By: Pat Coate
On June 10-13 the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, NY held its second birding festival. The days were filled with wonderful field trips led by incredible guides, and workshops by some of the top men and women in the field. I feel very lucky to have this opportunity so close to home and I really, really enjoyed myself (I sense a certain son of mine will shake his head as he reads this – and speaking of shakes, we felt the tremors from the 5.5 earthquake centered near Ottawa, Canada on 6/23, a first for me).
The yellow-billed cuckoo shown above was one of the many (over 50?) species seen on the Woodchuck Hill field trip. It was a crowd pleaser, giving the whole group an unusually long look. It seemed to many attendees that there are more cuckoos around this year, likely because of the abundance of tent caterpillars.
This weekend the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) celebrated the 100th anniversary for the birth of Roger Tory Peterson with a big birding festival. RTPI had lined up a world series of speakers and had many participants for his celebration.
Reposted from: The Peterson Journal, June 2009, Volume 6, No. 2
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. (more…)