Western Field Ornithologists Conference: Petaluma, CA September 26-30

David Quady and Nancy Boas

Bay area (extended) birders:

Late September in northern California is the peak of pelagic birding, ideal for finding rare songbirds, and a great time to see an excellent variety of shorebirds. The conference will have field trips focusing on all these and more. Shearwater Journeys offers four pelagic trips at discounted rates for conference registrants, including an exclusive Photographer's Pelagic for only six participants.

The conference also offers a rich combination of science sessions and workshops to improve your field skills. We offer ID workshops on shorebirds with Al Jaramillo, pelagic birds with Jim Danzenbaker and Scott Terrill, and raptors with Homer Hansen and Allen Fish. Peter Pyle will show how understanding molt can enhance your time in the field, Keith Hansen will teach new ways of looking birds as you learn to make field sketches, and Richard Vacha will help you identify tracks of birds and other wildlife.

To register and see full details go to <http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/> and click on the 'Annual Conference' banner in the middle of the page.

You will probably want to download the Conference Details and Conference Planner documents to review before you begin registration.

Some of the most popular events have already filled, a reminder that EARLY REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL to get the field trips and workshops you want.

I hope to see you in Petaluma; meanwhile, please forgive cross-postings.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California

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