Hey, remember that shorebird workshop I attended last August? You can read about it here, here, and here. Doug Buri is offering it again and this time he's teamed up with Bob Janssen. Due to last year's popularity, they are offering the workshop twice. One of the benefits of this workshop is that they keep the number of participants low, so you can get lots of individual attention. I emailed Doug this morning and he said the first workshop is already full and the second is filling fast. If you would like to learn your shorebirds in the Upper Midwest, I highly recommend it. If you'd like to look at the above photo and say with confidence, "Why that's clearly a semi-palmated sandpiper behind a least sandpiper," then this is for you.
Another benefit is that Doug gets you up close to the birds--least sandpipers within three feet of your shoes and short-billed dowitchers in spitting distance. It's great. Here is Doug's site if you would like to learn more or sign up.