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TODD PEPPER – NEW TO HFBF. NOT TO BIRDING.

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Todd Pepper’s resume is two pages long. Thing is, only a few lines outline his academic achievements; he has a Masters of Public Administration from Western. The rest record his experiences and accomplishments as a Field Ornithologist, Birder, Bird Bander, Atllasser, Field Assistant, Doctoral Field Assistant, Official Raptor Counter, Research Assistant in Tibet, Visiting Naturalisit in Point Pelee National Park and Coordinator of the Ontario “Winter List” sightings…to name a few.

Now, Todd may be a first time event leader with HFBF but obviously he’s no stranger when it comes to expertise with our feathered friends.

First and foremost he describes himself as a “birder.”

Todd PepperI have an ABA list of 732 species, including all 687 “regular” breeding species in Canada and the United States, excluding Hawaii. I also have a World List of almost 5,365 species with field birding experience in Canada, United States, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia the South Pacific and China. I also have several first or second confirmed sightings of species in various locations, i.e. first record of Black-faced Spoonbill for the Island of Palawan in the Philippines, and the first confirmed record for the species in the Philippines since 1904. Sighting fully documented submitted and accepted by BirdLife Asia…second recorded sighting of Black Kite on the Island of Luzon in the Philippines, and the first record since 1954. Fully documented, submitted and accepted by the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines. First record of Black-bellied Storm-Petrel for Sri Lanka. Sighting fully documented, submitted to and accepted by the Ceylon Bird Club and a peer reviewed article published in BirdingASIA magazine.

Todd will travel anywhere in search of birds. He is only 3 families away from seeing all 234 families of birds of the world.

He loves sharing knowledge of birds with one and all. You can share his enthusiasm by registering for these events.

BIRDING SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA – Saturday, May 23 – A12 – 6:30 AM – The southern Bruce Peninsula boasts a number of landform features found both within the Huron Fringe and along the Niagara Escarpment. Wetlands and lakes, hardwood forests, fields and hedgerows all provide varied habitats for you to discover. Participants will benefit from Todd’s knowledge of birdsong and breeding bird behaviour.

BIRDING THE J/I LINE – Sunday, May 24 – 27 – 7:30 AM – Grasslands are in decline and grassland bird species are in jeopardy. Bruce County provides a community pasture where Upland Sandpiper, Bobolink, Grasshopper and Clay-coloured sparrows can still be found. Todd’s experience and hearing skills make him an excellent choice to take you on this driving tour.

REGISTER FOR BOTH OF TODD’S EVENTS AT: http//:www.friendsofmacgregor.org/page/registration

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February 19, 2015 at 5:45 pm