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Events for April 21 - April 23 › Birding Workshops

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April 2022
April 21 @ 12:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Birders will find this workshop/field trip combo the perfect introduction to coastal birding. During the workshop, your guides will give a brief discussion about the diversity of species, as well as various techniques to identify birds on the Upper Texas Coast. We will then board our bus and proceed to the East End Lagoon Nature Preserve beach area where you’ll see Black Skimmer, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, and many species of shorebirds, gulls, terns, sandpipers, plovers, and more. Stops along the way will highlight birds preferring marsh habitat.

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April 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

NEW for 2022! This workshop unravels some of the most difficult shorebird ID challenges that birders face in the field. Instead of showing all the shorebird species, Kevin will provide tips on how to identify and separate some of the tougher species. Comparative photo arrays of similar species with crucial ID text imbedded reinforces what Kevin says in his own words. Species covered include the yellowlegs, dowitchers, peeps, and plovers. Some regular occurring shorebirds species are also shown, but not covered in detail. This workshop does not involve technical ornithological terms, but some basic feather terminology is used, and obvious physical features are also a part of the ID process. Birders of all skill levels will find some helpful tips in this workshop, but the focus is on expert level information.

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April 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 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 warblers that makes for better and lifelong birders. Yep! Warblers can teach you birding skills.

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April 22 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am

NEW for 2022! iNaturalist is a social network of thousands of individuals that share an interest in all things related to nature and the outdoors. This powerful community is accessed via an application from your phone or via a computer and the internet. If you are just beginning, iNaturalist can provide an invaluable tool for you to learn about and share with others your love of nature. If your interest is birds, butterflies, plants, dragonflies, beetles, frogs, snakes, mammals or any other nature related subjects this network, consisting of many qualified individuals, is there to help.

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April 22 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Ever chase a bird song in the canopy of tall oaks then chase it until the bird stops singing? Ever sit in your backyard and hear a strange bird song in the distance? In both cases you had no chance to see the bird. In both cases you wondered what it was. All birds vocalize and for songbirds’ song is necessary for species survival. A unique biology found only in birds lies behind bird song and communication. The genetics that drive bird vocalizations are not very different than humans.

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April 22 @ 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, Gulls & Terns on Galveston Island Field Trip also on Friday.

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April 22 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

NEW for 2022! What if you could use the millions of checklists in eBird to pick the best places to go at the best times of the year? Well now you can. Find out the best counties to visit and the best weeks of the year to maximize the number of species you can see within a limited timeframe of 20 days (or less) of vacation. Join our expert Greg Miller for this informative lecture. Greg has birded all 50 states and much of Canada. In 1998, Greg zig-zagged 130,000 miles across the USA hoping to reach at least 700 species of birds in one calendar year. You may have seen the movie version of this adventure…The Big Year.

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April 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

NEW for 2022! Calling all neighbors! Pollinators, birds, and other wildlife face many challenges to their survival, and they need our help. The good news is that we can take simple steps to help them―right here, right now, right in our own gardens. In this workshop, Lauren Simpson introduces our pollinators and—using a local garden as a classroom—shares simple techniques for transforming our own garden into a beautiful, native-plant paradise―one that supports wildlife and pleases neighbors!

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April 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

NEW for 2022! Calling all neighbors! Pollinators, birds, and other wildlife face many challenges to their survival, and they need our help. The good news is that we can take simple steps to help them―right here, right now, right in our own gardens. In this outdoor workshop, Lauren Simpson introduces our pollinators and—using a local garden as a classroom—shares simple techniques for transforming our own garden into a beautiful, native-plant paradise―one that supports wildlife and pleases neighbors!

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April 23 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Gull ID has always been troublesome for birders, largely due to the variety of plumages that they show at different ages. Kevin Karlson and Pete Dunne’s book “Gulls Simplified” will change that. Kevin shares tips on gull ID starting with basic features of size, body shape, structure and general plumage patterns to form a solid ID foundation. Simplified aging terms and plumage descriptions are then shared without confusing ornithological terms, and comparative photos showing similar species together help you to…

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