All lectures cost $10

Shorebird Identification Basics

Saturday, 10:15am - 11:15am

Lecturer: Scott Morrison

Shorebird identification can be tricky. With the help of experienced birders, you will become familiar with the more common shorebirds so that you can identify them in the field. You are encouraged to follow up this lecture with the "Shorebirds for Beginners" Saturday field trip to Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge or the free guided walk on Sunday.

Ruddy Turnstone Photo by John Whitehead

Bring Back the Bees

Saturday, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Lecturer: Jim Ullrich

The presentation covers the development of a backyard sanctuary for our bees and birds, including the interesting relationship of our Orchard Mason Bees and our backyard birds. This non-aggressive pollinator is native to our area, and is extensively studied by WSU and area master gardener organizations.

Semi-Palmated Plover Photo by John Whitehead

Coastal Raptors: A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two on the Beach

Sunday, 2pm - 3pm

Lecturer: Dr. Dan Varland

Founder and Executive Director of Coastal Raptors

Dan Varland, founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Coastal Raptors, will provide a presentation on raptor banding research on the Washington coast. During his 22 years of research, Dan and a host of volunteers have captured and banded more than 300 raptors of eight species, including 240 Peregrine Falcons and 32 Bald Eagles. Once in hand, in addition to banding, blood and feather samples are taken to assess contaminant levels and disease exposure. There have been more than 1,000 resightings of the marked birds, from Seward, Alaska south to the Salton Sea in California. Dan will share how and why birds are banded, how to report a banded bird, findings from the research, and the value of banding to research and conservation.

Western Sandpiper Photo by Tom Rowley