This is the Chicago Audubon Society’s tenth biennial Birding America Conference. The conference consistently draws an enthusiastic audience of birders with a full range of birding skills and interests. The format consists of presentations by regional and national experts on key birding locales — local, continental and international. Also, skills development workshops on bird identification and other bird-related topics will be offered, as well as the opportunity to network with other birders and browse related exhibits.
The schedule is as follows:
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
“The Birder Effect: Birding, Science and Conservation.”
Breakout Presentations – Session #1, 10:15 a.m.
a) John Elliott – Birds and Nature of the Palos region Forest Preserves
b) David B. Johnson – Birding Bad in Albuquerque, New Mexico (Sandia Crest/Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge)
c) Josh Engel – Bustards and Bobotie: A Virtual Tour of South Africa
d) Geoffrey Williamson – Birding Basics: What you need to know
Breakout Presentations – Session #2, 11:15 a.m.
a) Vic Berardi – Hawkwatching in Northeastern Illinois
b) Fran Hardy – The Greater Kankakee Ecosystem
c) Craig Stettner – Costa Rican Conservation, Biodiversity and Birds
d) Stephen Packard, Steve Kelling and Judy Pollock – Monitoring for Local Bird Habitat Conservation
Lunch (12:15 p.m.) If you would like to order lunch for $12, please contact the Chicago Audubon Office by February 27th.
Breakout Presentations – Session #3, 1:00 p.m.
a) Walter Marcisz, Birding the Calumet Area
b) Al Batt – Northern Minnesota: Who are Sax and Zim, and why do they have a bog of owls?
c) Mary Lou Mellon – Colombia, S.A.: A four-wheel-drive birding adventure through the Colombian Andes
d) Ron Larkin – Migrating Birds in the Dark
Breakout Presentations – Session 4, 2:00 p.m.
a) Steven Byers: Building the case for Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge
b) Terri Fuller – Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
c) Steve Bailey – Birding Continental Ecuador
d) Julie Sacco – The 4 B’s: Birds, Bees, Butterflies and Bats
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