Student Programs

Upcoming Events & News

Upcoming Events


Monthly Student Programs Zoom Meetings

Please mark your calendars for the first Friday of each month for our WFO student member zoom meeting. First-time attendees are welcome to join the meeting! Membership is required for repeat attendance. All student members will receive an invite to attend. Students with financial hardship may email Student Programs to request a free introductory membership.

Upcoming Program:

The Tule Goose Anser albifrons elgasi
ALEX CHO • Jon L. DUNN
MARCH 5, 2021 • 5 PM

The Tule Goose has long been a bird of mystery with their breeding and wintering grounds poorly known. Most folks weren't even sure what it was until Delacour and Ripley formerly named it in 1975. We now know they breed in between Cook Inlet and the Alaska Range in southern Alaska. They primarily winter in the western Sacramento Valley, best found at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge. The Greater White-fronted Goose (Tule Goose) Anser albifrons elgasi is a physically distinct subspecies from our smaller sponsa subspecies. With its deeper, lower calls and different feeding ecology, they should perhaps be considered a distinct species.
     This talk will focus on their distribution, feeding ecology, and identification of this distinctive goose. 
Photo by Alex Cho.

Ask The Expert
JON L. DUNN • March 10, 2021 • 6 PM

You’ve got questions about birds and Jon L. Dunn has the answers. Jon is the current President of Western Field Ornithologists, is a leading expert on the identification and distribution of North American birds, was the Chief Consultant to the first five editions of National Geographic Society’s Field Guides to Birds of North America and is now listed as the author (with Jonathan Alderfer) for the 6th and 7th editions, author of several videos on the Large and Small Gulls and Hummingbirds of North America, co-authored Birds of Southern California and the epic work the Field Guide to Warblers with his long-time childhood friend, Kimball L. Garrett, has served as a member of the North American Classification Committee (NACC) of the AOS, and is a senior tour leader for Wings. Be sure to sign up for this one-of-a-kind opportunity.

LOOKING AHEAD:
MARK YOUR 2021 CALENDAR

Don't miss out on the upcoming Student Program meetings and Ask the Expert via Zoom. Please tell a bird-loving friend about WFO and encourage them to join us.

Fridays at 5 PM – April 9, May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3, October 1, November 5 and December 3.

Wednesdays at 6 PM – April 14, May 12, June 9, July 7, August 11, September 8, October 6, November 10, and December 8.

Check out past Zoom meeting presentations here

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WFO Newsletter Opportunities
Quarterly Online Newsletter

WFO has created an online newsletter for all its members. This splendid document has a wealth of informative articles with several written by students. Click here to download the latest newsletter. Students are invited and encouraged to submit their original articles on any bird- related topic—limit of 300 words or less—and/or submit your bird photos, sketches, and field notebook pages to the newsletter. WFO members look forward to reading and seeing what the student birders are doing. Submit your work to: studentprog@westernfieldornithologists.org


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Meet the Student Programs Committee Youth Council


Calvin Bonn is a 14-year-old birder from Redondo Beach, California, and has been birding since he was 8! He enjoys birding in his local parks because there are so many exciting discoveries — from nests to unusual behaviors to new birds themselves! He has a passion for bird conservation and wants to be a field biologist after college. He has done Least Tern and Snowy Plover surveys with USFWS and has studied the distribution of sapsuckers in his area.  He is very excited to be part of these new meetings!

Justina Martelli is a 17-year-old naturalist from Thousand Oaks, California. Having a strong passion for exploration of the outdoors, she is an avid photographer and takes field notes wherever adventure brings her. She is a California Condor ambassador and stays involved with the Pasadena and Conejo Valley Audubon Societies. She plans to study mycology and additionally focus on field work and research in college, taking birding and music (piano, guitar, and voice) along with her other studies as well. With much anticipation, she looks forward to the bright future of WFO!

Santiago Tabares is a 17-year-old nature enthusiast biking and birding around Denver, Colorado, and has been watching birds since he was 4! While birding, he obtains audio recordings and photos of whatever he encounters, including butterflies, reptiles, and all sorts of other critters. He has volunteered with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies in bird banding, Denver Audubon, Hawkwatch, Monarch butterflies tagging, and co-founded the Denver Audubon Young Birder Club. He is very excited to be working with WFO to continue supporting young birders through these meetings!

Lara Tseng is an avid 14-year-old birdwatcher from Lake Forest, California. She has a passion for combining technology and conservation and hopes to study biotechnology. She has volunteered for the Cavity Conservation Initiative, Tree Care for Birds and Other Wildlife, Sea & Sage Audubon, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, along with other environment-related organizations. She is a Western Bluebird monitor and currently is doing a research project on eggshell consumption during the breeding season on these birds with the help of the Southern California Bluebird Club and has done past studies on eggshell consumption as well. As a fairly new member, she hopes to connect with other WFO students and is excited for what these meetings have to offer!