American Tree Sparrow

May 2019 Membership Meeting

Thu, May 9 , 2019
6:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Fairview Community Center
1910 W. County Road B,
Roseville, MN 55113

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“A Sparrow is Not Just A Sparrow: Sparrow Identification in Minnesota ”

with Keith Olstad
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Have you ever passed off a little brown bird, “LBB,” as just another sparrow? Or wondered which sparrow was chirping in your binoculars? On May 9, Keith Olstad will offer tips on identifying the 20-some sparrow species that regularly occur in Minnesota. Using photos, recordings, and field notes, Keith will offer cues for distinguishing sparrows from similar species, and will close the program with a quick exam to test your sparrow ID skills.

A longtime Minneapolis resident, Keith is president of the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis, and is convener of the research team for the Redheaded Woodpecker Recovery Project; he has been a lifelong avid birder and photographer. He has led numerous ecotours to Nicaragua, using migratory birds to focus attention on sustainable development of avi-tourism and our own bird protection and conservation efforts in Minnesota. He led similar ecotours to Namibia and Vietnam, and recently returned from a birding tour in Columbia.

A helpful and easy to read website is the “All About Birds” site of the Cornell Ornithology Lab, where you can find more information about sparrow identification.