“Field marks” are those aspects of an individual bird that are unique. They allow us to separate one bird from another, males from females, and younger birds from adults. We’ll look at classic field marks such as eye rings, malar stripes, and stick pins. We’ll talk about bird size (we can compare everything to an American Robin), proportions (is the tail relatively long or short?), and flight pattern (straight and fast, undulating, circling). Learning to recognize bird songs and vocalizations can help you identify particularly illusive birds, even if you can’t see them. And, oh yes, color! Terry will help train your eye and hone our skills at finding and identifying birds.
Terry has a BS in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MS in Zoology from Idaho State University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy from BSU. He served as the national Migratory Bird Program Coordinator for the Bureau of Land Management from 1992-2000, and as Partners in Flight National Coordinator (www.PartnersInFlight.org) from 2000-2014. Terry’s interest in birds and bird conservation began in Wisconsin where he grew up only 8 miles from Aldo Leopold’s famous “shack” and where his parents took him countless times to bird and botanize. Terry continues to be an avid birder, and currently serves on the boards of the Golden Eagle Audubon Society, Great Basin Bird Observatory, and American Birding Association.