All lectures cost $10
Shorebird Identification Basics
Saturday, 10:15am - 11:15am
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.
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.
Coastal Raptors: A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two on the Beach
Sunday, 2pm - 3pm
Lecturer: Dr. Dan Varland
Founder and Executive Director of Coastal Raptors
Dan Varland, founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Coastal Raptors, will provide a presentation on raptor banding research on the Washington coast. During his 22 years of research, Dan and a host of volunteers have captured and banded more than 300 raptors of eight species, including 240 Peregrine Falcons and 32 Bald Eagles. Once in hand, in addition to banding, blood and feather samples are taken to assess contaminant levels and disease exposure. There have been more than 1,000 resightings of the marked birds, from Seward, Alaska south to the Salton Sea in California. Dan will share how and why birds are banded, how to report a banded bird, findings from the research, and the value of banding to research and conservation.