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IFO: Winter Sparrows of the Southwest

Winter Sparrows of the Southwest – IFOWhen: January 21-26, 2016
Where: Sierra Vista, Arizona
How Much: TBA
Limit: 6 people
Instructor: Homer Hansen
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Southeastern Arizona is home to many resident species of breeding sparrows and a favored location for migrants to overwinter. We will visit semi-desert grasslands and riparian woodlands to observe the behavior and habitat selection of over 20 species of sparrows, towhees, and longspurs. Daily outings will be followed by classroom presentations on identification, vocalizations, ecology, natural history, and conservation. Potential highlights include Cassin’s, Rufous-winged, Black-chinned, and Baird’s Sparrows and Chestnut-collared and McCown’s Longspurs. Other birds of interest that may be seen include Ferruginous Hawk, Scaled Quail, Bendire’s Thrasher, and Mountain Plover.

Note: Significant increase of the price of gasoline MAY require a fuel surcharge of up to $25 per person
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To see some of the highlights from previous years see the Summary and Species List:
Winter Sparrows IFO Dec 2012 Summary
Winter Sparrow IFO Dec 2012 Species List

Lark Sparrow is common and distinctive with its striking head pattern and white in the outer tail. (Photo by Bill Schmoker).

 

About the Instructor

 

Instructor Homer Hansen

Instructor Homer Hansen

Homer Hansen has been birding for nearly two decades in the southwest and grew up surrounded by Sandhill Cranes in winter and Cassin’s Sparrows in summer. He is a native of Willcox, Arizona and has been the chairman of the annual Wings Over Willcox Birding & Nature Festival for over a decade. Homer is the author of the G.I.S.S. Series bird identification guides and is a regular presenter and trip leader for birding festivals, Audubon societies, and birding organizations. Homer also instructs numerous birding workshops on sparrows, raptors, flycatchers, warblers, birding by ear, and bird ecology, including the Moving to Mastery courses for the Tucson Audubon Society and the Southwestern Sparrows IFO for the American Birding Association. Homer loves the outdoors and watching birds, and especially enjoys the challenges of complex identifications and learning about the nature of birds. Homer earned his B.S. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona and now is the president and owner of Aplomado Environmental providing services to characterize and remove contaminants from soil and groundwater.

The nondescript Cassin’s Sparrow’s lack of salient field marks is itself helpful in identification. Learn how behavior and voice help in ID. (Photo © G. Armistead)