April 9-10, 2021: Bill Clark's Advanced Raptor Identification Class

TOS is excited to present Bill Clark's Advanced Raptor Identification Class!  Click for more...

TOS is excited to announce that internationally-recognized expert (and Texas resident) Bill Clark will present another virtual class for us on raptor identification just in time for spring raptor migration in Texas. This class will be conducted via Zoom on Friday evening April 9, and Saturday April 10, 2021. The class will be recorded so that registrants can review the material on their own later, or in case they can’t be present for one or both days of the live presentations.

Don’t let the title fool you! This class will cover material helpful to any birder with an interest in advancing their knowledge of raptor identification, regardless of whether they have taken a raptor class before. On Friday evening, Bill will review the 28 diurnal raptor species to be covered by type, ending with a more thorough coverage of vultures, Osprey, harrier, and falcons. The second hour on Friday will cover the many differences between Sharp-shinned Hawk and Cooper’s Hawk identification in the field.

Saturday morning, Bill will cover in detail six species of buteonines, followed by coverage of our two eagles (not covered in the previous TOS virtual Raptor ID class). Saturday afternoon sessions begin with a detailed discussion of unusual raptor plumages. The final hour starts with coverage of three kites, then four rare raptors, two specialty falcons, how to document rarities, and a Raptor ID summary.

Bill Clark has studied raptors since the 1960’s, when he first began to band migrant raptors. He has lived in the Rio Grande Valley since 2002, where he studies and bands resident and migrant raptors of south Texas. Bill has authored a field guide to the raptors of Europe, another for the raptors of Africa, one for the raptors of Mexico and Central America, and two different field guides to the raptors of North America. Bill has observed raptors in 56 different countries, and before the pandemic, he regularly conducted workshops on raptor identification in Texas, in other states and even on other continents.

Fee for this virtual class is $100 for 6 hours of instruction. A significant portion of the proceeds will go to support TOS programs and activities.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to advance your raptor identification skills just in time for spring migration!

Registration is closed.

April 19, 2021: Birding in Spanish workshop

TOS is excited to present "Birding in Spanish" by Christy Esmahan!  More ...

In this one-of-a-kind class, we will cover the following topics:

Spanish vocabulary and phrases associated with:
  • Bird anatomy and physiology
  • Plumages
  • Physical descriptions of the bird
  • Birding equipment
  • Describing bird behavior
  • Locating the bird in the field
  • Finding birding spots & asking birding related questions
  • Names of 30+ major groups of birds
We'll also:
  • briefly review basic Spanish pronunciation and grammar rules,
  • explain why birders use Latin names for birds in Spanish
  • share some resources for further learning

The class is scheduled for 3 hours with a brief break about halfway through.

Registration is closed.

April 29 - May 2, 2021: TOS Virtual Spring Meeting

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TOS is excited to announce our Virtual Spring Meeting, taking place Thursday April 29 through Sunday, May 2, 2021. This event is open to anyone - not just TOS members - so please help us spread the word.

Due to the pandemic, we are continuing an online format for this meeting. While it will be different from a typical meeting, there are multiple ways that you can participate and have fun! Join us for an exciting lineup of speakers and collaborative birding, as we strive to find as many species as possible across the Lone Star State. We will also present our annual meeting and election results, and will recognize Century Club members as well.

Again we will conduct a FREE 3-Day Statewide Collaborative Birding Blitz, and we invite everyone - TOS member or not - to help us search every nook and cranny across Texas. At the end of each day, we will share stories and interesting sightings from that day’s birding efforts.

A speaker package is again offered for a small fee (TOS members receive a discounted rate), allowing you to attend fascinating virtual workshops each afternoon on topics such as shorebird identification. (Is there anyone who doesn’t need some help with this group of birds?) Other presentations will take you to the Christmas Mountains or around the world, educate you on eBird, gardening for birds, and much more.

All participants will be required to register online so that we can share instructions, resources, and details with you. Because we welcome both TOS members and those who are not among our numbers to participate, be sure to spread the word and invite friends, family, and fellow birders to sign up for the event once registration opens!

Online registration opens March 18th at 6AM, and will close on Earth Day, April 22, 2021. Don’t wait!

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