A Kid’s Guide to Birding: Saturday, 4:00-5:00 PM (Room: 302)
Lorenzo Rohani of Edmonds is an award-winning photographer and co-author A Kid’s Guide to Birding. He started birding at age 5 and took up wildlife photography at age 9. Lorenzo’s presentation focuses on how to get started birding in your backyard and the importance of creating a backyard bird habitat, as well as highlighting interesting birds that are common in the Northwest. With photos and video clips from some of his own birding adventures to the ocean, the mountains, and beyond, Lorenzo will demonstrate how much fun it can be to travel to new destinations and discover and add new birds to your life list! Yost Park Guided Walk for TEENS: Saturday, 5:30-6:30 PM
FREE, No registration required, meet in the parking lot at Yost Park.
Lorenzo will lead a walk especially for teens who want to bird with other kids their age. This walk will coincide with the Yost Park Guided Walk for Kids and Families described above. The two walks will start and end in the same place, and visit different habitats in the park separately. Bring binoculars if you have them!
For more details: http://www.pugetsoundbirdfest.com/about-the-event
I really liked this bit: “For myself, I’d be happy to see a revival of naturalist language, the sort of charming, unapologetically anthropomorphic descriptions one finds in old field guides, written before the ascendance of the 20th century’s airless, specialist vernacular. It’s a voice heard in The Birds of Essex County, Massachusetts (1905) in which Charles Wendell Townsend described a ‘low, rolling gossipy note’ voiced by semipalmated sandpipers approaching other birds. He waxed eloquent about their courtship, the male ‘pouring forth a succession of musical notes, continuous wavering trill, and ending with a few very sweet notes that recall those of a goldfinch… one may be lucky enough, if near at hand, to hear a low musical cluck from the excited bird. This is, I suppose, the full love flight-song.’ It is the language of a man who cares.”
Lorenzo leading Tahoma Audubon’s Kid’s Expedition Day 2013 Birdathon Field Trip. Despite the rainy forecast, we had 10 enthusiastic briders come out to participate. Which was great because got to see a lot of great bird species on the trip:
Brown Tree Creeper
Cedar Wax wings
Common Yellow Throat
Great Blue Harons
Great Horned Owl
Lorenzo explaining birding to a very enthusiastic class of 2nd-graders. The next presentation will be May 18th for Eastside Audubon Society, then May 25th at Camano Island State Park (CISP amphitheater, 7:30), then May 27th a guided birding walk (Audubon fundraiser) at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (8:00 am – 11 am)
To get photos of these rare birds, the editors of the book asked amateur photographers to submit photos to the World’s Rarest Birds Photo Competition. Click this link to see some examples: (Select Photos)
Our garden always has an abundance of Chestnut-backed Chickadees, who share the habitat all year round with Black-capped Chickadees, Nuthatches, Bushtits, and Juncos. So we have always assumed they must be making nest cavities close by.
This year, a pair have taken to a hole in our dogwood tree. They are using a hole started by Norther Flickers, and in fact it is only a few inches about the nest cavity that was actually used last year by the Northern Flickers. So what happens if the Northern Flickers return? Maybe we will find out.
Here’s a video of the Chestnut-backed-Chickadee working hard on the nest cavity:
The Eastside Audubon has a class coming up on May 5: Introduction to Bird Photography. If you admire great bird photography and perhaps aspire to learn more about how to take their own pictures check out this class.
This really great Chestnut-backed Chickadee photo is by Larry Engles, one of the co-instructors for the class. You might also enjoy the websites of the class instructors:
Lorenzo and his dad, Michael Rohani, have traveled thousands of miles together birding and photographing birds. Their book, A Kid’s Guide to Birding, is full of tips for kids about how to get started in birding, where to find birds, and ways to identify them. It also shows projects you can do to bring birds into your own back yard.
Lorenzo loves birds and is always learning more fun facts about them. He’ll tell about the fun he’s had looking at birds and share his beautiful photographs. Grownups say his talk is as entertaining and informative for them as it is for kids.
To read Lorenzo’s blog and learn more about him, visit his website, kidsbirding.com.
Be sure to join Eastside Audubon and Lorenzo Rohani for an unforgettable afternoon.