Fall Warbler ID Workshops

BECOME A BETTER BIRDER

Fall warbler migration is the best time of year to find a good variety of warblers in the Canadian prairies .

The abundance of warblers reaches a peak during fall migration when the number of adult birds is augmented by numerous immatures. Warblers generally allow us only a short glimpse of their beautiful colours before they return to hide out of sight within the dense vegetation. Before each migration season, birders need to brush up on their warbler field marks to identify them quickly.

Join birding expert Stan Shadick for a 3-part series of online workshops via zoom designed to help you learn to identify warblers and vireos quickly. The 90 minute zoom workshops will review the many important field marks and other tips needed to accurately identify warblers and vireos in their varied plumages according to their age and sex. During spring and summer months, most singing birds were in adult male plumage. Now during fall migration, we see just as many females and even more immature plumages.

Birding by Ear Workshop helps you learn to identify bird songs.
Blackburnian Warbler by Nick Saunders

The first workshop will focus on a dozen warbler species that appear in the prairies mainly in the latter half of August.

The second workshop will be devoted to another dozen warbler species that regularly migrate through the prairies in September.

The third workshop will focus on 4 species of vireos that appear in September plus a variety of exciting rare warbler species that might appear late in the migration season.

The species to be covered are regularly seen in all Canadian provinces east of the Rocky Mountains. In case you need to miss a workshop, they will be recorded so that you may view them again anytime during the following week or two.

An optional bonus outdoor session in Saskatoon will involve a 1-hour walk in a habitat where many warblers and vireos are often found. Please wear a mask and follow physical distancing during the walk. Maximum number of participants in this bonus outdoor session determined by Saskatchewan COVID regulations.

This workshop also makes a great birthday gift or anniversary gift for the birding enthusiast in your family.

Workshop Fee

  • CAD $35 per person for each workshop
  • CAD $65 per person for entire series (a savings of $40).

Cancellation Policy: Full refund will be given if cancelled before August 1, 2021. No refunds after that date.

Registration

  • Email birdtours@sasktel.net or phone 306-652-5975 and provide your email address and phone number.
  • Please indicate whether you plan to attend the optional outdoor session in Saskatoon.
  • Payment required at time of registration using either option described below.

Payment Options

  • E-transfer. Payment may be made by e-transfer payable to Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation and emailed to
    LSWR@sasktel.net.

    Please use "warblers" as the answer to the security question.

  • Credit Card. Please phone us at 306-652-5975 if you prefer to use a credit card.

Workshop Leader: Stan Shadick. Click for more information about your workshop leader.

Birding Tours: Click here to see a complete list of our upcoming tours and workshops.

Workshop 1. Early Fall Warbler Migrants

Online Workshop: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Sun. August 22, 2021
Warbler species:  Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Connecticut, Mourning, MacGillivray's, American Redstart, Blackburnian, Yellow, Townsend's, Black-throated Green, Wilson's and Canada warblers.

Optional Warbler Field Trip in Saskatoon

9:00 am – 10:30 am. Sunday, August 29, 2021
We will go for a walk in a Saskatoon park to look for warblers. Please wear a mask.

Workshop 2. Late Fall Warbler Migrants

Online Workshop: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Sunday, August 29, 2021
Warbler species:  Black-and-white, Tennessee, Orange-crowned, Nashville, Common Yellowthroat, Cape May, Magnolia, Bay-breasted, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, Palm and Yellow-rumped warblers.

Workshop 3. Vireos and Rare Warblers

Online Workshop: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Monday, September 6, 2021
Vireo species: Blue-headed, Philadelphia, Red-eyed and Warbling vireos.
Rare Warbler species:  Hooded,  Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue, Pine and Prairie warblers.

Warbler Walking Tour
Canada Warbler by Nick Saunders

PREVIOUS WORKSHOP TESTIMONIAL

Both my mom and I really enjoyed the [Birding by Ear]workshop series. It’s the first time either of us has felt like we could fit birds and their songs into a framework to remember rather than placing it in a jumbled, confusing heap of facts that slip away almost immediately. You made it very accessible! (E.M. Saskatoon May 2021)

PRIVATE WARBLER TOURS AVAILABLE

Stan Shadick also offers private warbler walking tours for individuals and families in Saskatoon. During these fall migration morning tours, we seek out warblers and other songbirds. Click here for details.