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Raptors workshops hosted by Audubon

By Staff | Aug 22, 2014

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society (PVAS) will sponsor a Natural History Workshop on raptors this fall.The workshop will begin with a two-hour evening classroom session on Thursday, Sept. 11, at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown. This session will provide an overview of the subject.

Participants will then join in three field trips on Sept. 20, Oct. 12 and Nov. 1. The field trips will all be single-day trips, confined to locations within a two-hour drive of the Eastern Panhandle.

The workshop will be led by three Eastern Panhandle birding experts: Wil Hershberger, Bob Dean and Matt Orsie. It will focus on raptor behavior, migration patterns, identification techniques, behavior, distribution and population trends and conservation goals.

The workshop is part of PVAS’s Advanced Birding Series, so it is not intended for beginning birders. Participants must be graduates of PVAS’s “Birding 101” class or have commensurate birding experience.

Enrollment will be limited to only 12 persons, so pre-registration is essential. A fee will be required.

Registration and more information are available on the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org. Or contact Krista Hawley at 304-876-8471 or adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org.

The fee for the workshop will be $75 for PVAS members and members of the Society’s Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Program, and $100 for the general public.

PVAS’s Natural History Workshops are intended for people who are interested in learning about particular natural history topics in considerable depth but cannot commit to pursue the much more comprehensive natural history education available through PVAS’s Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Program, which can take a year or more to complete.