17th Annual Central Valley Birding Symposium
Thursday-Sunday, November 21-24, 2013
The Central Valley Bird Club will be hosting the Central Valley Birding Symposium at the Stockton Hilton Hotel, in Stockton, CA.
Please come and help us kick off this year's CVBS! Come meet the CVBS board & staff members! Reconnect with old friends and meet new ones! Take advantage of the delicious hors d'oeuvres buffet & No Host Bar on Thursday night.
This year the Thursday night keynote is double-Ed, with speakers Ed and Ed (Harper and Pandolfino) discussing trends in bird populations in the Central Valley.
Friday night's keynote program is by Kimball Garrett on Avian Invaders in California. Few areas of North America are as prone to the release and establishment of non-native bird species as California. Whether introduced purposefully or by accident, these avian immigrants include some of our most familiar bird species (think House Sparrow, European Starling and Rock Pigeon), a whole suite of additional species whose status is ever-changing, and a seemingly never-ending parade of escapees that send us running for our foreign field guides when we encounter them.
Don’t miss the Saturday night keynote program “Birds of the Sierra Nevada” with Ted Beedy, Ed Pandolfino, and Keith Hansen! Ted, Ed, and Keith will take you on a virtual transect of the range from the oak savanna in the west, through serene conifer forests of the west side, up into the majestic alpine regions, and down the steep eastern escarpment to the pinyon/juniper woodlands and open steppes of the Great Basin. See and hear the stunning diversity of birds that make the Sierra their home and learn which birds are in decline and which are expanding and increasing.
Also on Saturday, Susan Schneider will present a fascinating program “No Birdbrains Here: The Latest on Learning Instinct and Intelligence in Birds”, exploring bird learning and intelligence, from everyday foraging, to learning through observing, to tool use. Dawn Garcia will share data about the secretive Northern Saw-Whet Owls in her program, “Migration Patterns of Northern Saw-Whet Owls near Forest Ranch, CA”. Join Andy Engilis for an up close look at Central Valley birds at his specimen workshop.
Hands on events include Bob Steele’s workshop for photographers, bird sketching with artist Keith Hansen, a carving seminar for beginners with Jim Burcio, and Beginning Birding with Jim Gain. Don’t miss “Seeing Rare Birds in California: Why our state list is the largest in the US at 652 species and you can help find more” by Joe Morlan and a Flycatcher ID Workshop with Jon Dunn.
Our field trips always turn up exciting birds. Add in the always entertaining and educational Bird ID Panel, the wonderful display of art and gifts for yourself or others at the Birder's Market and the camaraderie of hundreds of like-minded folks, and you know you'll have a good time! There's something for everyone interested in
birds. Come and join us to bird, learn, and just have fun!
To look over the line-up of speakers, workshops, and field trips or register, check out our symposium website at: www.2013cvbs.org/
Sandhill Crane Tours
The California Department of Fish and Game invites you to come out on a tour, in Lodi, during the “Season of the Sandhill Crane." The season begins with the arrival of the Sandhill Cranes into the Delta and Central Valley in about late September, where they will spend the fall and winter months. Tours consist of viewing Sandhill Cranes and other unique wintering waterfowl, hearing a presentation on Sandhill Cranes and their Reserve habitat, and viewing the cranes' impressive, nightly behaviors at a location that is only open to the public during these special tours. Information on the Woodbridge Sandhill Crane Reserve, and on the tours, is available at: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/delta/cranetour/