Locating and identifying birds is no easy task. How do you find fun and sought-after birds? How do you know what species of bird is in front of you or what kind of bird is calling? How can you document an unidentifiable bird so you can look it up later?
In this immersion, Sharon Stiteler—popularly known as the “Birdchick”— will answer these questions and share a beak’s full of “techno-birding” skills, all of which require no more than a smartphone. And while technology will enhance your bird-watching, this hands-on experience will also have you immersed in nature and enjoying the sights and sounds of Indigo Buntings, Osprey, Baltimore Orioles, and all the species a Minnesota summer has to offer.
In the morning, we will travel by bus to Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area (Cottage Grove) where you will observe and document a variety of birds using your smartphone. A mid-day presentation will help to optimize your techno birding skills, which you will practice during an afternoon outing to the Carpenter Nature Center (Hastings).
From using your smartphone’s spotting scope to take print-quality images, to validating that yes indeed, that robin’s song is signaling a predator is nearby, you’ll learn to use both your senses and technology to make the most of every birding excursion.
Required: Smartphone or tablet.
You will be walking and standing a great deal, so please dress for comfort. Tuition includes transportation, meals, and refreshments. Itinerary subject to change.
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Sharon “Birdchick” Stiteler works as a National Park Ranger for the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and travels the world as a consultant, field trip leader, keynote speaker, bird field technician, and bird-bander. A frequent consultant for the media, including Outdoor News Radio, All Things Considered, and NBC Nightly News, Stiteler is the author of Disapproving Rabbits (Harper, 2007) and City Birds/Country Birds (Adventure Publications, 2008).