[Tweeters] Western Field Ornithologists conference this August in Pueblo, Colorado

Jim Danzenbaker jdanzenbaker at gmail.com
Fri Jun 2 15:36:50 PDT 2017


All,


Here's information on an upcoming annual Western Field Ornithologists
conference this August in Pueblo, Colorado:

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Western Field Ornithologists Ornithology Conference @ Pueblo, Colorado
August
16-20, 2017

WFO returns to Colorado for the first time in many years, where there are
many species that don’t occur in the Far West, including many species of
workshop and field trip leaders! Within Colorado, a wide variety of
habitats and species near Pueblo is one of the main reasons this venue was
selected for WFO’s annual conference. Another reason is accommodations at
the Marriott Hotel. It is located by a walkway to the Pueblo Convention
Center, where all activities will be held--workshops, banquet, reception,
and exhibitors.

Dr. Lauryn Benedict, an expert on animal communication and social behavior,
will be our keynote speaker, speaking on “He Sings, She Sings: Female
Songbirds in Your Backyard.” Her main research is of bird song for
understanding how signals evolve in nature. To understand song function,
she examines how individuals use vocal signals within environmental and
social contexts. She also studies larger patterns of song evolution by
measuring how songs vary through time and space, both within and between
species. Some of her current projects examine the function and evolution of
song and duets among Colorado wren species, New World sparrows, and Old
World warblers. Lauryn is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the
University of Northern Colorado. Lauryn also will be giving a workshop,
“Birds from the Inside Out,” which will focus on how avian anatomy produces
identifying characteristics.

Furthering our understanding of birdsong, Nathan Pieplow’s workshop is
“Identifying Birds by Their Sounds.” Nathan is the author of the recently
released Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America. He
also will be presenting his annual “Bird Sound Identification: Team
Challenge.” Of course, to learn identification visually, Ed Harper will be
presenting his Bird Photo ID Panel.”

Other workshops will focus on how to find birds by learning “What do Birds
Eat?” by entomologist Dave Leatherman, “How to Make, Edit, Share, and
Publish Bird Vocalizations” by Ted Floyd, “The Ins and Outs of eBird: from
the Basics to Advanced Use and Application,” by Scott Somershoe, and
“Identification of Shorebirds,” by Jon Dunn.

*Registration for WFO's 42nd Conference, **16-20 August 2017** in Pueblo,
CO, is now open. To register go to the Annual Conference page on our web
site (http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/conference.php
<http://app.getresponse.com/click.html?x=a62b&lc=4JNuY&mc=I9&s=Rx6E5&u=BYPG&y=U&>)*

Frances Oliver
WFO Board Member & Outreach Coordinator

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Jim Danzenbaker
Battle Ground, WA
360-702-9395
jdanzenbaker at gmail.com
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