Shorebird Workshop Saturday September 27th Two More Spaces!


Shorebird Workshop Saturday September 27th
Date: September 27th 2014
Cost: $85 includes transportation
Limited to 5 participants!
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Shorebird migration is in full swing by the beginning of September. Plus large numbers of overwintering shorebirds start to congregate en masse preparing to spend the colder months of the Texas coast. The workshop is designed for participants wanting to gain familiarity with the regularly occurring shorebirds on the Texas coast, including gulls and terns, in order to prepare for the busy fall and winter season. We will spend extensive time teasing apart wintering shorebirds, learning about finer points of identification, and studying how overall appearance, behavior, and shape can help nail down a tricky shorebird. Come learn about sandpipers, plovers, yellowlegs, dowitchers, gulls and terns, some of the most challenging, but also rewarding birds.

The workshop is mainly field based, but participants will receive a list and basic field guide to the birds we will encounter. We will cover the shorebird hotspots of Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula, the order will depend on local conditions and tide, but we will spend time at North Jetty, Bolivar Flats, Frenchtown Rd., Ft. Travis, Rollover Pass all on the Bolivar Peninsula. On Galveston Island we will visit East Beach. We can expect to see nearly thirty species of shorebirds and possibilities include: Black-bellied Plover, American Golden-Plover, Snowy Plover, Wilson’s Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Piping Plover, Killdeer, American Oystercatcher, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Lesser Yellowlegs, Upland Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Sanderling, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Baird’s Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Dunlin, Stilt Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson’s Snipe, Wilson’s Phalarope. We will also be able to study a variety of gulls and terns and possibilities include: Bonaparte’s Gull, Laughing Gull, Franklin’s Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Black Tern, Common Tern, Forster’s Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern.
I hope you can join me for this full day adventure, improve your shorebird identification, learn about some shorebird hotspots, and enjoy a great day in the field.
Stephan Lorenz


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