Birds of Puget Sound - FULL
with Brian Bell, Master Birder, Author, Professional Guide
Classes: Saturdays, Nov. 8, 15, 22, 29
Location: See description below
Field Trip: included
Cost: $80 members, $95 non-members
Back by Popular Demand! Learn by doing! In this four-part course you will learn about basic principles, etiquette, field guides, equipment, and identification techniques for successful birding. For beginners, experienced birders, and people new to the area. Fall is a great time to bird in the Puget Sound. New topic each session.
SESSION 1: Sat, Nov. 8, 2014. Meet 7:30 AM at Marymoor Park, Parking Lot D. Basic Principles and how to choose binoculars.
Field Trip: Marymoor Park, over by noon.
SESSION 2: Sat, Nov 15, 2014. Meet 8:00 AM at the Center for Urban Horticulture parking lot (UW campus). Presentation: Field Guides, bird publications and CDs.
Field Trip: Union Bay Natural Area (also known as Montlake Fill), over by noon.
SESSION 3: Sat, Nov 22, 2014 Meet 8:00 AM at Discovery Park Interpretive Center. Presentation: Identification techniques. Field Trip: Discovery Park, over by noon
SESSION 4: Sat, Nov 29, 2014 Meet at 8:00 AM at the NE 65th St. P&R. Presentation: Birding ethics and etiquette. Field Trip: To be determined, depending on birds of interest. Full day trip.
Winter Birds of the Puget Lowlands
Gull Boot Camp
with Penny Rose, SAS Master Birder; Naturalist and Education Specialist at Discovery Park
Class: December 11, 2014, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle 98103
Field Trip: December 13, 2014, Location TBD
Cost: $40.00 for members; $55.00 nonmembers
Fall and early winter are an excellent time for the world of birds in the Puget Sound region. Waterfowl return to the rich sheltered waters of Puget Sound. Winter residents take up territories in the forests. Individual species group together in mixed feeding flocks. Learn how to identify species, appreciate behaviors and discover the best places to bird throughout the Puget Sound lowlands during this optimal season. REGISTER NOW
with Michael Donahue, Gull Expert, Pelagic Guide
Lectures: Wednesdays, January 7, 14, and 21, 7-9 p.m.
Location: 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S
Field Trip: Saturday or Sunday, January 17
or 18. Instructor will lead field trip both days; participants will sign up for one field trip at the first lecture.
Cost, Lecture and Field Trip: $90 members, $105 non-members
Cost, Lecture Only: $70 members, $85 nonmembers
Limit: 26 for lecture and field trip, 14 for lecture only
Does identifying gulls leave you feeling like you’ve seen fifty shades of gray? Gulls are one of the most challenging groups of birds to identify, and many birders don’t give them a second glance. Now is your opportunity to get ahead of the curve! Three classroom sessions will cover identification, in all plumages, of the gulls
that regularly occur in the Puget Sound region in winter. There will be a half-day (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.) field trip to visit several local gull hotspots in South Seattle. This class is open to all birders, but it will help if you are already familiar with identification of adult gulls. REGISTER NOW
Owls of Washington
with Jamie Acker, owler, educator, and researcher
Lecture: Saturday, January 31, 1-4 p.m.
Location: 2100 Building, Board Room, 2100 24th Ave S
Field Trips: Sunday, February 1 and Sunday, February 8th (choose one)
(Alternate date in the event of inclement weather: Saturday, February 7)
Field Trip Directions: Take the 2:10 a.m. Seattle to Bainbridge Island ferry Sunday morning (2 hours after midnight Saturday), and meet the instructor on Bainbridge Island.
Cost, Lecture and Field Trip: $60 members, $75 non-members
Cost, Lecture Only: $40 members, $55 non-members
Limit: 24 for lecture and field trip (12 per field trip), 6 for lecture only
Participants in this class will learn many intriguing facts about the 14 species of Northwestern owls and will also be introduced to the art of owling via a multimedia presentation and lecture. At time of registration participants may choose one of two field trips to Bainbridge Island, where Barred Owls and Northern Saw-whet Owls should be found and other species are possible. Participants are responsible for providing their own transportation; options for carpooling can be organized at time of lecture. If the group desires, a Saw-whet Owl banding station can be observed. REGISTER NOW
with Jack Stephens and Barry Levine, Master Birders
Lectures: Wednesdays, February 25 and March 4, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N
Field Trip: Saturday, March 1 or 8 (sign up for one date at first lecture)
Cost: $55 members, $70 non-members
Limit: 22 (11 per field trip)
Join Jack and Barry for a fun-filled and innovative approach to birds and birding. The class will incorporate sight, sounds, and habitat to create a holistic approach to learning. The instructors’ goal is to pique your interest and motivate you to explore one of the world's most loved hobbies. A local field trip will provide time in the field to ask questions and sharpen your skills. REGISTER NOW