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Beginning Ornithology Class Completed and More on the Way

Improve your birding skills in the upcoming classes

By Becky Serabrini

Last December, nineteen students completed a beginning ornithology class sponsored by Eastside Audubon that ran for five weeks and offered three field trips. Mixing scientific review of bird biology, feathers and migration with anecdotes about bird (and people!) behavior around the world kept the students’ attention. The field trips were to Juanita Bay Park, spots along the Green River, and the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. Ornithology class in action at the Green River, by Margaret EllsworthMargaret Ellsworth’s “action shot” of birders at right well captures the engagement everyone had with the outings.

This class was an immersion that garnered rave reviews on the subsequent class survey, and I also heard inspired stories about purchases of new binoculars, solo birding outings, and the best way to get your spouse to let you go on a weekend birding trip. (The answer to that last one is “invite them along”.)

Beginning Ornithology Class 2016, by Becky SerabriniWhile the instructor, Dan Froehlich, gets the credit for providing a great experience for the students last Fall, I’m happy to say we have a wonderful schedule lining up for spring this year.

Next Classes

The March classes are open for registration now, with April and May classes to follow soon. The fastest way to know when registration opens is to be sure your current email address is on the Announcements email list. An adult education page on the EAS website is also in the works.

 

Here’s an overview of what’s ahead:

Learning to Bird by Ear: Common Residents of Puget Sound

Thursday, March 16 with optional field trip on Sunday, March 17

Just in time for spring, Eastside Audubon is pleased to offer the first of two birding by ear classes that will be taught by Master Birder, Penny Rose. An evening of classroom instruction will be followed by an optional field trip that Sunday. Registration is limited to 12 for the option with both class instruction and the field trip. A maximum of 20 will be enrolled for the class only option. Please note that participants who are interested in the field trip option should be ready for the early morning start time. The location is to be determined. For more details, an instructor bio, and to register, click here.

Beginning Bird Photography

Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26

A half day of instruction with an optional photo shoot at Juanita Bay Park will be taught by local photographer, Tyler Hartje. This class is suitable for those with a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) or bridge camera with manual settings and a telephoto lens. Registration is limited to 8 for the option to include the field trip, while a maximum of 20 will be enrolled for the class only option. For more details, an instructor bio, and to register, click here.

Spring Shorebird Identification

Tuesday, April 11, Thursday, April 13, and Saturday, April 15

Two evening classes will be followed by an optional all day field trip, most likely to Ocean Shores. This class will be taught by popular returning instructor, Tim Boyer. Registration is limited to 15 for the option to include the field trip, while a maximum of 20 will be enrolled for the class only option. Registration will open in late February or early March.

Learning to Bird by Ear: Puget Sound Migrants

Thursday, May 4 with optional field trip Sunday, May 7

This is the second of two birding by ear classes that will be taught by Master Birder, Penny Rose. (Taking the first class is not a prerequisite for this one.) An evening of classroom instruction will be followed by an optional field trip that Sunday. The location is to be determined. Registration is limited to 12 for the option with both class instruction and the field trip. A maximum of 20 will be enrolled for the class only option. Registration will open in March.

Questions about the adult education program can be sent to me at wingsinapril@gmail.com and I am also on the lookout for other instructors interested in teaching for our chapter.

Top Photo: Ornithology class in action, by Margaret Ellsworth

Bottom Photo: Beginning Ornithology class graduates, by Becky Serabrini

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