Central Valley Birders Flock to Symposium

Birders from Eureka to Los Angeles are gathered this weekend for the Central Valley Birding Symposium.  Over 300 avid birders are gathered for workshops, field trips and shopping at the Stockton Hilton Hotel. It is fun to meet passionate people. One man told me all about his interest in the largest owl in North America–the great grey owl–and his efforts to conserve it. Another birder told me of his travels; he has already seen 9 species of penguin!

The largest owl in North America reaches 30 inches tall and lives in the Cascade range.

The largest owl in North America reaches 30 inches tall and lives in the Cascade range.

Today, November 23rd, there are workshops on:

“No Birdbrains Here: The Latest on Learning, Instinct and Intelligence in Birds”

“Migration Patterns of Northern Saw-whet Owls near Forest Ranch, California”

A small owl species found in California.

A small owl species found in California.

Tomorrow November 24th, the workshops include:

“Seeing Rare Birds in California: Why our state list is the largest in the US at 652 species and you can help find more”

“Flycatcher ID Workshop”

Daily registration is $50 for adults.  There is a Birder’s Market and Art Display on the second floor with 28 exhibitors.  Everything from jewelry, photography, books, binoculars to bird related travel, and art.  I learned about an app related to the Sibley bird book that covers all of North America, features bird calls, and has a feature that allows you to compare two birds side by side.  The application in the Google Store is called Sibley birds of North America ($19.99).

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