FR38 Opening Lectures | 2019 | FREE

Date - Friday, 04/19/2019
Time - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Trip Leader(s): Noah Strycker, Mark Colwell

Total spaces for this event: 500

Total spaces remaining (not yet booked): 388

This event is included in the Basic Registration fee and open to all.

This year’s Spotlight Organization is Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN).

Humboldt Bay is celebrating its 20th year as a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) Site of International Importance and the recent upgrade to a Hemispheric site. Humboldt State University shorebird ecologist, Dr. Mark Colwell will share why this site is important along the Pacific Flyway, as well as highlight new research that shows that the area may host many more shorebirds then previously known. WHSRN Executive Office’s Assistant Director for North America, Laura Chamberlin will also be on hand to celebrate this milestone and the Humboldt Bay partners who are working to protect and improve habitat.

Friday Keynote Speaker, back by popular demand, is Noah Strycker, Global Big Day record breaker and author.

Here is a new way of looking at birds: Face-to-face, in formal studio portraits! Acclaimed National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has been on a mission to document every animal under human care around the world, with more than 7,000 species represented in the ongoing Photo Ark project. In 2018, Joel and Noah teamed up to feature the most beautiful, exotic, and threatened birds from this portfolio. When you look at any bird up close, it suddenly becomes an individual, with emotions, expressions, and personality. In Noah’s presentation of gorgeous images and engaging stories, be prepared to see birds as you’ve never seen them before.
Noah Strycker, age 33, is Associate Editor of Birding magazine, the author of four well-regarded books about birds, and a regular contributor of photography and articles to all major bird magazines as well as other media. Strycker set a world Big Year record in 2015, and his 2017 book, Birding Without Borders, relates the experience. His other books are Among Penguins (Oregon State University Press, 2011), The Thing with Feathers (Riverhead Books, 2014), and Birds of the Photo Ark (National Geographic, 2018). Strycker has studied birds on six continents with field seasons in Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Australia, Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, and the Farallon Islands. He also works as a naturalist guide on expedition cruises to Antarctica and Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, literally spreading the inspiration of birds from pole to pole. Strycker is a competitive tennis player, has run five marathons, and hiked the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. He is based in Oregon, where his backyard has hosted more than 100 species of birds. Visit his website at:





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