Places I’m speaking or signing books. If you’ve already purchased a book and want to bring it along, please feel free to do so.
I’ll be at the Midwest Birding Symposium answering digiscoping questions at the Swarovski Optik booth as well as giving a workshop on using your smartphone for birding and signing books. Can’t wait to be back for this fabulous event put together by the folks at Bird Watcher’s Digest.
Birds and Beers is an informal gathering of birders of all abilities. All you do is purchase whatever beverage (doesn’t have to be beer) and food and chat with like minded folks. This is a fun place to find a birding buddy, learn about places to find nemesis birds, promote a birding event or research project, find volunteers or anything bird related.
Need a copy of my latest book 1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know? Drop me an email at sharon at birdchick dot com and I’ll bring one for you.
Rio Grand Valley Bird Festival
November 7, 2013 Sunset Birds & Beers (and digiscoping)
November 8,2013 5pm – 6pm Birds and Beers in the Kiskadee Cordial in the Trade Show Area
November 9, 2013 4:30pm Book Signing
November 9, 2013 6:15pm Harlingen Squares (I think I’m the center square)
I’m doing a lot at this festival.
Spotting scope photo systems are really coming into their own and the options are expanding with camera and smartphone pairings. Me and buddy Clay Taylor will cover it all on South Padre Island’s famous birding boardwalks that just happen to be perfectly situated for the Island’s lovely sunsets as well! Sunset shooting followed by dinner at a favorite SPI restaurant. Important: Before registering, email Clay to discuss equipment owned and perhaps needed: Clay.Taylor@swarovskioptik.us or Sharon to discuss smartphone needs: email@example.com. This is a great opportunity to test out phones, adapters and scopes before your buy or if you already have them, let Clay and I help you refine your technique.
And Saturday I’ll be doing a book signing!
This will be an event that’s part of Give to the Max Day called Bird to the Max. I’ll be doing a Big Day with Scott Mehus of the National Eagle Center from 6am-6pm, checking in throughout the day to see who has seen more birds and getting points for each species seen. During special Eagle Hours we’ll get extra points for seeing bald and golden eagles. Join us after 6pm at Reads Landing Brewing Company for a special Birds and Beers as we wrap up the day and hear stories from Scott and Birdchick about all their adventures!
Would you like to book me for an appearance at your bird festival or convention? I make a GREAT keynote speaker!
Photo by Jennifer Dorsman from the show You’re Making That Up.
I offer a variety of programs and workshops that are great for any festival for birders of all levels. I’ve been booked all over the country and even gave one of my techno birding programs in Guatemala. Having organized and led field trips for several years, I am also available as a field trip leader and especially enjoy taking beginning birders out to see new birds. The added bonus is that your festival will be covered in my blog and social media accounts for other people to learn about and encourage them to attend in the future.
My list of offerings are below. Please email me for rates and availability.
Today’s Office- My goal is to get paid go bird watching and my offices can be in the middle of a corn field watching eagles or flying 100 feet above the Mississippi River counting ducks. Based on popular blog entries (and stories that didn’t make the blog), some of the topics covered include the Horned Guan Death March (climbing 4 hours up a volcano in Guatemala to search for a rare tree chicken), trying to find a reasonable bathroom while birding in Kazakhstan or misadventures searching for an ivory-billed woodpecker with Cornell Lab of Ornithology in 2005. This program can be tailore dot specifics. This is a PowerPoint slide show, I bring the computer and wires, and you provide the projector and screen.
Teaching someone to digiscope at The Biggest Week in North American Birding. Photo by Mike Watson.
Digiscoping – how to take a point and shoot digital camera, digital SLR camera or iPhone and use your binoculars or spotting scope to get photos of birds and mammals. This is a great workshop for people who are about to get a digiscoping set up and people who already have a setup and are not happy with their photos. I use my digiscoping shots to illustrate techniques and tips for capturing digital images of birds. It can also be combined with a field trip to actually put the techniques into practice. This is a PowerPoint slide show, I bring the computer and wires, and you provide the projector and screen.
This program can be an hour-long presentation or works very well as a half-day workshop. I show the technique and then we go out and put it into practice.
SmartPhone Birding – The latest in technology to enjoy the outdoors from digiscoping, to iPods, to digital recorders, to field guides on smart phones, to a guide to websites and some interesting birding stories found via the World Wide Web. Because technology is constantly changing, this program is never the same and is changed based on the current trends. This is a PowerPoint slide show, I bring the computer and wires, and you provide the projector and screen.
Adventures in Bird Banding – Ever wonder what it’s like to hold a pelican and then have it vomit on you? I’ve participated in banding birds as big as Bald Eagles to as tiny as Ruby-crowned Kinglets and have had some humorous encounters. Learn about how birds are banded, exciting information obtained from banding records, and the excitement of visiting a heron rookery with gorgeous photos. This program can be species specific, for example, if you want only raptor banding, it can be all raptor banding. This is a PowerPoint slide show, I bring the computer and wires, and you provide the projector and screen.
The Woman Who Could Talk To Birds – This is a humorous story based on my experiences of managing a wild bird store for eight years. The main theme is a funny and true story about a woman who would call and could psychically communicate with birds. This is more entertaining than informative–great for lunches or following a banquet.
I’ve been birding in Kazakhstan, Panama, Guatemala and Israel. If you would like programs based on any of those countries, I can easily do a PowerPoint slide show, I bring the computer and wires, and you provide the projector and screen.
Beginning Beekeeping – Bees are in the news, especially with Colony Collapse Disorder being of concern. This photographic program walks you through the fascinating world of the honeybee life cycle and things you need to know if you want to start beekeeping. This is a PowerPoint Presentation, I bring the computer and wires, and you provide the projector and screen.
These are just a few of the workshops offered and are my post popular, if you are looking for something specific, please email me and chances are it’s available.
Some festivals I have blogged about include: