Just in time for the spring migration, two March workshops will offer birders an opportunity to improve their shorebird identification skills.


Manomet Conservation Speclialist Brad Winn will lead a session on March 13 for beginner to intermediate birders and another session on March 20 for advanced birders. Both sessions will be free and will be held at Manomet headquarters in Plymouth, Massachusetts.


“This will be a fun way to brush up on your skills or to get into birding for the first time,” Winn said. “Even for beginners, if you attend the first workshop you will be prepared to attend the expert workshop as well.”


Winn recently celebrated his one year anniversary at Manomet, having joined the Shorebird Recovery Project as a conservation specialist in February 2011.


He previously worked for 17 years as a program manager for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division. During his time in Georgia, he worked with Manomet scientists on Red Knot studies.


Brad has participated in eight research expeditions to Arctic shorebird breeding areas in Alaska and eastern Canada, including six with Manomet Director of Shorebird Science Stephen Brown. He is also an accomplished wildlife photographer and his photos appeared in the 2006 book “Arctic Wings: Birds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.”


In 2011, Brad began conducting workshops for state and federal land managers on shorebird habitat conservation.


“We’re delighted that Brad came to work at Manomet,” said Shorebird Recovery Project Director Charles Duncan. “These identification workshops will be extremely valuable for anyone who is interested in shorebirds.”


Anyone interested in attending the workshops should contact Jennie Robbins at jrobbins@manomet.org or 508-224-6521.