Howdy MOBIRDers,


A Winter Sparrow and Raptor Bird ID Workshop will be held on March 9-10 (Friday and Saturday) at Bradford Farms and Eagle Bluffs CA, sponsored by the Audubon Society of Missouri, Missouri Department of Conservation, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This workshop is free and open to the general public and will include some MDC staff. Space is limited to 30 attendees, so sign up at the link below if interested; a waiting list will be compiled if we experience high demand.  Preference will be given to those who can attend both days of the workshop. More details below.


Winter Sparrow and Raptor ID Workshop

March 9-10 (noon on the 9th – noon on the 10th) at Bradford Farms and Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area

Register by March 5:

Workshop Description:

Have you ever been stumped identifying sparrows or raptors? Of course you have! Who hasn’t?

If you’d like to work on your ID skills for these groups of birds, please join us for our Winter Sparrow and Raptor ID Workshop at Bradford Farm and Eagle Bluffs on March 9 and 10. This workshop is sponsored by the Audubon Society of Missouri (ASM), the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Workshop participants will experience a mix of classroom presentations on bird ID followed by field sessions at Bradford Farms and Eagle Bluffs to practice ID in the field. Instructors include retired MDC State Ornithologist Brad Jacobs and USFWS Endangered Species Coordinator Paul McKenzie.

The workshop will be held at Bradford and Eagle Bluffs with fairly easy walking. More details will be sent to registrants closer to the date. The workshop is free and open to the general public. These groups of birds are tough to ID, so this workshop will fill quickly – sign up soon if you can make it!

Workshop contact: Sarah Kendrick at [log in to unmask]


Tentative Agenda:

March 9 – Bradford Farms Research Center

(Please eat lunch before you arrive.)

Noon – Early Afternoon: Classroom presentations on ID at Bradford Farms (old bldg)

Early Afternoon – Dinner time: Sparrow and Raptor ID practice on the area

Dinner: Simple catered dinner at Bradford classroom

After Dinner – Dark: ID practice on the area

March 10 – Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area

(Bagels and snacks provided.)

Early Morning: Meet at EB headquarters for summary and ID practice on the area

Late Morning: EB headquarters for bagels and classroom wrap-up

Afternoon (optional): More ID practice on the area


Let me know if you have any questions, and happy birding!



Sarah Kendrick

State Ornithologist

Missouri Department of Conservation

2901 W Truman Boulevard

PO Box 180

Jefferson City, MO 65102

Office: (573) 522-4115 Ext. 3262

Fax: (573) 526-4663

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