Workshops

Workshops 2018-01-20T16:50:27+00:00

Thursday, February 15

W1 Birding by Ear [New]

1:00  –  3:00 pm, OIT College Union Sunset Room,  3:15 – 4:15 pm optional carpool field trip
This workshop provides a brief introduction to bird vocalizations, including types of vocalizations, what birds are saying, and the incredible diversity of sounds and songs made by birds around North America. Teresa “Bird” Wicks will then focus in on the songs of several common birds of the Klamath Basin. We’ll listen to recordings of bird songs during the course and talk about tips for learning songs. We’ll also see multiple photos of our local birds. No prior experience necessary. Then carpool over to Moore Park in Klamath Falls and use some of your newly learned skills.

Fee: $25

Friday, February 16

W2 Getting Started with Raptor ID [New]

8:30 – 10:30 am,  OIT College Union Mt. Bailey Room
In this workshop, Dr. Kevin McGowan will introduce you to the wonderful diversity of raptors and provide you with time-tested approaches to get started identifying them. As with most every bird, paying attention to size, shape, color pattern, behavior, habitat, range, and vocalizations can all help to make an identification. But the two most important things to look for on raptors are shape and behavior. In this workshop you will learn how to sort raptors into subgroups based on shape, and how to determine a raptor’s body proportions by measuring it against itself. You also will learn how behavior can be a key component of raptor identification, especially flight style and foraging methods.

If you register for the optional companion field trip F16 later on Friday, you’ll have a chance to put what you’ve learned to the test with Dr. McGowan’s assistance.

Choose the Friday workshop only or the combined workshop and field experience that continues to later on Friday.

Fee: $20 for W2 only or $65 for W2 and F16

W16 Birding by Ear 2 [New]

9:00 – 11:00 am, OIT College Union Mt McLouglin Room, 11:15 – 12:15 pm optional carpool field trip
This workshop provides a brief introduction to bird vocalizations, including types of vocalizations, what birds are saying, and the incredible diversity of sounds and songs made by birds around North America. Teresa “Bird” Wicks will then focus in on the songs of several common birds of the Klamath Basin. We’ll listen to recordings of bird songs during the course and talk about tips for learning songs. We’ll also see multiple photos of our local birds. No prior experience necessary. Then carpool over to Moore Park in Klamath Falls and use some of your newly learned skills.
Fee: $25

W3 Birding with iBird Can Make You a Better Birder [New]

12:30  – 2:45 pm, OIT College Union Mt. Bailey Room, 2:45 – 3:45 pm optional carpool field trip
Smartphones are revolutionizing how birders enjoy their hobby. “Apps” such as iBird turn an iPhone or Android phone into a powerful digital field guide, replacing bulky and ineffective books. Jane Wright will present an in depth tutorial on how to choose which iBird is best for you, and how to use it once you have chosen. She will follow up her presentation with an optional carpool field trip to Veteran’s Park to demonstrate this useful tool.

Fee: $25

W4 Getting Into Drone Photography [New]

CANCELLED

W5 Techniques from a Passionate Bird Photographer – Moose Peterson [New]

2:00 – 3:30 pm, OIT Dow Center Auditorium.
Let’s talk nuts and bolts of bird photography! Moose Peterson will share his tips from a lifetime of photography starting with gear and the best place to learn bird photography, your backyard. He’ll go over his techniques and strategies for success. It’s a classroom session but you’ll want to bring your camera!

Fee: $20

W6 Intermediate/Advanced Raptor ID Workshop

2:00 – 5:00 pm, OIT College Union Sunset Room
This always-popular workshop returns for 2018! Dick Ashford will provide a straightforward introduction to the identification of our local hawks, eagles, and falcons. The classroom presentation will help you sharpen your raptor ID skills. These skills will be put to the test on either the companion Saturday trip, or the companion Sunday trip (please choose one). Recommended for intermediate or advanced birders.

Fee: $60 includes W6 and the Saturday F20 or Sunday F30 field trip and lunch.

W7 Sip and Paint at the Favell Museum [New]

4:00-6:30 pm, Favell Museum, 125 West Main St, Klamath Falls
Something wonderful occurs when a group of people get together and feel free to have fun with paint. Add a glass of wine and it is positively festive. We often, as adults, forget that it is important to be creative, that it is proven to be beneficial to our mind, our spirit and our health. Come join staff from Wild Pigments Studio at the Favell Museum for this opportunity to savor Blue Zones- approved appetizers and wine while painting your own version of a White-headed Woodpecker. No painting experience necessary!

