Wayne County Birding

Treasuring The Wildlife Jewel of Ohio's Heartland

2021 Birding & Field Biology Symposium

May 22-23 and May 29-30, 2021

OARDC Shisler Conference Center (it's now called CFAES... but ya know...)

DAVID ALLEN SIBLEY: keynote address Sunday, May 23, 3:30

-- limited seating to be involved in Q&A

-- or watch from home via Zoom

RESERVE YOUR SPACE


WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A BIRD

Renowned ornithologist and author David Allen Sibley's new book What It's Like To Be A Bird is available for purchase now! The book can be purchased here:

https://www.josephbeth.com/book/9780307957894?fbclid=IwAR2HnxuaLP3D06zKmHO0pMsO0Nt5idTDOBRzhN-0WLp_kMpqqeT5i8dbvFU

First Weekend's Events: May 22-23

Saturday, May 22, 2021

  • 7:15 - Registration, Shisler Conference Center; Claim your lanyard if not already received in advanced;

  • 7:45 - Opening Remarks: Dr. Hannan

  • 8:00-12:00 - Presentations in Three Rooms To Choose From (( AVAILABLE BY ZOOM if you cannot attend ))

  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM -- Guided Field Stations Throughout Wayne County; Possibly small-group field trips with transportation provided

Sunday, May 23, 2021

  • 8:00-12:00 -- Presentations, Continued

  • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM -- Guided Field Stations, continued; ? Field Trips again

  • 3:30-4:30 -- Keynote Address: World Renowned Author, Artist and Wildlife Ambassador David Allen Sibley: "The Art of Identification"


Final Weekend's Events: May 29-30

Saturday, May 29, 2021

  • 8-11 AM; ROMICH PAVILION, BARNES PRESERVE -- Family Event: Adult-child pairs

    • Legendary Don and Diane Plant will lead a short talk on Bluebirds

    • Then you will assemble a pre-cut, pre-drilled bird box to take home and install

    • All ages welcome;

    • One adult (minimum) per child under 12; children 12 and older may join their siblings without a parent

  • OUTDOOR PAVILION EVENTS

    • Speakers at various sites in Wayne County to share the birds and other critters with attendees

    • Details TBA -- will be determined by the number of volunteer "naturalists" available to help/speak/lead

Sunday, May 30, 2021

  • GRAND FINALE: SIX-PERSON BIG DAY COMPETION --- WITH TROPHY AND BRAGGING RIGHTS AT STAKE

    • Assemble your team of paid attendees --- no more than six

    • The starter pistol goes off at MIDNIGHT (12:00:00) Sunday morning

    • You'll be able to split into TWO EQUAL GROUPS (2 and 2 or 3 and 3) to divide the work

    • MOST SPECIES SEEN OR HEARD WITH YOUR FEET INSIDE WAYNE COUNTY = WINNER

      • In the event of a tie: we will add up the total ABA RARITY CODE SCORE

      • If still a tie (seriously?????) we will have a duel (Hi, Timmy! you savage) with super-soakers (there will never be a tie, lol)

          • (I'll have a tie-breaker TRIVIA CONTEST if there's really a tie after both tiers)