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Session 2 – Sandpipers and Phalaropes

Thirty-six of the roughly 50 species of shorebirds that breed in N. America are grouped in the Family Scolopacidae, including sandpipers and phalaropes. Some of these provide the most difficult ID challenges for birders, so we will only cover this group in this session. Kevin will provide a general overview of each species, with some comparisons of similar species. The really in depth coverage of the most difficult shorebird species will be covered in session 3.

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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.