Saturday: 1:00 & 3:00 pm
Tips for Taking Good Photos – Bob Grubbs
Simply put, Bird photography is much harder than "Watching Birds". I will attempt to impart some tips on how to get those "Killer Shots".
Birding for Beginners – Katie Andersen
Ever feel overwhelmed aby bird identification? This workshop will focus on the fundamentals to help you become a better birder. From the basics of choosing and using binoculars and field guides, to useful tips and tricks for observing and identifying birds, you will learn how to improve your birding skills.
Waterfowl of Presque Isle – DCNR Education Specialists
Every year thousands of different types of waterfowl descend onto the waters of Presque Isle. Learn to identify these beautiful birds in flight and sitting stationary with a presentation and various mounts.
Creating Stopover Habitats – Susan A. Smith
Migratory birds need food-rich stopover sites with adequate shelter. Providing good resting and refueling stops for migrating birds will improve their chances for a successful migration. Your own backyard can be a habitat rich stopover for migration birds. Learn how to create a stopover habitat & how to ID visiting birds.
Shorebird ID – Mary Birdsong
Is that a least semipalmated sandpiper? A greater or lesser yellowlegs? A piping or snowy plover? Help is here! Learn some of the basic concepts of shorebird anatomy and behavior, what to look and listen for and ways to watch shorebirds to increase your skills and perhaps reduce your frustration.
Nature Sketching – Georgia Feild
BIOS FOR WORKSHOP LEADERS
Katie Andersen has been interested in birds since, birth. She holds a B.S. in Biology and studied neo-tropical ornithology as well as other research projects in Pennsylvania. Katie is the Store Naturalist at Wild Birds Unlimited.
Mary Birdsong is a seasonal shorebird monitor for Audubon PA, freelance writer and artist. She serves as Program Chair for PIAS.
Robert Grubbs is an award winning & published photographer, naturalist, lecturer & exhibitor. Bob has been photographing nature's beauty over 2 years. He has received awards for his photography in PA, NY, AZ & Canada, as well as an international award from the Nikon Corp. in Japan. Bob's work has been published in books, catalogs, calendars & greeting cards. Bob has also published two books: Presque Isle Naturally & Birds of Presque Isle. Both books contain images from Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA.
Susan A. Smith’s interest in birds ignited with her first Field Guide of the Birds of North America. It took her awhile to learn that she shouldn’t look for a Vermillion Flycatcher in Erie! She does birding programs, field trips and writes articles about birding.
What to Bring:
Be sure to bring comfortable shoes or boots for walking and any birding gear you desire. The average high temperature in Erie in May is 56 and temperatures at Presque Isle are often lower than on the mainland. Be prepared for cold & rainy weather. Presque Isle is home to deer ticks so you may want to bring insect repellent and plan to tuck your pants into your socks when using the trails on the park.
Map, Guide, Lodging:
For lodging information check out www.visiteriepa.com