Our GBP Workshops go far beyond our standard talks or presentations to make available a half-day or even multi-day experience for a limited number of participants. Trips are even combined in this effort, such as the third option described below:
How to Conduct an Instructive Bird Walk
GBP has a combination field-trip/presentation. It is run as a working field trip on "how to conduct an instructive bird walk." It's a field trip for aspiring field-trip leaders, orienting on an experience that goes beyond the mere identification of bird species and explores lessons for each species or family of bird encountered. It's a "practice-run" for aspiring instructors/leaders, and it is a multi-dimensional approach. We have run these for the National Wildlife Refuge Association, the Bird Education Network, the Council for Environmental Education, and the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. Here's a short description of such a workshop given in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas:
This is appropriate for about 10 people. If there are between 11 and 20 people, there would be additional cost. Contact me for more details.
Discovering "Other Birds" - a new approach to enhancing the hunting experience
There is a very good chance that hunters, while engaged in the hunting experience, can participate in enhanced outdoor exploration, something to add to their sporting pursuit. That enhanced experience can be a broader bird appreciation, or bird watching. This is an opportunity for waterfowl hunters, but it's also appropriate for upland gamebird and other hunters.
For waterfowlers, there is the chance to appreciate those other bird species which “co-habit” with waterfowl, sharing vital habitat. These "other birds" might be shorebirds, marsh/wetland songbirds, long-legged waders, and raptors, among others. Bird identification is the first part, but only the first part of this effort.
The issue of appreciating "other birds" contributes to a broader and important conservation lesson involving different habitats. It is also a way to address the issue of hunter recruitment and retention, providing an added dimension to reach new or "renewed" hunters.
A "discovering other birds" workshops involves:
A short, minimal, indoor orientation.
A hands-on field experience. (There is no substitute for learning at the side of an expert.)
A 1-day (or possibly 2-day) event intended for adults working with a set of qualified instructors.
Timing for various opportunities depending on hunting season, location, or associated social event.
Linking to follow-up activities to sustain the learning curve.
Including a digital nature-photography feature.
Appreciating cooperation and competition in birding.
The intent would be to raise the outdoor confidence level of the hunters - reading habitat and identifying "other birds" and their mutual needs. Most hunters - and not just waterfowl hunters - have a fairly high degree of understanding when it comes to these issues; the intent here is to raise the level of habitat awareness through varied birds. Skill-building will be emphasized, as will follow-up activities.
Cuba: Birds and the Future - a trip to the island (3-15 November 2016)
Cuba has 28 Important Bird Areas (IBAs), with over 370 species recorded on the island. Of these 370 species, 27 are endemic to the island, and 29 are considered globally threatened. There is also the migrant factor, and Cuba represents one of the most important countries for Neotropical migrants. There are about 75 species that travel through Cuba and about 85 that spend the winter on the island. There are vast areas of the island that are under protection, but there are also pressures for development and tourism that will impact the birdlife of the island. This becomes increasingly obvious as U.S.-Cuban relations continue to develop.
Here is the opportunity to join Paul Baicich on an exclusive, U.S.-led and managed bird-study program to Cuba. It is managed by the Caribbean Conservation Trust, Inc. (CCT) and will guide 14 participants through some of the best bird habitat in four different bird regions on the island. Besides the core bird study activities, we will learn about the ecology and history of the regions we visit, and we will interact with our counterparts on the island in a creative inter-American engagement and real conservation on the island.
This will be Paul's fifth trip to Cuba.
Full details are accessible below: