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Pre-registration is required for all classes.

Call The Nature Shop 206-523-4483 between 10am-5pm, Monday-Saturday to register. Or register online here. Also see Class FAQs for more information. 

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WINTER 2017 CLASSES

Call the Nature Shop at 206-523-4483 to register. 

Birding 101
with Jack Stephens and Jane Lester

Lectures: Thursday, December 1st and Thursday, December 8th, 7:00-9:00pm
Optional Birding Optics Session: December 8th, 6:30-7:00pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, brick building - room 31
Cost for Lectures and Field Trip: $55 members*, $75 non-members*
Cost for Lectures Only: $45 members, $65 non-members
*The class fee also includes a weekend day field trip. Field trip dates are Sunday, December 4th and Saturday, December 10th (sign up for one of the two dates at the first lecture).
Limit: 30 - 24 for lecture and field trip (12 per field trip), plus 6 lecture-only spots

If you’re just getting started with birding, it’s natural to be a little overwhelmed. What are the little brown birds on my feeder?  What are all those cool ducks we have in winter, and how can I tell them apart? I heard a woodpecker in the park - what kinds do we have in Seattle? Which birds live here year-round and which are just passing through? Once you learn how to find birds, observe them carefully and identify them, birding becomes a fabulous lifelong hobby that only gets better and better with time.

Join us for an informal, fun-filled, innovative introduction to birds and birding. This hands-on class will incorporate sight, sound and habitat to create a holistic approach to learning. A local field trip will provide time in the field to see lots of birds, ask questions and sharpen your skills.

Suitable for all levels of beginners, from armchair feeder-watchers to those who have spent some time in the field and would like to develop their identification skills. REGISTER NOW

 

The Complete (Almost) Western Washington Shorebird Identification Class With Dr. Scott Mills and Mike Donahue
Lecture:     Saturdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28, 9:30am-12:00pm
Location:     Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 36 in the Brick Building
Cost:         $110 member, $125 non-member
Limit:         45
Shorebirds are viewed by many birders as one of the toughest identification challenges.  This class will help you to identify shorebirds with more confidence by using all the identification clues available to you including shape, voice, and habitat, as well as plumage.  Many photographs of various plumages of each species and mixed flocks will be shown and participants will have multiple opportunities to practice identification on "virtual fieldtrips." REGISTER NOW

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Birds of Winter: Where are They Now?  with Connie Sidles
Lecture:     Thursday, January 12, 7:00-9:00pm
Location:     Phinney Neighborhood Center, room TBD
Cost:         $30 member, $45 non-member
Limit:         25
In the cold, dark months of winter, while we humans huddle around our heaters and yearn for the sun to return, many bird species think of Seattle as the balmy south, a place with bountiful food, mild temperatures, and great habitat. Master Birder and nature author Connie Sidles takes you on an armchair tour to the haunts and secret places where the birds of winter hang out. Find out what these birds are up to now, as they survive and thrive our short winter and get ready for an early spring. REGISTER NOW

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Birding by Shape With Dr. Scott Mills, Bird Guide and Field Trip Leader
Lecture:     Saturday, February 4, 9:00-11:00am
Location:     2100 Building - Board Room, 24th Ave S, Seattle
Cost:         $30 member, $45 non-member
Limit:         45
Have you ever been out birding with someone who could identify that smudge of a bird in the distance before you could even see that it was a bird? This lecture class will help you hone that all-important skill of using size, shape, and flight pattern to narrow the options. Bird shape is almost always a useful, and in some cases the best, tool to identify birds but is underused by many birders. This class helps you focus on bird shape by presenting a wide variety of bird shapes and highlighting some local bird species groups where shape is a valuable identification tool. Dr. Scott Mills has been an active birder and field trip leader for more than 50 years. Since 1999 he has spent more than 425 days at sea (including over 100 Westport Seabirds trips) where shape is often the best way to identify birds. REGISTER NOW

