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Field Trip Departures / 7am

The John Burroughs Natural History Society is hard at work planning sensational birding hikes and field trips throughout the Catskills and Hudson Valley. Check back periodically for updates and more information.

Sign ups will be available September 13-15 at the Conference’s registration table.

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Create a Bird-Friendly Yard / Tod Winston / 2:20 - 3pm

“Plant it and they will come” is the new mantra for those wishing to attract birdlife to their yards and gardens—the “it” being native plants, which have co-evolved for millions of years with our native birds. 

Join Audubon’s former Plants for Birds program manager Tod Winston for a fun and bird-song-filled exploration of the deep connections between native plants and birds: Learn why native plants are so important, and how you can create a bird-friendly, bird-filled habitat in your own yard. 

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Dinner + Keynote /Nathan Pieplow / 6pm

Banquet will be served at 6pm, followed by the keynote address by Nathan Pieplow: The Language of Birds

All around us, the birds are constantly telling us who they are and what they are doing. In this keynote presentation, Nathan Pieplow unlocks the secrets of their language. You’ll listen in on the pillow talk of a pair of Red-winged Blackbirds, and learn the secret signals that Cliff Swallows use when they have found food. You’ll learn how one bird sound can have many meanings, and how one meaning can have many sounds—and how, sometimes, the meaning isn’t in the sounds at all. This talk from the author of the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds is an accessible, entertaining introduction to a fascinating topic.

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