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Kevin T Karlson

Kevin Karlson, Photo: Scott Elowitz
Kevin Karlson, Photo: Scott Elowitz

Kevin Karlson is an accomplished birder, author, professional tour leader and wildlife photographer who has published numerous articles on bird identification and natural history for an assortment of magazines and journals. A former photo editor for North American Birds, he currently writes the Birder’s ID column for Wild Bird Magazine. Kevin is a co-author of The Shorebird Guide (Houghton Mifflin Co. 2006) and just completed a new book for the Roger Tory Peterson Reference series at Houghton Mifflin Co. called Birding by Impression. As the sole ornithologist for Cornell’s DVD Birds of North America, Kevin prepared photos and wrote captions for over 2600 bird images. He is a regular presence at numerous Bird and Nature festivals around North America, where he gives keynote presentations and workshops on bird identification and natural history; and leads field trips to a variety of locations.

Upcoming Events

April 2017
April 6 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Kevin is so much fun to bird with that we decided to add a trip where he will concentrate on just Galveston Island! We’ll let Kevin decide where he wants to go depending on what he’s scouted out before the festival. He’ll check out Corps Woods, Lafitte’s Cove, the East End Flats, Sportsman Road and sites all the way to San Luis Pass so that he’ll be able to take you to all the best birding spots on the Island.…

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April 7 @ 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join Kevin Karlson at what he calls “one of the finest migratory locations in North America” – the southern end of the Bolivar Peninsula. Shorebirds, terns, herons, egrets and other water birds will give participants an unforgettable field experience. Targets: Expect to see at least 80 – 100 species! For example, 5 species of plovers, 7 species of terns, 4 species of gulls, Dowitchers, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Harrier, Marbled Godwit, Long-billed Curlew, Whimbrel, Red Knot, White-tailed Kite, Marsh Wren, Seaside…

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April 7 @ 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

This short workshop concentrates on the regional warblers of North America that may be seen in a particular geographic area. Since there are about 53 species of warblers that can reliably be seen in North America, we will cover the regional species in detail, and others with just a peripheral view. After showing the seasonal and age variations in each species, Kevin will show similar species in the same view using digitized composite photos from his popular “Warblers of North…

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April 8 @ 6:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join birding expert, Kevin Karlson (a FeatherFest favorite), and his logistics team to engage in this fast-paced, fun competition to top birding sites on Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula. Kevin's Team is one of two teams competing to identify the most species of birds on this one day adventure. The second team will be led by Greg Miller.

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April 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

History and nature meet as you step back in time to the recently restored 1875 Julius & Elizabeth Ruhl House for Cocktails & Conversation with Kevin Karlson and Greg Miller. Galveston Island is steeped in 19th century history and charm and the Ruhl house is one of the most notable properties in the Island’s East End Historic Landmark District. Enjoy visiting with both Kevin and Greg about real life birding adventures as well as those portrayed in The Big Year as you sip cocktails and savor delectable hors d’oeuvres.

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April 9 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join Kevin Karlson on this relaxed field trip on Galveston Island to finish up your FeatherFest experience. Kevin will look for and identify everything from peeps, shorebirds, songbirds, gulls, and terns, to early raptors. Kevin will take you to local hot spots big and small to look for birds of all kinds. Destinations will be determined by what's been seen where during the festival weekend.      

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