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Gull Weekend Workshop with Todd Easterla and John Sterling

 

Are you terrified of gulls?  Let us help you gain confidence in identifying most typical individual gulls.

NEW DATES 22-23 February.
  Saturday in Sacramento/Davis area and Sunday in Sonoma County. Cost is $150.  You will receive a CD with the powerpoint lectures for the class.

The class will conclude at 4 pm on Sunday.

This workshop is intended to take the mystery out of gull identification.  We will discuss how to age gulls for all typical species in California as well as discuss the status, distribution and identification of the rare gulls.  We'll hopefully see some of these rare species too.  During previous classes we've found Slaty-backed, Vega, Iceland, and Glaucous gulls among all of the normally-occurring wintering species.  Maybe we'll see a few of these and possibly other rarities.

We will have two powerpoint lectures on Saturday in Rancho Cordova coupled with field trips at Nimbus Fish Hatchery and the Davis Landfill area in order to get close and personal with as many species as possible.  On Sunday, we'll spend the entire day in Sonoma County starting in Petaluma, then heading to Bodega Bay and finishing up at the mouth of the Russian River at Jenner.  The goal is create confidence in identifying and aging most individual gulls.

To register for the class send a check for $150 made payable to John Sterling to me at: 26 Palm Ave, Woodland, CA 95695.  For answers to your questions you can email John at jsterling@wavecable.com or call him at 503 908-3836

lesser black backed gull
                         Adult Lesser Black-backed Gull with two California Gulls


Shorebird Weekend Workshop with Todd Easterla and John Sterling

Are you terrified of shorebirds?  Let us help you gain confidence in identifying North American and Asian shorebirds that have or could occur in California.

Dates: Sept 7 and 8th.
  Saturday in Sacramento/Davis area and Sunday in the Bay Area--locations to be determined by scouting on prior days. Cost is $150.  You will receive a CD with the powerpoint lectures for the class.

The class will begin on Saturday at 8 am at Sterling's house (26 Palm Ave, Woodland, CA) and will conclude each day at 5 pm.  We will start at 8 am on Sunday at a location in the Bay Area that will be determined based upon scouting the previous Friday.

This workshop is intended to take the mystery out of shorebird identification.  We will discuss how to age shorebirds as well as discuss the status, distribution and identification of the rare Asian species.  We'll hopefully see some of these rare ones too.  Todd and I will be scouting the region for rare species in the days before the workshop that we hope to  share with the class on the field trips.

We will have a powerpoint lecture on Saturday at 8 am in Woodland (26 Palm Ave) coupled with a field trip to the Davis area in order to get close and personal with as many species as possible.  On Sunday, we'll spend the entire day in the Bay Area.  We will start each day at 8 am and finish around 5 pm.  The goal is create confidence in identifying and aging individual shorebirds.  Bring a scope!

To register for the class send a check for $150 made payable to John Sterling to me at: 26 Palm Ave, Woodland, CA 95695.  For answers to your questions you can email John at jsterling@wavecable.com or call him at 503 908-3836
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Juvenile peeps, one Semipalmated and four Westerns
 

 

Raptor Weekend Workshop with John Sterling

 dates to be determined.  Saturday in Sacramento/Davis area and Sunday in eastern San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. 
Cost is $150.  You will receive a CD with the powerpoint lectures for the class.

The class will conclude at 5 pm on Sunday.

This workshop is intended to take the mystery out of raptor identification.  We will not only discuss adult vs. juvenile plumages, but we will also discuss the rare species that have occurred in California. 

We will have slide lectures on Saturday coupled with field trips in order to get close and personal with as many species as possible.  What fun!  The goal is create confidence in identifying and aging individual raptors.

To register for the class send a check for $150 made payable to John Sterling to me at: 26 Palm Ave, Woodland, CA 95695.  For answers to your questions you can email John at jsterling@wavecable.com or call him at 503 908-3836

ferruginous hawkFerruginous Hawk


Beginning and Intermediate/Advanced Birding Classes with John Sterling

Where: Explorit Center at 3141 5th Street in Davis, California

Beginning Birding Dates to be announced.  Cost is $175 ($25 of which goes to the YBF). 

Intended for the birding novice, this course offers an introduction to birding basics, including discussion of optical equipment, books and online sources of information, identification of backyard and other common birds, and an overview of basic habitats in the region and common birds that inhabit them.  We will focus on developing identification skills, including learning how to use field guides and binoculars effectively.  Lectures will be illustrated with photographs and enhanced with workshop activities. 

Optional Sunday field trips will be offered @ $40 per field trip; minimum is 5 and maximum is 10 participants per trip; transportation by carpooling.  Field trips will focus on species discussed during previous lectures.  Sign up for field trips during classes.

To register for the class send a check for $175 made payable to John Sterling to me at: 26 Palm Ave, Woodland, CA 95695.  Be sure to indicate the class you want to take.  For answers to your questions you can email John at jsterling@wavecable.com or call him at 503 908-3836

 



Western Tanager


Violet-green Swallow

Intermediate/Advanced Birding

Dates to be announced. Cost is $175 ($25 of which goes to the YBF).  

A course for experienced birders who seek to refine their birding skills to tackle harder to identify groups of birds.  This is not a course for beginners but for those who have well-developed field skills and are familiar with the common birds in the area.  We will review the current literature, including field guides and identification articles.   Going beyond field marks, we will also review status, distribution and habitat preferences, as well as behavioral cues that provide a better understanding of these birds.   Lectures will be illustrated with photographs. 

Optional Sunday field trips will be offered @ $40 per field trip; minimum is 5 and maximum is 10 participants per trip; transportation by carpooling.  Field trips will focus on species discussed during previous lectures.  Sign up for field trips during classes.

To register for a class send a check for $175 made payable to John Sterling to me at: 26 Palm Ave, Woodland, CA 95695.  Be sure to indicate the class you want to take.  For answers to your questions you can email John at jsterling@wavecable.com or call him at 503 908-3836

John Sterling is a lifelong birder and professional ornithologist who lives in Woodland.  He possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of California birds, developed over nearly four decades worth of extensive travel and study throughout the state.  John is currently writing a book on the status and distribution of the birds of California.  He serves as the President of the Central Valley Bird Club and is a past member of the California Bird Records Committee.

His website for California Birding is www.sterlingbirds.com and his wildlife photographs are on www.sterlingbirds.smugmug.com.

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  John in Antarctica, January 2010
To register for a class send a check for $175 made payable to John Sterling to me at:  26 Palm Ave, Woodland, CA 95695.  Be sure to indicate the class you want to take.  For answers to your questions you can email John at jsterling@wavecable.com or call him at 503 908-3836