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Roger Tory Peterson Birding Festival

Reposted from: The Peterson Journal, June 2009, Volume 6, No. 2

Cattaraugus County Bird Club

A highlight of our year-long Schedule of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roger Tory Peterson is the inaugurating of an annual birding festival to be held this year on June 4, 5, 6 and 7, 2009. The focus of the festival will be Eastern North American Warblers on the Allegheny Plateau. During the course of the festival we will visit habitats where Peterson birded as a youth that are likely to hold singing males on territory, with a goal of sightings all or most of the 25 species of warblers that are known to breed in this area.

Prairie Warbler
Prairie Warbler

Speakers for the four-day event will include 21st century masters Pete Dunne and Kenn Kaufman, who will give keynote addresses at dinners being held on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6.

Kenn Kaufman
Kenn Kaufman speaking!

Expert birders associated with RTPI’s Ornithological Club, Jamestown Audubon Society, Lake Erie Bird Club, Buffalo Ornithological Society and the New York State Ornithological Assocation will conduct birding sessions starting at 7:00 a.m. each day of the festival. There will also be afternoon workshop sessions on Friday and Saturday at 1:00 and 3:00p.m. at Jamestown Community College, including a session for young birds conducted by Kim Kaufman. Both morning and afternoon sessions will be lead by well known birders including Kenn Kaufman, Pete Dunne, Lang Elliott, John Rappole, Scott Stoleson, and Peterson biographer Doug Carlson.

Birding Group

For complete list of festival activities see the registration at, call 800-758-6841 or visit the Roger Tory Peterson Institute to request a copy of the registration form. Any number of options are available for registration. You may sign up for morning and afternoon sessions, which range from no cost to $20, dinners at $35, or for the entire festival at $120.

Bird Club

Come and walk in the footsteps of Roger Tory Peterson, master birder, naturalist, artist, teacher, and author of A Field Guild to the Birds. This extraordinary man, who brought an understanding of nature to millions of people the world over, was born and grew up right here in Jamestown, New York. Here is your built in his honor, and view an exhibition of his work that will be on display during the festival.

Chestnut-sided Warbler
I will be banding on Saturday morning, come visit me!

I know many of us bloggers will be there (will you be there?)! We don’t have any scheduled blogging get-togethers planned but I am sure we will be chatting some!

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3 responses

  1. Tom, I’d be there if I could – actually to see you in action on Saturday morning! Have a wonderful time…

    2 June 2009 at 9:20 pm

  2. Wow, Dunne AND Kaufman? That will be great. Just another thing for me to be jealous about! Wish I could come. 🙂

    2 June 2009 at 11:07 pm

  3. That’s a really nice line-up of speakers. I hope it went well. I hope your banding went well, too. I’ll be looking forward to hearing about it.

    6 June 2009 at 7:49 pm

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