Event Title: Winter Prairie Bird Workshop
VMS-AT: AT: Cibolo Nature Center (Enter AT#, Class Title as posted, and Presenter)
Comments: AT23-361 Winter Prairie Bird Workshop, Presenters: Tom and Patsy Inglet (AT=3.0h)
Event Date: 12/9/2023
Event Time: 9:00a-12:00p
There are several dozen sparrow species in North America alone, and this workshop will give you a good starting point for identifying local sparrows by their field marks.
To some, sparrows may seem insignificant—a group of mostly small, mostly brown, superficially similar songbirds. Even those of us who love birds may be tempted to brush sparrows off as LBJs (“little brown jobs”). But the truth is that there are several dozen sparrow species in North America alone, and each is unique with something special to offer.
Sparrows are excellent bioindicators to gauge the health of the prairie ecosystem—an ecosystem that is being converted to cropland and development and being lost at an alarming rate. As the weather continues to turn colder, many types of sparrows are moving south, showing up in prairies, weedy fields, along woodland edges, and at backyard feeders across the Hill Country. This workshop will give you a good starting point for identifying local sparrows by their field marks.
You will also will also learn the protocol for bird surveys on The Cibolo Preserve, a property closed to the public, and be invited to participate for the winter season.
Cibolo Nature Center Auditorium
140 City Park Rd. Boerne, TX 78006
Presenters: Tom and Patsy Inglet
Cibolo Center for Conservation