TALKS and WORKSHOPS
Please check back later..... we are still working on all the talks and workshops for 2015
Forecasting Fallouts and Studying SNOWstorms
with David La Puma - Thursday 7:00pm
Our observational relationship with birds goes back to prehistoric times, yet in this most recent century we have made technological leaps forward that allow us to visualize birds in ways never before possible. From turning on the lights to nocturnal migration via radar technology, to the miniaturization of tracking devices that we can put on individual birds, our understanding of migration is growing exponentially each year. These abilities have led to both a wealth of new knowledge, as well as many new questions. Join the director of the Cape May Bird Observatory, David La Puma, as he demonstrates how radar technology can be used to study habitat use by migrant songbirds, and how advances in remote transmitters can tell us about the behavior of Snowy Owls.
Birding By Ear
with Bob Duchesne - Thursday 4:30-5:30pm
Kick off the festival with this special workshop to help you learn all those confusing songs eminating from the forest. It can be frustrating when you can't see those birds singing high in the trees or just out of sight in the dense thicket. Just six simple tips will help you organize what you are hearing and demystify birding-by-ear. The program trains you to take advantage of bird song information you already know. The presentation will focus on bird sounds that are commonly heard in Maine, but the principles are useful anywhere.
Seabird ID workshop
with Louis Bevier - Friday afternoon
Ever get frustrated trying to identify those fast moving, far away pelagic seabirds on a rocking boat? Join Louis Bevier to learn techniques on how to improve your skills so you too can be the first to spot and id a jaegar, or shearwater, maybe even a fulmar, and tell the difference between razorbills and murres, and Wilson's and Leach's Storm-petrel as they dance across the water. If you are scheduled to be aboard the pelagic seabird boat trip Saturday morning, this talk is sure to make your experience that much more enjoyable. Whether you are a beginner, or already experienced seabirder, you're sure to take home some new information from Louis, whose id skills are exceptional.
The Dozen Most Important Things You Can Do For Birds, Bird Conservation, and Birding
with Paul Baicich - Saturday afternoon
Doomsday predictions and personal self-denial are not necessarily the best approaches to addressing bird-oriented issues. To help birds you are not required to slash your wrists. In this talk, Paul Baicich will identify the five most serious threats to birds today and then outline the dozen modest - but highly effective - things we can all do that will help birds, their habitats, and, ultimately, their future... as well as our own. This is a positive approach to our future, to real things that all of us can do.