May 25 - May 27, 2018

The Catskill Mountains host 27 different breeding warblers. And at least 9 more species have been documented passing through the region.

In honor of these amazing birds, the 3rd annual Taking Flight Conference is all about warblers.

The conference will be based at the Emerson Resort & Spa in Mt. Tremper, New York.

It's a Catskill weekend you don't want to miss.

Scott Whittle and Tom Stephenson, the co-writers of "The Warbler Guide" 

will lead warbler hikes, warbler workshops (photographing warblers + Warbler ID), and will give the Saturday night keynote address... about warblers.


Scott Whittle

lives in Cape May, NJ and has twenty years of experience as a professional photographer and educator. He holds an MFA in photography from The School of Visual Arts in New York, is a Fellow of The MacDowell Colony and is a onetime New York State Big Year Record Holder.


Tom Stephenson's

articles and photos have appeared in Birding and Bird Watcher's Digest, at and in the Handbook of the Birds of the World. He has guided groups across the United States and Asia. A musician, he has had several Grammy and Academy Award winners as clients and was Director of Technology at Roland Corporation.

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