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Basic Winter Bird Identification Zoom Presentation

February 25, 2021 @ 5:30 pm


Have you ever wondered what types of birds are in your backyard through the cold Connecticut winter? Have you heard a small chirp in your shrubs outside or high in a tree and thought, “I wonder who that was”? Are you excited about observing birds at your feeder this winter and want to know where to begin? Please join us on Thursday, February 25 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom for this Basic Winter Bird Identification presentation where Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge’s wildlife biologist – Kris Vagos – will walk you through the process of what to look for, who might be there, a few common bird sounds and how to learn more, other helpful resources, and why she loves birding and observing wildlife.  As an extra bonus, Shaun Roche – Stewart B. McKinney’s Visitor Services Manager – will give a quick introduction to your national wildlife refuge and give you suggestions on places to visit. Registration is required.

Kris Vagos works at Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge as a Wildlife Biologist.  She grew up in southern New Hampshire and attended Boston College for her undergraduate work in Biology and Environmental Studies.  After school, Kris volunteered and worked throughout the United States and other parts of the world.  She was a research assistant at the University of New Hampshire and got her Master’s degree in Natural Resource Management.  Her thesis project focused on what makes non-native shrubs invasive in New England.  Before moving to Connecticut, Kris lived along the southern coast of Maine and worked for Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.

Shaun Roche is the Visitor Services Manager at the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, where he focuses on education and outreach. Shaun grew up in Waterbury and attended Central Connecticut State University where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public history. He worked for the National Park Service at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Home of Theodore Roosevelt) in Oyster Bay, New York from 2004-2010 and then transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, returning to Connecticut in 2010. Shaun lives with his wife and four-year-old twins in Cromwell.

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February 25, 2021
5:30 pm
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