2017 TALKS and WORKSHOPS
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
with Laura Erickson - Thursday 7:00pm
Laura served as a federal- and state-licensed wildlife rehabilitator for over a decade, and became fascinated with how wild birds deal with temporary captivity. Pileated Woodpeckers use their tongues to probe crevices—the young one Laura raised spent a lot of time probing her ear with his tongue. Soras hugged the edges of her living room, hiding between draperies or furniture and the wall and never coming out into the open. Warblers had to be kept in the dark during migration—if someone turned a light on in a room with warblers, they’d immediately take off, flying directly toward it, providing some insight into their high mortality at lighted buildings during nocturnal migration. Laura has hilarious, heartbreaking, and uplifting stories about these encounters.
Small-headed Flycatcher, Seen Yesterday. He didn't leave his name.
with Pete Dunne - Friday 7:00pm
Pete Dunne's classic birding whodunneit about the alleged rediscovery of a bird independently discovered by both John James Audubon and Alexander Wilson that was a source of acrimony between these pillars of American ornithology. Holding listeners in a state of uncertainty right to the tale's end, Small-headed Flycatcher engages and entertains birding and nonbirding audiences alike. Ted Floyd, Editor of Birding calls the story: "fantastical...and some of the best and purest, American nature writing I can think of."
with Luke Seitz
Stay tuned for more information about Luke's talk, still yet to be determined.
Birding By Ear
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.
eBird: Introduction and Tutorial
with Doug Hitchcox - Friday 11:00-noon
The eBird website (ebird.org) is an increasingly popular website for birders to keep their personal records, access information about recent sightings, plan birding trips, and ask questions about bird occurrence. Come learn why so many people love eBird and how you can start using it too, or use it more effectively, to get the most out of it. Free and open to everyone, from casual birders to scientists and conservationists, the eBird database includes more than 110 million observations and collects millions more each month.
Break into Birding with Pete Dunne
with Pete Dunne - Friday 1:30pm
This short, synoptic overview of birding is designed to offer beginning birders a concise, practical but comprehensive summary of the basics of bird watching-all you need to know to get out and enjoy the birds that enliven our lives. Specific subjects to be covered include binocular purchase and use; getting the most out of field guides; bird identification dos and don'ts; field trip etiquit and learning to love the Taxonomic Order (the organization of birds in your field guide and regional check list). Also discussed will be birding destinations, seasonality and travel tips. Course has both an indoor and outdoor segment. Bring your binoculars and field guide.
Seabird ID Workshop
Ever get frustrated trying to identify those fast moving, far away pelagic seabirds on a rocking boat? Join us 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 about identifying pelagic species.
The Art of Pishing with Pete Dunne
This workshop strives to impart the arcane are of pishing (def: mimicking the scolding calls of birds to entice them to approach you). Join the man who literally wrote the book on the subject and learn how to wheeze, whistle shhhsh, chip and warble you way to spiritual enlightenment and a few had to get birds. It's hygenic, hysterical and guarantees nothing but an enjoyable session.
Photography with Kevin Loughlin
(Classroom & Field Trip)
with Kevin Loughlin (Wildside Nature Tours)
Sat 2:00-4:00pm & Sun 7:00-10:00am
Part 1: Classroom Photo Workshop
Do you enjoy taking photos of birds and the natural world? Are you often disappointed with how your photos turn out, but can't figure out what went wrong? Join professional nature photographer and tour leader, Kevin Loughlin, for a fun and informative "Basics of Digital Nature Photography Workshop." Learn simple techniques to improve your photography. Explore the major elements that make a photograph a wall-hanger rather than a trash liner. Discover helpful tricks, through classroom instruction and a presentation that will excite and inspire any budding photographer!
Part 2: Field Photography Trip to Thuya Garden
"Hands-on" is the best way to learn. Practice, practice, practice is how you get better! This fun field trip with professional nature photographer and tour leader, Kevin Loughlin, will expand upon what was learned in the previous day's classroom session and allow budding photographers to practice professional techniques in the local hotspots. Kevin will be available to participants, sharing his knowledge and offering immediate feedback to questions and needs to help boost your skills to the next level! (NOTE: Requires previous day classroom attendance)
Movie: The Messenger
THE MESSENGER is an artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the compassionate people who are working to turn the tide. The film takes viewers on a visually stunning journey revealing how the problems facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet and ourselves. A MUST SEE!
Smart Phone Birding
Smart phones have changed birding. You can take out multiple field guides, get real time bird reports and take incredible photos and videos of your favorite birds. This program gives you the latest information on how to maximize your phone for birding. After learning the techniques, the group will go out and put them into practice.