfully plumed, it is daunting to tease them apart. It’s the finding and teasing apart of the…

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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The modern smart phone can be your most valuable birding tool next to your binoculars. With the help of any number of birding apps, your smart phone will help you identify birds, learn bird facts and record your sightings. Birding Apps can make you a better birder by expanding your birding knowledge, making birding more fun, and your birding hours more valuable.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Many birders are clamoring to learn about other things they see when birding, and prominent among these are dragonflies and damselflies, which together comprise the insect order Odonata. These raptors of the insect world are important in both terrestrial and aquatic food webs, and food for a number of bird species. The adults' beautiful colors and easily observable habits have spawned an increasing interest among birders and other naturalists. In this workshop you'll hear about how dragonflies and damselflies make…

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Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10:15 am - 11:15 am

It's only natural that birders should be interested in butterflies, given how important these insects are to birds. Members of the insect order Lepidoptera, butterflies and moths are a key food source for birds; caterpillars in particular are a major component of bird diets. If you garden to attract butterflies and other insects, you're sure to attract birds as well! Butterflies and moths are plant pollinators, including many plant species the seeds or fruits of which birds eat. And butterflies…

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Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Going birding is something we all love to do. Your backyard can be just as exciting! If you provide for the four basic needs of birds, you can discover a refuge in your own backyard. Unlike traditional birding, where your objective is to go out to observe a wide variety of birds, the goal of backyard bird feeding is to attract a wide variety of birds to your own yard. John Mims, of Wild Birds Unlimited, will show you how to…

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Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Participants new to coastal birding and novice birders will find this workshop and field trip the perfect opportunity to learn about songbirds. The workshop will focus on identification of wintering and early migrating songbirds seen on the Upper Texas Coast. Slides of common songbirds found this time of year will be presented and tips on becoming a better birder will be shared. After the workshop, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to put what you’ve learned to practice on an easy-going…

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