SAVE THE DATE!
27th Annual Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival
May 4th-7th, 2017
Come be inspired by the spectacle of mass migration!
Nearly three quarters of all North American Shorebirds summer in Alaska and the Arctic tundra, and most of them come through here by way of the Pacific Flyway. The tidal flats of the Copper River Delta shimmer with the activity of hundreds of thousands of shorebirds every year in early May. Nearly 5 million shorebirds will make the tremendous journey from points as far as South America, Central America and Mexico to this important stopover site on the Copper River Delta, the largest undisturbed wetland in North America, to stage and feed before moving on to breeding grounds west and northward across the state.
The Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival provides the ideal opportunity for bird watchers to be part of this spectacle of migration. Many activities, workshops and community events are offered throughout the festival. We invite you to join us in Cordova for the premier birding event in Alaska.
Keynote Speaker: DAVID SIBLEY
He knows every North American bird: by its shade, by its tilt, by its habitat, by its male, female, and juvenile plumages. It’s only natural; he’s the son of a Yale ornithologist and has been birding since his childhood in Connecticut. Sibley was only seven when he began drawing birds, filing his illustrations away along with clips about the natural history of each species.
It’s a habit he never shook. As an adult, Sibley merged that encyclopedic knowledge with his skills as a self-taught artist to become one of America’s best-known field guide authors. His first bird guide was released in 2000. With The Sibley Field Guide to Birds, a New York Times bestseller, Sibley was immediately hailed as heir to the great birder and artist Roger Tory Peterson, placing him in a long line of artist-naturalist hybrids that leads straight back to John James Audubon himself. Don't miss David's keynote address:
The Psychology of Bird Identification
Bird identification is the central challenge of birding, and we all strive to improve our skills and to identify more birds, more quickly and more accurately. Countless references and tools suggest that the birder who wants to avoid misidentifications should learn more about the fine points of plumage, molt, and subspecies, but the fact is that most mistakes involve glitches in perception. No amount of knowledge and preparation can prevent us from blurting out “Snowy Owl!” when the time is right and we see a white plastic bag on the salt-marsh. Our brains, and the very short-cuts that we use with phenomenal success to identify birds, are also the source of most misidentifications. This workshop will focus on the psychological aspects of bird identification – how we subconsciously use pattern-recognition, expectations, suggestion, and other clues – and how those methods can lead us to misidentify birds with complete confidence.
You can also catch an informative talk about rufous hummingbirds, and maybe even a chance to learn to band these fun little birds with Kate McLaughlin.
Learn more at our festival website www.copperriverdeltashorebirdfestival.com
Getting to Shorebird Festival:
Traveling to the festival by way of Alaska Airlines? Be sure to use the Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival Discount Code ECMX590 for your reduced fare to Cordova. 2017 Discount code coming soon!
You can also take a scenic cruise to Cordova with Major Marine Tours or take the Alaska Marine Highway. However you get here, we're excited to share the spectacle of mass migration with you!