Saturday: 1:00 & 3:00 pm
Festival 2020 Workshops
WORKSHOPS: LEADERS AND DESCRIPTIONS - 2020
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.
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.
Bird Song Mnemonics - Liz McQuaid
Trying to remember all the songs of the birds can be tough. Using Mnemonics, many birders learn that some birds say their names, like Chickadees, and Killdeer, but some say other fun things. Liz will try to help you learn some ways of remembering the songs using her favorite Mnemonics.
Birds and Climate Change - Greg Czarnecki
Climate change is altering weather patterns, the timing of our seasons, and increasing severe weather across the Commonwealth. These changes are affecting Pennsylvania’s plants and animals, and the impacts are expected to intensify significantly in the coming years. This presentation will look at those impacts with a special emphasis on birds and
Uncovering the Secrets of Purple Martin Migration - Joe Siegrist
Work by the Purple Martin Conservation Association (PMCA) along with our international colleagues has greatly expanded understanding of songbird migration and overwintering ecology in the last decade. From extensive leg banding studies, to light level geolocators, to GPS dataloggers, and now the incorporation of an automated telemetry network; we are truly experiencing a golden age of biologging. However, these advancements are only part of the toolkit. The power of citizen science coupled with social media makes the impossible possible. This presentation will summarize the PMCA’s efforts to identify and conserve overwintering Purple Martin (Progne subis) habitat in the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil and our hunt for a massive roost of hundreds of thousands of Purple Martins that had unexpectedly disappeared.
Birds’ Nests - Brittanie Smith
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