Saturday: 1:00 & 3:00 pm
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS *For bios on presenters click here*
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.
Waterfowl of Presque Isle by Pontoon — DCNR Education Staff
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.
Drawing Naturally — Georgia Feild
Enjoy drawing more by solving some persistent problems in observation. Pencils and Paper provided or bring your favorite 2-D medium if you have it (pencils, charcoal, conte crayon, pen and ink, pastels, watercolor). Learn perspective and drawing techniques that enhance observation skills. After a short demonstration covering basic drawing theory and technique, students will work on a personal drawing with individual instruction. Subject matter is your choice. Use beautiful Presque Isle as inspiration, or bring photos. Every artist has a unique technical problem they wish to address. Hopefully, after this workshop students will go into the woods and sketch with confidence.
Spring Migration and Bird ID — Susan A. Smith
Spring migration is the spectacle of birds journeying to their summer habitats where they sing romantic birds songs and perform spectacular staging and courtship displays. Learn about and see close-up images of a variety of these migrants in their breeding plumage as well as tips to attract them to your habitat.
Yoga for Birders' Necks — Shannon Thompson
Gentle Seated Yoga- 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 lead by Shannon Thompson, RYT 200. No special attire or equipment required.
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