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.