WVC Speaks: The Birds of Wenatchee Confluence Park

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September 30, 2016

Dr. Dan StephensDr. Dan Stephens will present “The Birds of Wenatchee Confluence Park: A Pictorial Tour” at the next Wenatchee Valley College Speaks Lecture Series. The lecture is Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in The Grove Recital Hall, Music and Art Center. It is free and open to the public.

Stephens has studied the birds of Confluence Park extensively since the fall of 1990. His talk will include beautiful images of over half of the 235 species recorded at the park, ordered chronologically from the first arrivals in early spring to winter. Stephens will discuss where they migrate to and from and the biology of local breeders. A question and answer session will follow the lecture.

Stephens identified his first bird in 1960, a water ouzel, and has been keenly interested in birds since. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Boise State University, a master’s degree at Central Washington University and a doctorate at Idaho State University, all in biology. At CWU, he studied foraging ecology of shrub-steppe birds, work that is published in the “sage thrasher” account of Birds of North America. He has birded from Alaska to New York and south to Florida, California and Guatemala.

He has worked at WVC since 1990. He teaches ornithology, the biology majors sequence, environmental science, Northwest Environments and Northwest Nature Writing, a learning community.