[CT Birds] International Birding Conference in Costa Rica deadline this Friday

sffaulkner at comcast.net sffaulkner at comcast.net
Tue Jul 25 08:50:22 EDT 2017

Hi All, 

I'm sending this email at a request. There is an international birding conference being held Nov 1-5 in Costa Rica, sponsored in association with the American Birding Association, Birdwatcher’s Digest, National Audubon Society, and Swarovski Optik and run by Holbrook Travel. The cost is phenonmenal -- $1075 for 5 days, and the agenda is: 

Facts and Trends in the US Birding Market 
Friday, November 3, 1:30-2:15 pm 
Ben Lizdas, Advertising Sales Director, Bird Watcher’s Digest 

Bird-Based Tourism as an Economic Development Tool 
Friday, November 3, 2:45-3:30 pm 
Matt Jeffery, International Alliances Program, National Audubon Society 

Field Trips and Birding Tours for Community Building 
Saturday, November 4, 1:30-2:15 pm 
Christine Tanzer, Field Trip Coordinator, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin 

Increasing Youth Participation in Birding 
Saturday, November 4, 2:45-3:30 pm 
Bill Stewart, Director of Conservation and Community, American Birding Association 

Birding Optics Workshop – The Basics & Beyond 
Saturday, November 4, 4:00-4:45 pm 
Overview of the basics and latest trends in birding optics, from binoculars to scopes to lenses. Understand how to find the optics that suit you best. 
Alex Villegas, Costa Rican representative, Swarovski Optik Evening Presentations 

The Meso-American Biological Corridor 
Friday, November 3, post-dinner 
Willy Pineda, Costa Rican biologist 

Research at La Selva Biological Station 
Saturday, November 4, post-dinner 
Carlos de la Rosa, Director of the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) 

Additional Costa Rican Nature and Birding Organizations 
The conference has invited several local organizations to participate, including: 
Ornithological Society of Costa Rica 
Raptor Society of Costa Rica (La Fundación Rapaces) 

To find out more and register, go to: http://www.holbrooktravel.com/where-we-travel/americas/costa-rica/costa-rica-2017-international-birding-conference 

Sarah Faulkner, Collinsville 

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