Lectures

All lectures cost $10


Shorebird Identification Basics

Saturday, 10:30am - 11:30am

Lecturer: Scott Morrison

Shorebird identification can be tricky. With the help of experienced birders, you will become familiar with the more common shorebirds so that you can identify them in the field. You are encouraged to follow up this lecture with the "Shorebirds for Beginners" Saturday field trip to Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge or the free guided walk on Sunday.

Ruddy Turnstone Photo by John Whitehead


Bring Back the Bees

Saturday, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Lecturer: Jim Ullrich

The presentation covers the development of a backyard sanctuary for our bees and birds, including the interesting relationship of our Orchard Mason Bees and our backyard birds. This non-aggressive pollinator is native to our area, and is extensively studied by WSU and area master gardener organizations.

Semi-Palmated Plover Photo by John Whitehead


Coastal Raptors: Get to Know the Raptors

Sunday, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Lecturer: Dr. Dan Varland

Founder and Executive Director of Coastal Raptors

Dan Varland is the Executive Director of Coastal Raptors. Dan loves to share his knowledge and passion for raptors with the public. In his lecture and slide show, Dan will introduce you to the various birds of prey native to western Washington, discuss their natural history and explain how to identify each species of falcon, hawk and eagle. Dan will draw from his extensive collection of gorgeous raptor photos to point out field marks and wing shapes helpful in identification. His presentation is suitable for all ages of beginning and intermediate level bird enthusiasts. Owl identification will not be covered in the program. If you’ve ever wondered what type of hawk you saw scaring off the birds at your feeder, soaring overhead or peering into a field from a power line, this is your chance to find out.

Western Sandpiper Photo by Tom Rowley