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Friday, 12 April 2019 12:53

Introduction to birding at Ken Reid Conservation Area May 4

Pages from Kawartha Conservation Bird Book webApril 12, 2019 – Have you been interested in birding? Or wondered what types of birds make their permanent and temporary home in the Kawartha Region? Join Kawartha Conservation’s Rob Stavinga for an educational and fun Introduction to Birding on Saturday, May 4 at Ken Reid Conservation Area.

“The focus of the day will be introducing people to birding, or for people who are already avid birders, introducing them to eBird,” explained Mr. Stavinga. “I will be covering a variety of topics geared towards novice birders and those simply interested in how to find, spot and identify different birds that can be found locally.”

Introduction to Birding will run from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and participants are encouraged to dress for the weather as the event will be held rain or shine.

“We will be starting the morning with an introduction to birding with eBird and what the app is, as well as introducing participants to the Merlin app, which works in concert with eBird to help identify birds,” explained Mr. Stavinga. “I will be talking about the different birding areas within Ken Reid Conservation Area and then we will get outside onto the different trails and areas and begin our birding adventure using the apps, our new Ken Reid Bird Checklist, and our eyes and ears.”

Participants are encouraged to bring a pair of binoculars if they have them, as well as wearing good footwear and appropriate clothing.

“With more than 160 different bird species having been identified in Ken Reid Conservation Area there is a lot of opportunity to see different birds from song birds and raptors to migratory birds and waterfowl,” said Mr. Stavinga. “Birding is a wonderful activity that anyone can do and take part in. It’s really quite incredible seeing and hearing the different birds when you know what you’re looking and listening for.”

Both the eBird and Merlin apps are available for free on both Android and iPhone, and participants who are interested are asked to download the apps prior to the May 4 Introduction to Birding.

Cost for the event is $10 + HST for adults. Children 12 and under are free.

“This is a great time of year to get outside and explore different areas of Ken Reid Conservation Area and we’ll be seeing a variety of different birds,” said Mr. Stavinga. “Participants will come away from the morning event with a greater understanding and knowledge of the bird species we have locally, how to spot them, listen for them and identify them, as well as become more familiar with free apps specific for birders of all skill and interest levels.”

Adding to the day’s events, Saturday, May 4 is also Global Big Day. Last May, more than 30,000 people took to fields and forests around the world, noting more than 7,000 species in a single day - Global Big Day. On May 4, birding’s biggest day is coming back. Wherever you are in the world, you can be a part of birding’s next world record, by using the eBird app to log and record bird sightings.

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