Wednesday, June 29, 2011

New! 'Bird Sit' at Boyce Thompson on July 9th

'Bird Sit' with Rick Wright & Alison Beringer

July 9th, Saturday, from 6:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Rick Wright and Alison Beringer invite nature lovers to a very different birdwatching experience on July 9th -- a sedentary, peaceful, focused 'bird sit' in the Demonstration Garden at Boyce Thompson Arboretum from 6:30 to 9:00 am. "We'll walk slowly towards the Demonstration Gardens, where we'll install ourselves for what should be a very productive 'puddle watch' as birds arrive and depart for a drink or a bath. We can hope for good numbers of Lucy's and Yellow Warblers, and even such secretive birds as Bell's Vireo and Yellow-breasted Chat often emerge from the thickets near the Arboretum's Woodland Garden for good views at the artificial stream. And there's always the chance of a surprise," said Wright, who saw a rare Indigo Bunting and also a Blue Grosbeak near this spot just a week ago.

This was taken in Scottsdale, but there is an active
 Cooper's Hawk nest right now with baby Coop's
at the Arboretum.
 Senior Leader at WINGS Birding Tours Worldwide, Wright is one of Arizona's experts in hard-to-identify birds such as sparrows, flycatchers, and warblers. A native of southeast Nebraska, Rick attended the University of Nebraska and Harvard Law School, and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University. As an undergraduate, he taught laboratory courses in ornithology; in 1985, he was a founder of the Nebraska Ornithologists' Union Bird Records Committee.  Rick taught at Princeton, Rutgers, Fordham, and the University of Illinois.  A frequent lecturer at birding festivals and conventions, Rick enjoys all kinds of birding, from the frantic pace of the World Series to quiet puddle watching. His wife, Alison Beringer, is a professor at Montclair State University, New Jersey, and an equally enthusiastic and equally experienced birder in her own right. This unique outing is included in the regular daily admission of $7.50 for adults ($3 ages 5-12) and there's no pre-registration required; just be in the Arboretum's visitor center lobby at the 6:30 a.m. start time. Read more about Wright's tours and guiding at or connect with him on Facebook .

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