Explore Science of Birding at Seminar

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Birders are invited to explore the science and value of birds in Southwest Florida and beyond at the third annual Southwest Florida Birding Seminar on Friday, Feb. 10th and Saturday, Feb. 11th.

The event, organized and sponsored by UF/IFAS Lee County Extension, Conservation 2020, and the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, will be at local birding hot spots and Florida SouthWestern State College. The seminar is designed for birders of all levels and interests.

Friday, Feb. 10th, activities are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include:

  • Photographing Birds instructional workshop at Harns Marsh in Lehigh Acres – Participants will learn beginners’ tips for photographing birds, including scouting for birds, anticipating behavior and recommended angles to tell a unique story through images.
  • San Carlos Bay – Bunche Beach Preserve bird-watching tour in Fort Myers – Participants join a Lee County Bird Patrol guide to explore the natural beach habitat at this Conservation 2020 preserve, which is critical to the survival of many shorebird species.

Two additional field trips planned at CREW Bird Rookery Swamp in Naples and a boat tour of Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve sold out during pre-registration.

Saturday, Feb. 11th, activities are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Florida SouthWestern State College and include presentations by nine expert speakers about birds, bird language and behavior and conservation efforts for rare bird species.

Speakers and topics include:

  • Kathryn E. Sieving, Ph.D., Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, University of Florida: “Listening to Bird Language: The Real Twitter-Feed!”
  • Andrea Pereyra, Biologist, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation: “Where to Go Birding in Florida.”
  • Gina Kent, Research Ecologist & Coordinator, Avian Research & Conservation Institute: “The Reddish Egret: Conservation Biology of One of Florida’s Rarest Birds.”
  • Adam Kent, Ornithologist, Florida Ornithological Society: “Florida’s Second Breeding Bird Atlas: Surprises and Insights.”
  • Kitty Tyler, UF/IFAS Master Gardener: Landscaping for Birds in “Your Personal Paradise: Tips for Attracting Birds to Your Yard.”
  • Kara Lefevre, Assistant Professor, Environmental Sciences, Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences, Florida Gulf Coast University: “Florida’s Role in the Hemispheric Tracking of Avian Movement Patterns.”
  • Kat Harris, Florida Shorebird Alliance Biologist, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: “Sharing the Beach with Florida’s Shorebirds and Seabirds.”
  • Adam DiNuovo, Shorebird Monitoring and Stewardship Project Manager, Audubon Florida: “Shorebird Monitoring and Stewardship in Southwest Florida.”
  • Steven Shattler, Coordinator, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: “Fire and Feathers: The Relationship of Wildland Fires and Birds.”

Registration is $35 for both days, which includes a catered lunch on Saturday. Participants must be registered for the seminar to attend field trips. To register, visit https://2017birdingseminar.eventbrite.com.

For more information, contact Jason Boeckman, Conservation 2020 Coordinator, at jboeckman@leegov.com, or 239-204-1125.

Photos by Jason Boeckman – Conservation 2020