Saturday: 1:00 & 3:00 pm
Festival 2019 Workshops
Turkey Vultures – Emily Pritchard
A familiar sight in the sky over much of North America is the dark, long-winged form of the Turkey Vulture, soaring high over the landscape. Discover fascinating facts of this often-underappreciated bird of prey!
Birding for Beginners – Katie Andersen
Ever feel overwhelmed by 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.
Seated Yoga for Birders – Shannon Thompson
Warbler Neck? Release and relax muscle tension, improve neck, shoulder and back mobility while improving mental clarity and focus with a 30 minute gentle Yoga class led by Shannon Thompson, RYT 200. No special attire or equipment required.
Shorebird ID – Mary Birdsong
Is that a Least or 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.
Spring Migration and Bird ID – Susan A. Smith
Spring migration is the spectacle of the birds journeying to their summer habitats where they sing romantic bird songs and perform spectacular staging and courtship displays. Learn about and see close-up images of a variety of these migrants in their breeding plum- age a well as tips to attract them to your habitat.
Technology for Birding – Jared McGary
There are very few hobbies out there that modern technology has not yet touched and birding is no exception. During our workshop we will cover the use of Apps (Audubon, eBird), taking cell phone pictures, and using a GPS to mark great birding locations.
What to Bring:
*You are advised to bring boots to the festival since we may have very wet and muddy trails.
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
The mission of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center Foundation is to forge a partnership between the private sector and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) and Presque Isle in order to enhance educational programming, research, and visitor experience at the highest level.