Re: [CVBirds] 16th Annual Central Valley Birding Symposium

Denise and David Hamilton

Hi all,

We were excited to see that Carlos Bethancourt will be the speaker on Saturday. This past May, we went to Panama with John Sterling and Carlos was our Panama guide the whole time we were there. Besides being an incredible birder, he is a very gracious person. He loves his country and its birds! We know everyone will enjoy his talk and his amazing pictures. (He will be very happy if you can show him some life birds when he is here!)

Denise and David Hamilton

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Sent: Monday, September 24, 2012 9:55 AM
Subject: [CVBirds] 16th Annual Central Valley Birding Symposium

The Central Valley Bird Club will be hosting the Sixteenth Annual Central Valley Birding Symposium Nov. 15-18, 2012 at the Stockton Hilton Hotel in Stockton, CA. Please come and help us kick off this year's CVBS! Come meet the CVBS board & staff members! Reconnect with old friends! Meet new ones! Take advantage of the scrumptious Hors D'oeuvres buffet & No Host Bar on Thursday night.

Thursday Night's Keynote speaker is Ed Harper presenting a program on "Appreciating the Birds of the Central Valley". Come sit back and watch as Ed takes us on a photographic journey to catch a glimpse of the avian world of the Central Valley.

Friday Night's keynote program is presented by Sophie Webb on "Seabirds & Marine Mammals of the Tropical Eastern Pacific." Sophie has spent countless hours on research vessels over the deep seas all over the world, including the chartered waters off the west coast of North America. She will give us a wonderful glimpse into the natural history of the fascinating birds and mammals she has encountered in this Region.

Saturday Night's keynote program is by Carlos Bethancourt on "The Natural Splendor of Panam!" Join the knowledgeable and entertaining head guide of the Canopy Tower, Carlos Bethancourt, on a photographic journey across Central Panama, where myriad tropical birds, bizarre mammals and unusual reptiles and amphibians are seen in their natural setting! From Toucans to hummingbirds, Mouse Opossums to tongue-wielding Orange Nectar Bats, Carlos will keep you spellbound with his stories of discovery and vivid images. Come experience why Panam is indeed the country of Natural Splendor!

Other workshops include: "Century of Field ID" by Joe Morlan, a "Bird ID Workshop" by Jon Dunn, and 2 photo workshops by Bob Steele & Ron LeValley. Also programs by Paul Baicich & John Robinson.

Our field trips always turn up exciting birds. Add in the always entertaining and educational Bird ID Panel, the wonderful display of art and gifts for yourself or others at the Birder's Market and the camaraderie of hundreds of like-minded folks, and you know you'll have a good time! There's something for everyone interested in birds. Come and join us to bird, learn, and just have fun!

To look over the line-up of speakers, workshops, and fieldtrips. Check out our website at:

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CVBS Steering Committee


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