by Lottie Bushmann, Education and Outreach Coordinator

Sara Morris, ornithologist, leading the discussion on Warbler Identification

Ever find yourself frustrated with hard-to-identify warblers? Struggling with the less-distinct female and juvenile birds?

Columbia Audubon is teaming up with the Missouri Birding Society and the Missouri River Bird Observatory to sponsor a warbler identification webinar, via Zoom, on Wednesday, March 23, from 7-9 p.m. The webinar, titled “Tips, Tricks and Tools for Warbler Identification,” will feature ornithologist Sara Morris and is designed for birders of all skill levels. (NOTE:  The webinar will replace Columbia Audubon’s regular March 16 membership meeting.)

Dr. Morris is an exceptional and engaging teacher who will lead participants through strategies for identifying warblers—which field marks to notice and how best to use your field guides or other identification tools. In addition, she will share information about the natural history of warblers throughout the program. Dr. Morris uses an interactive style that will encourage participants to practice their identification skills on photos of various species that either nest in or migrate through Missouri. Participants will be able to ask questions through the Zoom “chat” feature as they work to identify the birds.

Dr. Morris regularly teaches Field Ornithology at Audubon’s Hog Island Camp. She is professor of biology and director of the Environmental Science Program at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. She earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in zoology at Cornell University. Her research focus is bird migration, specifically in how birds use sites in-between where they breed and winter to successfully complete their migrations.

Register now for this free webinar:

Plan to attend with your favorite field guides in-hand.