Eastern Warblers – February 3, 2022 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm • $20.00

Radisson Resort at the Port, 8701 Astronaut Boulevard, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920

 

Kevin Karlson (Kevin T. Karlson Photography) This interactive workshop covers Eastern warblers, with fall and immature plumages included. Each species appears in digital photo arrays that show most of the plumage possibilities in one view—breeding male/female, non-breeding, and immature, and this comparison helps with retention of important ID points. Key ID points appear as text on many images, which allows the audience to read these tips while Kevin is speaking. Similar species also appear together in digital arrays to enable direct comparison of their differences. Most photos are from Kevin’s popular “Warblers of North America” laminated foldout guide. Quiz photos at the end of the program will test and reinforce your power of retention.

Raptors – February 3, 2022 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm • $20

Radisson Resort at the Port, 8701 Astronaut Boulevard, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920

Sparrows – February 4, 2022 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm • $20

Radisson Resort at the Port, 8701 Astronaut Boulevard, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920; Jamaica Room

Adam Kent (Florida Ornithological Society) This workshop introduces the basics for identification of inland sparrows of the eastern U.S. Even though North American sparrows lack the bright colors of many warblers, sparrows’ distinctive shapes, interesting behaviors and subtly beautiful patterns can allow you to identify them with only a quick glance. Sure, sparrows with their often-secretive behaviors can present identification challenges. The trick is being prepared. Once you understand the basics of the combination of shapes, behaviors and patterns, you too can do away with the term “Little Brown Job.” You may even find yourself saying you are going “sparrowing” instead of birding this winter. This is a great opportunity to get your sparrow fix for the day.

Gulls – February 4, 2022 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm • $20

Radisson Resort at the Port, 8701 Astronaut Boulevard, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920; Jamaica Room

Amar Ayyash (www.anythinglarus.com) Often approached with apprehension, gulls have gained a love-hate relationship with many birders. Among these larids are some of the most coveted bird species in the world, but recent genetic data and frequent hybridization in this family compel us to reassess the very concept of a species. Amar will touch on these topics as he highlights key identification field marks for separating our winter gull species. He will also touch on some of the often-ignored topics in gull-study such as the aging process and molt. Come learn why an increasing number of people are being drawn to this family of birds and are eagerly calling themselves “larophiles”.

Shorebirds – February 5, 2022 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm • $20

Radisson Resort at the Port, 8701 Astronaut Boulevard, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920

Kevin Karlson (Kevin T. Karlson Photography)

Shorebirds Simplified: A Different Approach to Field ID Class – This indoor workshop helps to remove confusion that exists with field identification of shorebirds. Formerly a difficult task reserved for experts, shorebird ID becomes easier for all levels of birders if a relatively simple approach is taken. Starting with non-changeable features of general size, structure and behavior, a simple yet accurate first impression is formed. This is the foundation for then applying feather details and plumage patterns to reach a more complete ID picture. This program is suitable for birders of all skill levels, but we will keep the ID premise simple for casual birders. Comparative photo arrays of similar species will help with recognition of subtle differences in structure and plumage. Kevin is one of the authors of the bestselling book The Shorebird Guide, and has published a laminated foldout guide “Shorebirds of North America.” A short quiz at the end of the program will test your powers of retention, with photos that range from easy to challenging.