Courses for the Public

Shorebird ID

5 webinars

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Shorebird ID 1 – The most important things

This webinar will introduce the diversity of shorebirds and point out the best ways to get started identifying them. It will concentrate on the three most important clues you can use for ID: shape, size, and behavior. The focus will be on learning techniques you can use to identify shorebirds rather than emphasizing only key field marks for each species.

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Shorebird 1 Materials:

–Download the Basic Shorebird Diversity handout (PDF) to accompany Part 1. Right-click on the document when it opens and choose “save” or “save as” from the drop-down menu.

Download this worksheet to take notes next to webinar slide images for future reference.

–Optional: Download “Voices of Shorebirds” from our Macaulay Library ($4.99)

 

Shorebird ID 2: Other important cluesBlack-bellied Plover, Kevin McGowan

This webinar will explore additional shorebird identification methods beyond shape, size and behavior, including color pattern, markings, habitat, range, and calls. This webinar will concentrate on learning techniques to use in identifying shorebirds rather than pointing out key characteristic of particular species.

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Download this worksheet to take notes for each slide in the Shorebird ID 2 webinar.

 

Shorebird ID 3 – Introducing the sandpipers EDU-HSC-WEBINAR-SHOREBIRD2-1

This webinar covers the different species of sandpipers, focusing especially on the confusing little, stout “peeps” and the most common taller and thinner ones. This section is very detail oriented and will concentrate on pointing out key characteristics of every common North American sandpiper species in those groups.

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Download this worksheet to take notes for each slide in the Shorebird ID 3 webinar.


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Shorebird ID 4 – Snipes and small others

This webinar will focus on the snipes and dowitchers, phalaropes, turnstones, and the rest of the small sandpipers not covered in webinar 3. This section is very detail oriented and will concentrate on pointing out key characteristics of every common North American shorebird species in the groups covered.

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Download the handout for part four


 

Shorebird ID 5 – Plovers and big othersEDU-HSC-WEBINAR-SHOREBIRD3-1

This webinar will focus on the plovers and the rest of the shorebirds not covered in webinars 3 and 4, including curlews and godwits, stilts, and oystercatchers. This section is very detail oriented and will concentrate on pointing out key characteristics of every common North American shorebird species in the groups covered.

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Download the handout for part five