Workshop 7 Birds with Dr. Terri Maness is scheduled January 12, 9 am – 3 pm. The link to sign up via PayPal is now active on the Certification page of this website. I am running a bit late getting this done, so please do not delay. Register now!

As a reminder, we decided in the beginning that the 7th workshop each member attends would be free to that member. The three people for whom this is the 7th workshop are Kim and Charles Paxton and Bette Kauffman. I will definitely be there. Kim and Charles, even though you need not pay, please do let me if you will attend.

For a few more people, Workshop 8 Mammals in February will be their 7th. I will publish those names when I post that link.

Please note that the flyer link on the certification page is not yet active. Terri and I have a draft of a flyer close to ready. I’ll let you know when it is up.

The drill will be familiar. The workshop commences at 9 a.m. We’ll spend the morning in a classroom and the afternoon “birding” in the great outdoors.

You might be wondering where. You might be remembering that we had hoped to go to the Upper Ouachita NWR for the field work, but it is under water. So…

Plan B is that we will meet at Black Bayou Lake NWR in the education center for the indoor part and stay at BBL for the field work. We already know from experience that a good variety of birds is usually available at BBL.

However, that might be stymied by the stalemate in Washington D.C. Indeed, I have a Plan C, but Terri has not approved it as of this writing. I will announce that if/when we must.

In any case, I will do everything possible to avoid postponing this workshop. Our first cycle of workshops really needs to wrap up. It should not take more than a year to complete a cycle, and people are waiting for the next cycle to begin. Postponing now just creates greater scheduling problems in the future.

Moreover, I have gotten in trouble with at least several people every time I have changed the date of something, and many have pleaded for more advance notice. You are busy, involved people. I totally get that, and my own calendar is a big headache. SO… please plan to do a birds workshop January 12, one way or another!

And… speaking of birds, I had this wonderful encounter with a red-shouldered hawk on my way to D’Arbonne State Park January 1 for the 1st Day Hike. I love this shot!

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)     (photo by Bette J. Kauffman)

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