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Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

Birdwatching Stories from a Naturalist

Evening Program

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1A0109S
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Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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Prothonotary warbler (Photo: Wayne Bierbaum)


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How can you tell a downy woodpecker from a hairy one? A Cooper’s hawk from a sharp-shinned hawk? Liana Vitali, naturalist and educator at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, shares tips, facts, and resources for dedicated birders and birding beginners alike. She'll also share findings from over 20 years of avian research at the Sanctuary including insights into migratory behaviors as well as a few phenomena that have left even the experts puzzled.   

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, just 12 miles outside Washington, D.C., is the jewel of the Patuxent River. Its 1,700 acres of open water, tidal freshwater marshes, forested wetlands, upland and riparian forest, creeks, meadows, pine and sand barrens, and fields along the eastern shore of the Patuxent contain multitudes of welcoming habitats for a true diversity of bird species. As one of the Nationally Important Bird Areas, the Sanctuary is a valuable place to conduct bird-related research projects like mist netting studies for forest songbirds and waterbird surveys for ducks and wetlands raptors.

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