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
Join Marc Ribaudo for an evening class and accompanying field trip that will cover Identifying Shorebirds. The class is recommended for birders who would like to tackle shorebird identification on their own.
We will spend an evening in the classroom covering identification tips for shorebirds typically 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 shorebird species in close proximity to each other. We may also visit Port Mahon or Taylor’s Ditch, depending on time and what is being reported there that week.
Bring sunscreen and insect repellent, since Bombay Hook is pretty buggy. Be prepared for mosquitoes and green-head (biting) flies. Also, bring a picnic lunch, as 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 1960s. 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.