Update on the WFO meeting in Palm Desert
> If you are still up in the air about attending the WFONancy Kenyon
> meeting in Palm Desert (Oct. 13-17), don't stay in the air
> too long. We lose our discounted hotel rate of $111.00
> (up to 3 persons in a room) on October 1 at the Embassy
> Suites in Palm Desert (760-340-6600). Our entire meeting
> remains a very reasonable $89.00 for registration that
> includes all science sessions, all experts identification
> panels, Friday's reception and featured speaker at the
> Living Desert, Friday & Saturday morning field trips, and
> the opening reception on Thursday evening. There are
> still wonderful full day and morning field trips that have
> available space.
> The meeting in Palm Desert offers a number of unique field
> skills workshop opportunities. One of them is an
> opportunity to take a condensed bird sounds identification
> course from Sylvia Gallagher. Sylvia normally teaches her
> amazing workshops in Huntington Beach, CA over a period of
> 8 weeks. Just for this meeting she has agreed to set up a
> mini version of her sounds workshop. This is your chance
> to learn some new tricks for identifying birds in the
> field or to brush up on your listening skills. This
> course is for beginners as well as those who are seasoned
> birders by ear.
> You can also avail yourself of:
> * Field recording with the incomparable Nathan Pieplow.
> * Learn the techniques of skins preparation with a
> dynamic crew of collections managers.
> * Familiarize yourself with the nuances of
> identification of California's winter plumage sparrows
> * And, last but definitely not least, learn the fine
> art of data mining with master miner, Ed Pandolfino
> Take the time to go through the entire meeting offerings
> and schedule by going to
> <http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org> .
> We hope to see you there.