Fee: $40

Saturday, February 17

W8 Macro Photography Workshop [New]

8:00 – 11:00 am,  OIT College Union Mt. McLoughlin Room, 11:00 – Noon outside
This workshop is intended for beginning and intermediate photographers who want to capture beauty in small objects and make artistic images that reflect your creative vision. Abbott Schindler will take you through the process of capturing and processing great macro photographs. Topics include equipment, composition, controlling depth-of-field, and post-processing basics. The workshop includes classroom and field experiences, and a thorough handout. You will need a camera with close-up or macro capabilities (macro lens preferred), a tripod and fully charged battery,and knowledge of your camera’s controls. Optional: a wired/wireless remote camera release, spare battery, and extension tubes.

Fee: $40

W9 Take the Lab into the Field: Cornell Lab Mobile Apps [New]

9:00 – 10:30 am, Dow Center Auditorium
Trying to figure out a challenging bird ID but don’t have your field guide handy? Looking for a quick and easy way to keep track of all your bird sightings? In this workshop, Dr. Kevin McGowan will introduce three free apps from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that can help with these tasks and more. Merlin is a revolutionary app that can help with ID challenges, by suggesting likely species after you answer just a few questions, or by identifying the bird from a photo you provide. eBird is the go-to app for recording your bird sightings in the field, making it simple to save checklists of species wherever you go. Finally, if you have nest boxes or like to monitor nesting birds, the NestWatch app makes mapping and tracking your nests a snap.

Fee: $10

W10 Amazing Photography using your iPhone or iPad!

9:00 am – Noon, OIT Owens Hall
The camera you always have with you is also a very powerful photographic tool. In this workshop Steve Spencer will help you understand how to take better photographs using your iPhone or iPad. We’ll show you how apps can increase the power of your camera. We will also demonstrate how you can attach your device to a spotting scope using the Novagrade Smartphone adapter. Bring your tripod and spotting scope, and, time permitting, we’ll try it out with your phone. We’ll also look at different ways to organize images, get those images out of your iPhone/iPad for safe storage and cool photo projects. Bring your iPhone/iPad with a charged battery and follow along.

Fee: $30

W11 Burned Forests & Black-backed Woodpeckers in the Wild West [New]

10:15 am – 12:15 pm,  OIT College Union Mt. Bailey Room 
Burned Forests & Black-backed Woodpeckers in the Wild West Forest fires present a classic ‘man vs. nature’ dilemma, especially in the montane regions of western North America. In particular, the Cascade Mountains and Sierra Nevada evolved with fire as a critical part of their ecology, and the Black-backed Woodpecker is the quintessential poster-child for the current state of western forests. Stephen Shunk presents this primer on the ecology of western forests, with an emphasis on forest management and conservation and the keystone roles played by the woodpeckers themselves.

Fee: $15

W12 Amazing Photography using your Android or Tablet

1:00 – 4:00 pm, OIT Owens Hall
The camera you always have with you is also a very powerful photographic tool. In this workshop Steve Spencer will help you understand how to take better photographs using your Android or tablet. We’ll show you how apps can increase the power of your camera. We will also demonstrate how you can attach your device to a spotting scope using the Novagrade Smartphone adapter. Bring your tripod and spotting scope, and, time permitting, we’ll try it out with your phone. We’ll also look at different ways to organize images, get those images out of your Android or tablet for safe storage and cool photo projects. Bring your device with a charged battery and follow along.

Fee: $30

W13 Creating Award-Winning Images with Lightroom [New]

1:00 – 5:00 pm,  OIT College Union Mt. Thielsen Room
CANCELLED

W14 Close-up and Personal Photo Shoot with Wildlife Images Animal Ambassadors [New]

2:00 – 5:00 pm, OIT Student Union Mt. McLoughlin Room
Bring your camera and join Cory Alvis-Allen and staff from Wildlife Images (wildlifeimages.org), wildlife photographer Abbott Schindler, and a great selection of live raptor and other animal ambassadors from Wildlife Images for this up-close portrait shoot. Cory will introduce to your subjects and Abbott will guide you through shooting techniques and will be on hand to offer pointers as you circulate through each station. Flash is permitted. Lenses with focal lengths of 50-200 mm are preferred, although longer focal lengths will also work. Limited to 12.

Fee: $30

W15 Where’s the White? A Beginner’s Guide to Waterfowl ID [New]

2:30 – 3:45  pm, OIT Dow Center Auditorium
In this workshop, Dr. Kevin McGowan will introduce you to a wide variety of waterfowl and along the way he will point out the best ways to get started identifying them. As with most every bird, paying attention to size, shape, color pattern, behavior, habitat, range, and vocalizations can all help to make an identification. But the two most important things to concentrate on for waterfowl are shape and color pattern. It’s especially important to focus on the question “Where’s the white?” You will learn how to spot patterns of white that are key to identifying ducks, geese, swans, loons, and grebes. You will also learn how to characterize the various subgroups of waterfowl based on shape, and the importance of using shape to identify female ducks in particular.
Choose the Saturday workshop only or the combined workshop and field experience that continues to Sunday.

Fee: $5 for W15 or $55 for W15 and F27