Workshops – Saturday



Date/Time: Saturday, 9/24/16, 7:00-10:00 a.m. Workshop Leader: Jeff Bleam Description: Nature photography is arguably the hardest field of photography, even for those with years of experience. We will be heading into the field and I will work with you on how to set up your camera and give you feedback as we walk through the area sloughs taking photos. Meet at the Civic Plaza to carpool to field. Activity: Moderate Maximum number of participants: 7
Dates/Time: Saturday, 9/24/16, 7:30-11:30 a.m. Workshop Leader: David Jaffe Cost: $10 premium workshop Description: This seminar is designed for folks interested in exploring the veil of secrecy shrouding the LBBs (little brown birds). It will be generally geared toward beginners, although all are welcome. We will spend about an hour indoors, learning some natural history of sparrows, studying key ID features to help us differentiate birds in the field, and learning how to avoid confusing sparrows with similar birds. Then, we’ll head to the field to practice. Held at the Watsonville Civic Plaza followed by carpooling from lecture at Civic Plaza to field Activity: Moderate
Date/Time: Saturday, 9/24/16, 9:00-11:30, lunch break then 12:00-2:00 p.m. Workshop Leader: Carol Bennett Description: This workshop is designed to enhance your bird watching experience. The morning classroom session includes hands-on, step-by-step instruction, using various local bird specimens to study shape, proportion, color, and texture. After a one-hour lunch break, we’ll go to the wetlands for an afternoon of observation and sketching. What to Bring: Sketchpad, 6B soft pencil, colored pencils, sharpener, and eraser. For the afternoon at the wetlands, bring a folding chair, sun hat, and remember the binos! Held at Watsonville Wetlands Watch WERC located at 500 Harkins Slough Rd, Watsonville.
Date/Time: Saturday, 9/24/16, 1-2:30 p.m. Workshop Leader: Marilyn Rose Description: Thinking about buying your first pair of “real” binoculars or upgrading the ones you have? Considering taking the leap to buy a spotting scope? Learn all about binoculars and scopes, and how particular products perform in different birding situations. What’s more, try out a range of products to find out what feels right in your hands and to see the differences for yourself! Held at the Watsonville Civic Plaza.
Date/Time: Saturday, 9/24/16, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Workshop Leader: Scott Smithson Description: California’s first Common Cuckoo was discovered in the Watsonville Wetlands in 2012, and hundreds of birders quickly descended upon a little known patch of recently restored riparian habitat. Thousands of miles were driven or flown by birders in pursuit of the Old World cuckoo, generating a ~40 ton CO2 footprint. Join Scott Smithson, founder of The Green Big Day, as he illuminates the natural connection between birders and habitat restoration through a journey of discovering the ecological impact of his own birding trips. Imagine a future where the rarest bird sightings are coupled with carbon offsetting through support of nearby restoration projects. Learn how to calculate and mitigate the ecological cost of those impromptu mega-rarity birding trips! Attendance at this talk also provides unique access to one of the Monterey Bay’s most lovely and important marine research sites. Held at Moss Landing Marine Laboratory, 8272 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing.  
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