Field Trips

Beginner Birder’s Shorebird Identification Workshop

Saturday, 19 August 2017: 9:45 am - 2 pm
Chezzetcook, NS

Leaders: Sue Abbott (Bird Studies Canada) & Angie Millard (NS Bird Society)

Workshop description
Join Bird Studies Canada and NS Bird Society for a fun, skills-building workshop designed for beginner birders who have an interest in learning about shorebirds and getting involved with shorebird citizen science. This four-hour workshop will consist of both in-class and outdoor learning components. Utilizing slides, a hands-on activity and a bird walk, participants will learn and practice key identification tips for 15 shorebird species in NS. We will also share information about shorebird ecology and opportunities for getting involved in citizen science and conservation in NS.

We will meet at a private home for the indoor component of the workshop and then we will travel a short distance by car and foot to view shorebirds and practice identification at a nearby coastal area. Please note: the home owner has cats, so folks with allergies should consider this before registering.

What is required?
You’re a beginner birder with a passion to learn about shorebirds
Working binoculars (we have one or two that we can loan if this is a problem)
Bring a notebook and a field guide to birds if you wish (we’ll have a few handouts that you can use for taking notes)
Bring your own lunch and snack items

How to participate?
Contact Sue (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to register. Registration deadline is Monday, 14 August 2017. Enrollment limited to 12 participants.

Friday September 1 2017 - Bon Portage Island

Friday, 01 September 2017 14:58

Friday September 1 2017 - Bon Portage Island – Shelburne County

Leader: Claire Diggins 825-6152 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Trip will be limited to 10-12 participants. Pre-registration is necessary!

This trip is not suitable for small children or pets. Depart Friday at 6:00 p.m. from the Prospect Point Wharf in Shag Harbour, Shelburne County. Bring food, drinking water, warm clothing, footwear for rough (beach cobble) and wet terrain, a flashlight, mattress sheet and a sleeping bag. Carry gear in waterproof bags or containers. Field guides are available on the island as are cooking pots, utensils and dishes. There is a charge of $90.00 for three nights accommodation for NSBS members plus a group boat fee of $85 for the boat trip. If you have any special dietary requirements, please notify Claire at time of booking.

Saturday, September 23. Time 10:00 a.m. – 3:00p.m.
Meet by the kiosk at the last parking lot.
Level of difficulty – Difficult

This activity will be along the Spry Bay and Headland Trails which will take about four hours to complete. It should provide a good photo opportunity for migrating Waders, Blackpoll Warblers, Black-backed Woodpeckers, and Common Yellowthroats. You will encounter rugged terrain so it is advised to wear hiking boots. Bring snacks or a lunch and water, and don’t forget your binoculars and camera.

There is no rain date, we’re pretty serious about birds and we absolutely love all levels of bird enthusiasts at all our events. Join us!

Leader: Jim Cameron 902-885-2970
Alternate contact: Warren Parsons 902-772-2207