Winter 2017 Feeder Birds Workshop

The bird activity and diversity at the Pavilion feeders never fails to captivate our guests’ attention. Individuals from eight different species visit reliably, many more come regularly to feed. Our Winter Feeder Birds workshop is the perfect opportunity for you to learn more about our feathered neighbours.

Can you tell the difference between a Downy Woodpecker and a Hairy Woodpecker?  Where do the bright yellow “canaries” go in the winter? How do our resident birds use different niches within the same general habitat, so as to avoid competition with each other? The Winter Feeder Birds workshop has the answers to all of this — and more!

[photos: Dr. Paul Martin]

The indoor presentation incorporates a mix of live and preserved bird specimens, drawn and photographic images, and audio files to teach you to identify over a dozen common winter birds of the local area. For those interested in getting involved in Citizen Science research, we can share tips and ideas for monitoring bird populations both at home and in the community. The workshop ends with a short outdoor excursion to investigate bird-friendly features of the surrounding habitat.

Booking is by appointment, as this 1-1.5 hr daytime presentation is customized to the age, specific interests, and abilities of the group. Families welcome! Ideal group size is 8-10 people.

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