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Owls of Washington with Jamie Acker, owler, educator and researcher
Lecture:     Saturday, February 11, 2017, 1:00-4:00pm
Location:     2100 Building - Board Room, 24th Ave S, Seattle
Field Trips:     Sunday, February 12, Saturday, February 18
Cost for lecture and field trip:     $75 members, $85 nonmembers
Cost for lecture only:         $50 members, $60 nonmembers
Limit:      20 for lecture and field trip (10 per field trip.) 10 for lecture only.  Adults only on the field trip.
(Limit on field trip is based on limiting the number of vehicles to 3. I can accommodate 2 participants in my car, and the two other vehicles (non-diesel) should carry 4 each.)
Participants in this class will learn many intriguing facts about the 14 species of NW owls. You will also be introduced to the art of owling via a multimedia presentation and lecture.
At time of registration participants may opt for an early morning field trip to Bainbridge Island, where Barred Owls and Northern Saw-whet owls should be found and other species are possible. Participants will be responsible for providing their own transportation; options for carpooling can be organized at time of lecture.  
Feb 12: FT directions: Take the 2:10 am Seattle to Bainbridge Island ferry Sunday morning (two hours after midnight Sunday), and meet the instructor on Bainbridge Island.  
Feb 18: FT directions: Take the 1:35 am Seattle to Bainbridge Island ferry Saturday morning (two hours after midnight Saturday), and meet the instructor on Bainbridge Island. REGISTER NOW

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Peacocks, Penguins, & Charles Darwin: Evolution for Beginning Birders With Hans de Grys, Chemistry Teacher at Lakeside School, Master Birder, Recipient - MIT’s Inspirational Teacher Award
Lecture:     Thursday, February 16, 7:00-9:00pm
Location:     Lakeside School, Room Allen-Gates 101
Cost:         $30members, $45 non-members
Limit:         22
Why do peacocks have such fantastic tails?  Why are penguins white on their bellies but black on their backs?  Why are field guides organized with ducks in the front and sparrows in the back?  What did Charles Darwin really learn from the finches of the Galapagos Islands?  We will explore these mysteries and more as we learn the basics of evolutionary theory, with a focus on the evolution of birds.  We will examine natural selection, bird taxonomy, sexual selection, adaptive behaviors, and evolutionary developments in bird anatomy and physiology.  Bring your “why” and “how” questions about birds! REGISTER NOW

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Planning a Washington Big Year With Jen McKeirnan, Master Birder and Field Trip Leader.  
Jen has been traveling throughout Washington State during the year of 2016 attempting to take a picture of every bird species and their habitat.  Her website documenting that effort is www.wabirdyear.com.

Lecture:     Thursday, February 23, 7:00-8:30pm
Location:     Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 6 in the Blue Building
Cost:         $25 members, $40 non-members
Limit:         30
Whether you are planning to do a Big Year or would just like to see what is involved, this class will provide you with some preparation ideas, lessons learned, and results from Jen’s 2016 effort.  It will explore strategies for setting up a Big Year from goal setting to identifying bird location by season and habitat.  There will also be lots of photos and videos of birds included during the presentation.

This class is set up for any birder skill level whether they are thinking about doing a Big Year by city, county, or through-out Washington State. REGISTER NOW

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How to Identify Sea Birds of Puget Sound With Joe Sweeney, Master Birder, Field Trip and Neighborhood Bird Walk Leader
Lecture:     Thursday, March 2nd, 7:00-9:00pm
Location:     Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 6 in the Blue Building
Cost:         $30 members, $45 non-members*
*The class fee also includes a field trip to the Edmonds Pier or other suitable viewing spot along Puget Sound. Field trip dates are Saturday, March 4th and Saturday, March 11th (sign up for one of the two dates when you come to class).
Limit:         20
Identifying the birds that inhabit Puget Sound can be challenging. To the untrained eye, those small, fast-moving birds that fly low over the water tend to all look the same. Is it an auklet, a murre, a murrelet, or some other speedy species?

In this class, you will discover how to separate a Rhinoceros Auklet from a Pigeon Guillemot, a Double-crested Cormorant from a Brandt’s Cormorant, a Horned Grebe from a Red-necked Grebe, and a Common Loon from a Pacific Loon. We will also discuss diving ducks, including mergansers, scoters and goldeneye. We may also address gulls, but not to the extent that our heads start throbbing from over-analysis of that very difficult group of birds.

We will examine photos of the species mentioned above (and more), discuss their flight characteristics, field marks and behavioral differences that can help us unravel the identification mysteries of the birds of the Sound.

