When: January 19-24, 2017
Where: Sierra Vista, Arizona
How Much: $1495
Limit: 6 people
Instructor: Homer Hansen
What is an IFO?
The ABA’s Institute for Field Ornithology traces its origins back to 1983. The IFO was created as an ABA member service with the goal of offering novel opportunities for the study of birds. Our IFO programs combine field birding with an educational element to enrich your birding. They are meant to be fun and educational. Some IFOs are more field-oriented while others have more of a classroom element. Each IFO features expert and friendly instructors whose chief goals are to educate the IFO program’s participants, and help ensure that everyone enjoys a good experience. IFO programs are designed for ABA members and typically have a limit of no more than 25 participants, but often group size ranges from 8-20 people. An IFO may be based at a single location so that each night is spent in the same area, or a program may cover several separate regions, requiring the group to change lodging a couple of times. Most IFO programs are several days in length (4-7 days) but occasionally we offer single-day events too.
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.
Workshop Details: winter-sparrows-of-the-sw-ifo-jan-2017
REGISTRATION & CANCELLATIONS: Cost of the workshop is $1,495 per person (a supplement of $320 is required for single occupancy), please call (800) 850-2473 to register. A refund minus ($ 150)will be given for cancellations more than 90 days before the workshop. Cancellations less than 90 days before the workshop will forfeit 20% of the workshop fee. Cancelations less than 30 days before the workshop will forfeit 100% of the workshop fee unless the space is filled by another participant. All cancellations require a $150.00 processing fee. With regard to cancellation of the workshop, the ABA is not responsible for any travel ticket fees or reimbursements due to workshop cancellation under any circumstance.
About the Instructor
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.