The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory is pleased to host: Raptor Identification Workshop With William S. Clark. (Virtual via Zoom)

If you missed out on the Texas Ornithological Society’s Raptor ID class with Bill Clark, here’s your second chance!

Purchase your tickets here!

Bill Clark is a photographer, author, researcher, and lecturer and has over 50 years of experience working with birds of prey, including 5 years as Director of NWF’s Raptor Information Center. He has published numerous articles on raptor subjects; has traveled extensively world-wide studying, observing, and photographing raptors; and regularly led raptor and birding tours and workshops, both home and abroad. Bill regularly teaches evening and weekend courses on raptor field identification and biology in the US and Canada. He has written a raptor field guide for Europe and another for Mexico and Central America and yet another for Africa is in press. He is a coauthor of the Photographic Guide to North American Raptors and the completely revised Peterson series guide, Hawks. He has on-going research projects on Harlan’s Hawk, White-tailed Hawk, and Harris’s Hawk.

Start the weekend off with a class on Friday evening introducing raptors. Subjects include field marks, shape, measurements, terminology, feathers, molt, and raptor flight identification. Then review and learn about vultures, Osprey, and harriers. He will show photos of many raptors in hand and will discuss their vocalizations and aspects of their biology. We will have Bill’s books available in our online store. 

On Saturday, Bill will present a series of lectures about identifying Accipiters and Buteonines.  Then he will discuss Eagles, Kites, and Falcons. Finally, he will cover some of the more unusual plumages that one might encounter in the wild.

Unfamiliar with Zoom and online workshops? Not to worry! Zoom is quite easy to use on either a computer or smart phone. Our staff is willing and able to answer any questions that you have about this virtual format.

The cost for Friday and Saturday is $100 per person (non-refundable). Please call GCBO at 979-480-0999 or fill out this form to reserve your spot and make payment.

Workshop schedule:

Friday, Oct 16 –             6:00pm – 8:00pm – Zoom raptor ID class      

  • I. Introduction. (Field marks, shape, measurements, terminology, feathers, molt).
  • II. Review of raptor flight ID, vultures, Osprey, and harrier.

Saturday, Oct 17-        9:00am – 11:00am – Zoom raptor ID class

  • III. Accipiters: Cooper’s vs Sharp-shinned Hawks
  • IV. Buteonines

                                        1:00pm – 3:00pm – Zoom raptor ID class

  • V. Eagles, Kites, & Falcons.
  • VI. Unusual plumages & Raptor ID summary


Course texts: 

Hawks of North America Second Edition (Peterson Field Guide)

Photographic Guide to N. A. Raptors.

Additional texts by Bill:

Raptors of Mexico and Central America