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420Optics Field Day

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  • JWeintraub@fullerton.edu
    Oct 1, 2001
      There is a first-of-its-kind event that Sea and Sage is hosting at the
      end of this month that you should be aware of. On Sat. and Sun., Oct.
      27th & 28th, from 8 to 3 pm, at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
      Irvine, a number of booths (and demonstrators) will be available
      showing the latest in birding optics. If you want to see and compare
      the latest in optical technology (Bausch & Lomb, Bogen, Brunton, Eagle
      Optics, Leica, Meade, Opticron, Optolyth, Pentax, Scope City,
      Swarovski, Swift, Zeiss) this is your chance. There will probably
      also be information on spotting scopes as well. THERE IS NO CHARGE
      for attending the Optics Field Days. You can always bird San Joaquin
      as well that day. There are catered sack lunches available for both
      days ($6.50 for sandwich, dessert and soda) but you probably need to
      reserve one of those. In addition, there are a number of workshops
      that do have fees with some of that $$$ going to Sea and Sage.
      Saturday Workshops include: artist John Schmitt for 2 hours on field
      sketching, author Ned Harris for an hour on Raptors in Flight, Better
      View Desired's Stephen Ingraham on a Review of Optics and Birding
      Accessories, photographer Clay Taylor on Spotting Scope Photography,
      and myself on Testing Birding Optics. Sunday Workshops include: Clay
      Taylor on Spotting Scope Photography, myself on Repairing and
      adjusting binoculars (cheap ones!!!, like Bushnell Porro Prisms), John
      Schmitt on field sketching, Ned Harris on Raptors in Flight, author
      and all around expert Kimball Garrett on mistaken identifications, and
      author and expert birder Jon Dunn on Shorebirds. The people coming in
      to give the workshops are top notch and for the most part, nationally
      known. There is more information on the Sea and Sage website at
      or call Audubon House at 949-261-7963. Remember, the general event is
      open free to the public, it's only the workshops you need to reserve a
      place (as space is limited)and pay a fee. Call Audubon House at 949
      261-7963 for more information.

      See you there...

      Joel Weintraub
      Dana Point, CA.