7 p.m. refreshments, 7:30 program
Warblers are a favorite of many birders, but they are often a challenge to identify. Their size, speed, and preferred habitats can make them difficult to see, much less name! In their new, critically acclaimed book The Warbler Guide, Scott Whittle and Tom Stephenson tackle this problem and come up with some useful solutions. Scott will talk about important but often overlooked ID points such as overall contrast, subtle facial features, general color impression, feather edging, and behavior. He will also present the guide’s revolutionary system for studying and memorizing vocalizations that can give the warbler enthusiast a whole new set of tools for identification by ear. He will show that once birders have a trained eye and ear, even partial views of the bird can be valuable and diagnostic—and that with the right information, every look at a bird can be a good look!
Scott Whittle has 20 years of experience as a professional photographer and educator. He earned an MFA in photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York, is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, has held the New York State Big Year record, and has birded throughout the United States. He lives in Cape May, New Jersey, where he leads workshops and pursues his passion for birds and photography.