Date: 7/25/17 7:01 am
From: Sarah Faulkner via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] International Birding Conference in Costa Rica deadline this Friday
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:

Sarah Faulkner, Collinsville
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