Building Better Birders and Citizen Science Workshop 1

June 10 at 9:00am

Buena Vista County Conservation is hosting a series entitled Building Better Birders and Citizen Science Workshops. There will be four workshops focusing on all different species of birds and will be held throughout the summer at various conservation properties. These workshops will be conducted by Kelly McKay (BioEco Research and Monitoring Center) with assistance from Mark Roberts (Clinton County Conservation), and Brian Ritter (Nahant Marsh Education Center). The workshops are free of charge and you are welcome to come for a whole day, partial day, or a just a class that interests you. Snacks, water, and lemonade will be supplied throughout the workshop but bring your own lunch. Bring appropriate walking shoes if you plan on participating in the bird walk, along with sunscreen, bug spray, and dress for weather. The first workshop will be held at Buena Vista County Conservation Park South Shelter Area on Thursday, June 10th from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. The times and classes are listed below: Thursday, June 10th ~ 1st Workshop 9:00 - 10:30 AM ~ Bird walk on the trail 10:30 - 10:45 AM ~ Break 10:45 - 12:00 ~ Introduction to Iowa Bird ID Class ~ Part 1 (Non- passerines) 12:00 - 1:00 ~ Lunch (Please bring your own) 1:00 - 2:15 ~ Introduction to Iowa Bird ID Class ~ Part 2 (Passerines) 2:15 - 3:15 ~ Explore the bird blind, park and snack (Provided by BV Conservation) 3:15 - 5:30 ~ Introduction to the Sparrows, Tanagers, Grosbeaks, Buntings, and Similar Species Class 5:30 ~ End of 1st Workshop Registration is required for the bird workshop, please contact the Conservation Office at 712-295-7985 by Wednesday, June 9th to RSVP. When calling to register please let us know if you plan to attend the full workshop or only certain classes. Funding for the workshop was provided by the Resource Enhancement Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP- CEP) For more information on this program, contact the Buena Vista County Conservation Board by calling 712-295-7985 or e-mailing naturalist@bvcountyparks.com. Visit us online at our website, www.bvcountyparks.com or on Facebook for more up-to-date information. Covid-19 Guidelines: Any of these activities could be cancelled at any time due to Covid-19. Please do not go to any activity if you have a fever, are exhibiting symptoms, have been recently diagnosed, or have been around someone recently diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last 2 weeks. Social distancing is encouraged. You are welcome to bring your own mask and wear it. Participants will be required to use hand sanitizer before and after touching any objects provided by the CCCB.
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