This class is designed for beginner or intermediate bird-watchers, yet no prior experience with sea birds is necessary. All that is required is a desire to learn and a sense of adventure. A sense of humor wouldn’t hurt, either. REGISTER NOW

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The Art of Birding: Enhancing The Birding Experience with sketching/drawing With Isadora Wong, Master Birder, Mental Health Counselor, Wellness Coach
Lecture:     Thursday, March 9th, 2016, 7pm-9pm
Location:     Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 6 in the Blue Building
Cost:          $40 members, $50 non-members
Limit:         15
Add to your birding fun by learning to sketch/draw birds.  In this class, we will learn some basic skills for drawing birds, as well as how to bring out your creative side.  The primary goal is to enhance your experience with birds and nature.  All levels of birding skills invited.

Think you can’t draw? Come on in! NO ARTISTIC EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.  This is a beginning course. You will find that there is no wrong way to draw/sketch.

Materials to bring: A drawing/sketch pad of any size and a sketching pencil/pen. Colored pens/pencils are optional, but can be fun to add. REGISTER NOW

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Washington’s Woodpeckers With Brian Bell, professional birding and natural history guide with an extensive background in biology, geology and astronomy.
Lecture:     Friday March 24, 5:30-7:30PM
Location:     2100 Building - Board Room, 24th Ave S, Seattle
Field trips:     half day trip in Western Washington Saturday March 25; full day trip to Eastern Washington Saturday, May 20.  The trips will be organized at the class session.
Cost for lecture and field trip:     $65 members, $80 nonmembers
Cost for lecture only:         $45 members, $60 nonmembers
Limit:         Class limited to 20 participants, 15 lecture and field trip, 5 lecture only.
Join Master Birder Brian Bell to explore the world of woodpeckers in Washington. Twelve species inhabit our state from sea level to the boreal forests to the semiarid valleys of Eastern Washington. In class, we will view an illustrated presentation and discuss habitat requirements, examine seasonal distribution, learn identification tips, and listen to vocalization and drumming patterns. There will be a half-day field trip in Western Washington on Saturday, March 25th and a full day trip to Eastern Washington on Saturday, May 20th. REGISTER NOW

 

 

*Seattle Audubon classes can be held at four different locations. Please be sure to check where your class will be held.  Here are the directions:

  The Center of Urban Horticulture
CUH is located at the 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, 98195.  Take the Montlake Boulevard exit and drive north on Montlake Boulevard. Stay to the right as you cross the bridge and pass Husky Stadium. At the five-way intersection of N.E. 45th and Mary Gates Memorial Drive, turn right onto Mary Gates Memorial Drive. Continue to the bend in the road where Mary Gates Drive becomes N.E. 41st St. The center is on your right. NHS Hall and Isaacson Hall are in the first complex of buildings. Douglas Classroom adjacent to the greenhouse.

 The 2100 Building
The 2100 Building is located at 2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, 98144. To get there from I-5: Take I-90 East toward Bellevue / Spokane exit. At exit 3, take ramp right and follow signs for Rainier Ave S. Bear right onto Rainier Ave S. Bear left onto S Walker St, and then immediately turn left onto 24TH Ave S.

Phinney Neighborhood Center
The Phinney Neighborhood Center is located at 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, 98103. To get there from I-5: Take the NE 50th St/NE 45th St exit. Follow the 50th Street off ramp, and turn west onto 50th Street and travel west about 1 1/2 miles to Phinney Avenue North (watch the street signs after 6 stoplights so you don't get in the wrong lane accidently). The arterial curves to the right and becomes Phinney Avenue North. Travel north on Phinney about 1 mile. When the road veers to the left, turn right instead onto North 67th Street (just before Starbucks). The upper parking lot, which serves the Blue Building, is the first driveway to your right.

 Lakeside School
The Lakeside School is located at 14050 1st Ave. N.E., Seattle, WA 98125. Classes are held in the Allen-Gates Hall. From I-5 north or south, take exit 175 (NE 145th St). Turn west (left from northbound, right from southbound) onto 145th, and move to the left-hand lane. Go up the hill, and turn left at the first light (1st Ave NE). The Upper School campus will be on your left; enter via the second driveway. Turn into the main driveway from 1st Avenue NE, and then take an immediate right followed by an immediate left. Parking is located in front of Allen-Gates Hall.

 

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