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Session 1: Introduction to Shorebirds and species coverage of 4 North American shorebird Families (Plovers and Lapwings; Oystercatchers; Stilts and Avocets; Jacanas)

A general overview of these wading birds in the Order Charadriiformes, which also includes skuas, jaegers, gulls, terns, skimmers and alcids, will start the workshop, with some interesting natural history stories about shorebird behavior and migration. Kevin worked four summers in the Alaskan Arctic as a shorebird biologist (1992-95), and he has many interesting tales to tell about these amazing birds. A brief introduction to each of the four family groups listed above will then be followed by comprehensive coverage of each species, including ID tips and natural history information.
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    Kevin Karlson
    Field Guide Author and Photographer
    Kevin Karlson is an accomplished birder, author, professional tour leader and wildlife photographer/instructor. He is a regular at Bird and Nature festivals in North America, where he gives keynote presentations, workshops on bird identification, and photo instruction.

    Kevin’s books include The Shorebird Guide (2007); Birding by Impression: A Different Approach to Bird Identification (2015); Birds of Prey (2017) (all three Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers); and Gulls Simplified: A Comparative Identification Approach (Princeton University Press, 2018). Photography books include The Birds of Cape May and Visions: Earth’s Elements in Bird and Nature Photography (Schiffer Publishing).

    Kevin also produced six photographic laminated foldout ID guides for Quick Reference Publishing (Raptors of Eastern and Western North America (2012); Waterfowl of North America (2013); Warblers of North America (2016); Shorebirds of North America (2014); and Owls and Nightjars of North America (2017).

    While officially retired, Kevin continues to lead select tours and photo workshops for his company Jaeger Tours, and for Wildside Nature Tours.