More details – Shorebird Workshop,Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May, Brandon and Whitewater Lake

Posted on behalf with, and in partnership with the Brandon Birders

Dear Birders,

We are pleased to offer a Shorebird Identification Workshop for the upcoming weekend of May 17th and 18th. The Workshop is designed to help improve shorebird identification skills, and further understanding of the biology of these fascinating birds. Birders of all skill levels are welcome, whether you are part of an organized effort to monitor shorebirds for conservation efforts or just enjoy watching shorebirds in the field. The Workshop is organized in two parts (details set out below). You can attend one of the events or both if you choose.

Friday, May 17th – Shorebird biology and identification session with Tim Poole and Christian Artuso from Manitoba’s Important Birds Area Program. The session will take place at Brandon University in the Brodie Building, Room 3-47 (third floor) from 7-9 pm. Tim and Christian will look at the different shorebirds found in Manitoba, discuss their biology, and talk about the best field marks to identify them.
The doors to the Brodie Building will be unlocked for us between 6:30-7:15 pm. Please be prompt, as the doors will shut after 7:15pm. Free parking is available on the street outside the building or in Lot 10 opposite. The Brodie Building is the first building on the right as you turn West onto Louise Ave from 18th St.°50’37.8″N+99°57’45.7″W

Saturday, May 18th – Field trip to look at shorebirds in the Whitewater Lake IBA with Gillian Richards, Christian Artuso and Tim Poole. The purpose of this trip is to look at the various shorebirds (and other birds) in the field, see identification field marks, learn how to count flocks, and how to monitor these declining birds in their natural habitats.

Participants who wish to car pool from Brandon can meet at Glennis’ house (722 21st St.) at 7:30 am. Parking is on the street or in the driveway.

All participants will meet outside the Bordertown Restaurant and Lounge in Boissevain at 8:30 am. Please note that coffee and snacks will be provided in Boissevain, but bring everything you will need for several hours in the field, including;

  • Binoculars, spotting scope (if you have one)
  • Suitable clothing and footwear (rubber boots might be a good idea), remember it might rain…
  • Water, and a lunch,
  • Insect repellent (yes, the ticks are out), sunscreen and/or a hat.

We don’t expect that much walking will be involved. We estimate that we will finish by 2:00 pm at Whitewater at the latest.

If you plan to attend, please email the Brandon Birders at

We look forward to seeing you there.
Brandon Birders