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Identifying Shorebirds Workshop

  • Fairfax High School 3501 Rebel Run Fairfax, VA, 22030 United States (map)

Dates: Thursday August 16, 2018; Saturday August 18, 2018

Locations: Fairfax High School, Fairfax, Virginia; Bombay Hook NWR, Smyrna, DE

Costs: $50/member; $60/non-member

Class Limit: 20 people

Class Description:

Identifying Shorebirds

Join Marc Ribaudo for an evening class and accompanying field trip that will cover Identifying Shorebirds.  The class is recommended for anyone who would like to tackle shorebird identification on their own.

We will spend an evening in the classroom covering identification tips for shorebirds that can typically be seen in our region.  Emphasis will be on shorebirds that pose the biggest identification challenges, such as peeps. 

On the Saturday following the class we will visit Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware to put into practice what we learned in class.  Bombay Hook is one of the top shorebird spots in the northeast and provides ample opportunities to view many species of shorebird in close proximity to each other.  We may also visit Port Mahon or Taylor’s Ditch, depending on tine and what is being seen at the time. 

Bring sunscreen and insect repellent since Bombay Hook is pretty buggy and be prepared for mosquitoes and green-head (biting) flies.  Also, bring a picnic lunch since lunch opportunities are limited in the area. 

A recommended book for this class is The Shorebird Guide by Michael O’Brien, Richard Crossley, and Kevin Karlson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006).  Sibley Guide to Birds by David Sibley (Knopf, 2014) is also a good basic field guide.

About the Instructor:

Marc Ribaudo has been birding since he was a teenager in New Jersey in the 1960’s.  He has a lot of field experience and is a regular trip leader for the Northern Virginia Bird Club and the Friends of Dyke Marsh.

Later Event: August 16
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