A brief discussion of binoculars and field guides will help you get the most of these essential pieces of equipment. Then Dr. Greij will highlight the use of field marks and silhouettes in bird identification, as well as dispelling the mystery between some common species that are hard to tell apart, like house and purple finches, downy and hairy woodpeckers, lesser and greater yellowlegs, and sharp-shinned and Cooper’s hawks. Knowing bird songs for identification will also be discussed.
Dr. Greij was born and raised in North Dakota, earning an M.S. from North Dakota State University and a PhD from Iowa State University. He taught at Hope College for 26 years and also started and edited “Birder's World” (now “Birdwatcher”) magazine in 1988. He’s a free-lance writer, a birding trip tour guide and frequent presenter on birds.
The event is free to the public. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served. For more information, visit www.hollandaudubon.org.