Leaders: Nick Bartok, P. Biol. and Kent Russell, P. Biol.
Both novice and experienced birders will benefit from this workshop which focuses on bird identification. Participants will learn basic bird identification techniques for a wide variety of species found in southern Alberta and the new age apps for bird ID, documentation, and records.
Dates and times:
Friday June 7: Classroom session from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday June 8: Field Trip from 5:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (latest)
Locations: The classroom session will be held at the Sawridge Hotel (Best Western)
Field Trip will begin at the Sawridge Hotel (Best Western) 410 TaigaNova Crescent, Fort McMurray, AB T9K 0T4. Field trip includes visit to local Fort McMurray birding hotspots as well as get an opportunity to watch and learn the process of catching and banding birds with Owl Moon Environmental.
Classroom Session: Dinner will be provided. Pen and notebook required. A series of slides will be used to introduce bird identification.
Food: Please bring your own snacks, lunch, and fluids for the field trip. There will NOT be opportunities to purchase food throughout the day.
What to Wear: We will be going on the field trip rain or shine so bring clothes that can protect you from rain, sun, and wind. We will be walking on trails for several kilometres at each location so make sure your footwear is appropriate for dealing with puddles, wet grass, mud, etc. Rubber boots are not necessary.
What to Bring: Everyone should bring binoculars and a notebook. If you have access to a spotting scope and a field guide, please bring them too. We recommend bringing sunscreen and bug repellent.
Lead Presenter Biography:
Nick Bartok: Nick has worked on many avian projects across North America, including: secretive marsh bird surveys along the Lower Colorado River of southwest Arizona, Burrowing Owl research at the Salton Sea in Southern California, and bird banding in Ontario, Arizona, Oregon, California, British Columbia, Costa Rica, and Belize. Currently, he is working for Western EcoSystems Technology, based in Calgary, as a wildlife biologist / team lead.
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