FALL 2016 CLASSES
Call the Nature Shop at 206-523-4483 to register.
How to Identify Sea Birds of Puget Sound
with Joe Sweeney, Seattle Audubon Field Trip Leader and Graduate of the 2015 Master Birder Program. Joe has spent hundreds of hours on the Edmonds Pier, scanning the waters of Puget Sound for usual suspects and rarities.
Lecture: Thursday, October 13th, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, brick building - room 31
Cost: $30 members, $40 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, October 15th and Saturday, October 22nd (sign up for one of the two dates when you come to class).
Limit: 20 - FULL - Call The Nature Shop to get on Wait List 206-523-4483
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
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