SPRING 2017 CLASSES
Registration open now!
Garden Hospitality- Inviting Birds and Bugs to Your Yard With Penny Bolton, Master Birder, King County Master Gardener, and PNW native
Lecture: Tuesday May 16th, 7:00-9:00pm
Optional Field Trips: Mornings of Saturday June 10 and Sunday June 11
Location: Montlake Community Center
Cost: $30 members, $45 non-members
Limit: 25 - SPACE AVAILABLE
A how-to for making your home gardens and yards friendly and safe for birds and other wildlife. The class goal is for participants to see how they fit into the ecosystem and how they can help ameliorate some of the negative impacts that increased density brings.
The class will review some numbers about home gardens and densification, look at and listen to the most common yard birds in Seattle, followed by discussing how gardeners can encourage and appropriately support the birds and beneficial insects native to our area. Strategies covered include creating safe landscapes, animal behavior including common pests and cats.
Offered in conjunction with this class are two urban field trips. Scheduled for the mornings of Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, each field trip will consist of visiting 4 - 5 yards and gardens in the Seattle area. At each stop, we'll spend 15-20 minutes watching the birds that are there and talking about how that garden exemplifies what Penny has taught in the class. Field trips are organized and led by Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser, member of the 2017 Seattle Audubon Master Birder Class. REGISTER NOW
Native Tree ID with Van Bobbitt, Horticulture Instructor and Arboretum Coordinator at South Seattle Community College
Lecture: Saturday June 3, 9:00am-12:30pm
Location: Wedgwood Presbyterian Church (8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115) Note the venue change. Class will NOT be at PNC.
Cost: $45 members, $60 non-members
Limit: 25 - FULL
Learning to ID trees can change the way you relate to nature. Instead of just seeing trees, you begin to see a diversity of species, you know their names, and they become like old friends. In this class, you will learn to use a simple botanical key to ID native trees and appreciate their environmental adaptations and landscape uses. Students should wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather as part of the class will be outdoors. It would be helpful, but not required, if they could bring a hand lens (small magnifying glass) to class. REGISTER NOW
SUMMER 2017 CLASSES
Registration opens June 1
Taking Flight: Environmental Advocacy Workshop
with Seth Shteir, Seattle Audubon Conservation Manager
Lecture: Thursday June 22nd, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: View Ridge Room, Magnuson Park
Cost: $5 members, $10 non-members
Join Seattle Audubon’s new Conservation Manager Seth Shteir to learn about environmental advocacy. Shteir has studied natural resources and worked on a wide range of urban and rural conservation topics for more than 15 years, ranging from city parks to national parks and birds to bighorn sheep.
The class will explore how to use a variety of strategies and tactics to successfully move conservation initiatives forward and get tangible results. Topics covered will include lobbying, the use of media and organizing to facilitate change. The instruction will be a mixture of traditional lecture, reviewing written materials, active participation and role playing
with Woody Wheeler - Master Birder, certified interpretive guide, and the owner of Conservation Catalyst, a birding and natural history firm
Lecture and Outing: Saturday June 24th, 8:00-11:00am
Location: Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom
Cost: $40 member, $55 non-member
Note: this class is appropriate for children ages 7 and up
A fun, engaging class that will inspire families to take up birding and to care about bird conservation. In this one-morning, 3-hour session you will learn how, where and why to go birding. We cover how to identify some of the most common birds, the use and choice of binoculars, field guides, applications and internet resources. We will start indoors for an introductory presentation. Then we will then take our new-found skills outdoors and go birding in Union Bay Natural Area. Please bring binoculars if you have them; we will have binoculars for you to borrow if needed.
Woody guides for Naturalist Journeys, an international natural history tour company. Recent tours include: Peru and the Amazon, Big Bend National Park in Texas, and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Previously, Woody worked for Seattle Parks Foundation, Audubon and The Nature Conservancy. He is the author of Look Up! Birds and Other Natural Wonders Just Outside Your Window.
The Art of Birding: Enhancing The Birding Experience with sketching/drawing
with Isadora Wong, Master Birder, Mental Health Counselor, Wellness Coach
Lecture: Wednesday June 28, 7pm-9pm OR Friday July 21, 7-9pm
Location: Brig Building Art Room, Magnuson Park
Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members
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.
with David Droppers, stalwart of the Washington Butterfly Association with a background in teaching and field research
Lecture: Wednesdays July 5, 12, 19 from 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 35 in the Brick Building
Field Trip: Saturdays July 15 & 22 (meeting spot TBD)
Cost: $120 members, $135 non-members for lecture and field trip; $65 members, $75 non-members for lecture only
Limit: 15 for lecture and field trip
5 for lecture only
The morning bird chorus has silenced and the day is getting warm. But you don’t want to go home yet – no way! There’s an entirely different group of animals just waking up. Come learn about the butterflies, the perfect accompaniment to your birding adventures.
Topics will include: taxonomy of butterflies including families, major groups, and a few of the most common species; anatomy of butterflies, enabling students to effectively use field guides; roles that butterflies play in the environment; how to find butterflies – their use of the environment, movements, ecology, etc.; caterpillars – because they come first!
Class will consist of 3 weekday evening presentations, with lab activities, and 2 field trips to apply what we’ve learned.
Books and Birds for Beginners
with Connie Sidles, author and Master Birder
Lecture: Thursday, July 6, from 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 6 in the Blue Building
Field Trip: Sunday, July 9
Cost: $60 member, $75 non-member
Limit: 12. Dependent on at least 3 participants willing to drive carpools (expenses to be shared by participants).
People in the future will look back to our time, sigh with envy, and say we lived in a golden age, when information about birds and how to find them flowed like a river. Unfortunately, such a flood of facts can confuse just as much as amuse. If you've felt swept away by all the bird books on the shelves, then this is the class for you. Master birder Connie Sidles will help you sort through the field guides and bird-finding guides to find the books you need. You'll learn how to use and understand the information available so you can enhance your birding ID skills and find new birds.
As a bonus, people who sign up for this class get a field trip led by Connie to introduce you to the birds to be found at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Bottle Beach, Westport jetty and harbor, and Tokeland. Fall shorebird migration should be in full swing then, and summer youngsters will be testing their survival skills.
The trip leaves in carpools from the easternmost Center for Urban Horticulture parking lot (near greenhouses) at 6:00 a.m. and ending at Westport or Tokeland, depending on how tired we get (no firm end time). Bring enough food and drinks for lunch and supper, dress for the weather, and be prepared for short walks on beachfront and sand.
For field trip day parking at CUH, parking is free on Sunday all day. Participants may coordinate during class to spend the night in Westport. For overnight parking at CUH, it's probably best to park on the street (best street: Surber Drive, which parallels Yesler Swamp nearby).