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The Sussex Bird Club | Sparrows Simplified: Making Sense of LBJs

The Sussex Bird Club | Sparrows Simplified: Making Sense of LBJs

Monthly meeting of The Sussex Bird Club. The Sussex Bird Club's primary objective is to promote the knowledge and enjoyment of wild birds through guided field trips and monthly meetings about various aspects of birding. Meetings are open to all and beginning birders are always welcome

Many birders struggle with identifying sparrows, referring to them as LBJs (little brown jobs) or sparrow species. This talk will help you tackle this difficult group. It will discuss, and then attempt to blend, the two main approaches to identification, the Peterson System and the Cape May School. The goal is to lead you to sparrow identification confidence. Each of the 16 species of regularly occurring sparrows in Delaware will be compared and contrasted with some discussion of finding and identifying rarities.

Mike Moore has been a Biology professor for 37 years and is nearing retirement. He was on the faculty at Arizona State University for 27 years, but moved to the University of Delaware in 2009. He has published nearly 100 papers in scientific journals on behavior and hormones of birds and reptiles. He worked as an intern at Manomet Bird Observatory in Massachusetts in college and then completed a PhD in Zoology at the University of Washington on White-crowned Sparrows. He started birding in Massachusetts at 11 years old and has pursued it passionately since with a special interest in identification challenges and chasing rarities.

The Sussex Bird Club and the Lewes Public Library are partnering on the community-wide initiative Lewes Loves Books, a One Book One Community program.

Sunday, February 9, 2020 Show more dates
2:00pm - 4:00pm Eastern Time
Large Meeting Room East, Large Meeting Room West
Lewes Public Library
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