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8th SparrowFest Workshop 2013
Southwest Region, March 26, 2013
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LeConte's Sparrow at Balcones Canyonlands SparrowFest Workshop taken by Deidre Asbjorn
LeConte's Sparrow at Balcones Canyonlands SparrowFest Workshop taken by Deidre Asbjorn - Photo Credit: Deidre Ashbjorn

During winter and early spring, central Texas is one of the best locations in the United States for the study of native sparrows. This workshop focused on field identification of the 20-plus species of native sparrows that occur regularly each year in central Texas. Classroom sessions were alternated with field trips to a variety of habitats to give participants the best opportunity to practice identification techniques and to maximize the chance to observe the large numbers and variety of sparrows present in the grasslands and scrub environments of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. The workshop leaders, Byron Stone, Bill Reiner, Randy Pinkston, and Jeff Patterson, all have a great deal of experience with teaching and conducting field trips to observe sparrows and other specialty birds of central Texas. Participants typically see at least 15 species of sparrows and each class is limited to about 10 participants. SparrowFest is conducted as a one-day workshop by the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Snacks, breakfast, lunch and a "Sparrow Countdown and Happy Hour" in the evening was included in the price of admission. The Friend of Balcones also co-sponsor the Balcones Songbird Festival in late April and the Chimney Swift Festival in September.


Contact Info: Deborah Holle, (512)339-9432 ext. 10, Deborah_Holle@fws.gov



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