Aspiring bird-watchers will be interested in a workshop beginning this weekend on learning to identify birds.
It is titled the Intermediate Bird ID Workshop and is put on by the Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas.
It takes place Feb 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, and part two is March 7, also 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Battlefords Wildlife Federation. They are also holding beginner bird ID workshops in Lloydminster Feb. 28 and Wainwright March 6.
According to their Facebook page the series in the Battlefords will focus on identification features of 120 local birds, as well as how to use your bird guide or birding app to identify birds. Week one will focus on waterbirds, gulls and terns, grouse, raptors, shorebirds, and woodpeckers. March 7 will focus on doves, flycatchers, swallows, warblers, wrens, thrushes, sparrows, blackbirds, and related songbirds.
Participants are being encouraged to bring their field guides and download the free Merlin bird app onto their smartphones. All age and skill levels are welcome. Lunch is provided by the Battlefords Wildlife Federation.