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While working on The Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl, Richard decided he needed to drive to the Arctic Ocean, northern Alaska – from his home in Cape May, NJ. Told in a thick Yorkshire accent, with a sense of humor, and a disdain for PC, Richard will talk about his 16,000-mile adventure. Living out of his truck, Richard chats about the incredible places he travelled and the inspiring people he met.
Presentation: Richard Crossley – There & Back, Wednesday 3p

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The hypersaline Laguna Madre Bay, with its unique habitats, is a hotspot for numerous migratory and resident birds. Over 25 species of water birds, the majority of which are facing serious population declines, nest on its important rookery islands. Learn about the unique coastal birds of the Laguna Madre, and Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program’s ongoing conservation efforts to benefit them.
Seminar: Stephanie Bilodeau - Monitoring Birds/Habitats of the Laguna Madre, Thursday 2p

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The creator of the comic Bird and Moon and author of kids’ books on science will discuss the funny side of birds, from vomiting vultures to awkward sage-grouse to cavorting birds-of-paradise. She’ll share tales from the field and talk about how she turns her research and experiences into cartoons. She’ll also explain why comics are powerful tools for conservationists.
Keynote: Rosemary Mosco – Giving Science Wings: Comics for Bird Conservation, Thursday 6:15p

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The 12 Steps, described in the recently published Peterson Guide to Bird Identification—In 12 Steps (co-authored with Brian Sullivan), looks at how we as modern humans approach the process of bird identification. We start with some basics that so many people forget, or take for granted, and then build simply and logically into a framework that can help anyone in his or her goal to identify and appreciate birds.
Keynote: Steve NG Howell – Bird Identification Simplified– In 12 Steps, Friday 6:15p

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What is the purpose of being in a group with conspecifics? While the physical appearance of the Black-crested Titmouse (BCTI) is rather drab in shades of black and gray, the social structure of this species is anything but that! Over the course of a six-year study, it has been discovered that the BCTI is a complicated species with peculiar flocking capabilities and reproductive behaviors.
Seminar: Rebekah Rylander – Why Titmice Flock, Saturday 2p

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This is a place like no other…where a phantom wildcat stealthily stalks the cloaking thornscrub, tropical birds dart from dense thickets and wintering waterfowl greet the crimson dawn. Laguna Atascosa is the largest protected area of natural habitat open to the public in southernmost Texas and one of the most biologically diverse tracts in the United States.
Seminar: RICHARD MOORE - Laguna Atascosa: A South Texas Treasure, Saturday 3:30p