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Class Schedule

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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 For a PDF of current Seattle Audubon classes (and field trips), click here


Birds and Plants of the Shrub-Steppe
With Andy Stepniewski, author of Birds of Yakima County
Lecture:  Friday April 1, 6:00-8:00 pm
Field Trip: Saturday April 2, 6:30 am - 6:30 pm  
Location: 2100 Building, Board Room
Cost: $60 members; $75 non-members for lecture and field trip;- FULL
         $40 members for lecture only; $55 non-members for lecture only                                                       
Limit: 20 for lecture and field trip; additional 20 for lecture only

This class will introduce you to the plant and bird communities of the shrub-steppe ecosystem in the Columbia Basin of eastern Washington. The instructor will present botanical tidbits relating to birds and touch on conservation issues. Andy will emphasize the relationships between Horned Larks, Sage Sparrows, Sage Thrashers, Brewer's Sparrows, Sage Grouse, and Vesper Sparrows and the preferred habitats of each within this unique mosaic of plant communities. Two leaders will conduct the day-long field trip to the Columbia Basin amidst spectacular wildflowers.  REGISTER NOW

Beginner’s Guide to eBird
With Eric Harlow and Todd Sahl
Lecture:  Thursday, April 21, 6:30-9:30 pm
Location: Wedgwood Presbyterian Church (8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 981158008 35th Ave NE  Seattle, WA  98115) (NOTE VENUE CHANGE:  this class was originally scheduled at the Phinney Community Center)
Cost:   $35 members, $50 nonmembers
Limit: 30

 Have you heard of eBird but don’t know where to start? Already have an eBird account, but would like to get more out of it? Created in 2002 by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, this free, real-time, online checklist program has revolutionized the way the birding community records and accesses bird data.  eBird is a great way to record all your bird sightings online, where they are all in one place, accessible from any internet connection. The best part about recording sightings in eBird: your bird lists become shared data used by conservationists, researchers, students, and the birding community to explore, protect and enjoy birds all over the world!
In the first part of this class we’ll cover the most important features in an eBird account. We’ll explain how to create high quality checklists without cramping your birding style, and touch on the ethics of real-time reporting of sensitive species. We’ll also demonstrate how to use the new free eBird app for iPhone and Android systems, so you can enter your lists in the field!
In the second part of the class we’ll go over how to do eBird research at home to effectively find recently reported local birds, and to prepare for visiting places further from home. We’ll explore using eBird’s dynamic graphs and maps tools in combination to effectively find target species. Finally, we’ll show how to use the BirdsEye app for iPhone and Android systems, which gives you real-time information on nearby species from your mobile device. REGISTER NOW

Introduction to Warblers and Vireos of the Pacific Northwest - FULL
With Hans deGrys
Lecture: Thursday, April 28, 7pm-9pm
Location: Lakeside School, Allen-Gates Bldg, Room 104
Cost: $25 members, $40 non-members
Limit: 20

 Warblers are one of the most sought after groups of breeding songbirds due to their brilliant colors, distinctive vocalizations, and fascinating natural history.  Their varying plumages, habitats, and songs make them an interesting and challenging group for birders. This class will focus on both the natural history and the identification (by sight and sound) of this group of songbirds.  We will also compare and contrast warblers to some superficially similar groups such as vireos and kinglets.  This session is suitable for beginning and intermediate birders. REGISTER NOW

Introduction to Flycatchers of the Pacific Northwest - FULL
With Hans deGrys
Lecture: Thursday, May 5, 7pm-9pm
Location: Lakeside School, Allen-Gates Bldg, Room 104
Cost: $25 members, $40 non-members
Limit: 20

 More than a dozen species of flycatchers migrate north to Washington State each spring to breed and raise their chicks.  While flycatchers are notorious for being similar to each other and challenging to identify, most of our flycatcher species are actually quite distinct, with differing field marks, vocalizations, habits, and natural histories.  This class will focus on flycatcher identification by sight, behavior, habitat, and voice.  This session is suitable for beginning and intermediate birders. REGISTER NOW

Make Your Birding Count:  Avian Point Count and Survey Methods
With Don Norman and Cindy Easterson of Puget Sound Bird Observatory (PSBO)
Lecture: Friday May 6, 7pm-9pm
Field Trip: Saturday May 7, morning – exact time TBD
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 32
Cost: $50 members, $65 non-members
Limit: 24

Needed: Trained Bird Counters!
Join the growing field of citizen science by learning the skills needed to support bird surveys and volunteer engagement in bird research and data collection.  Point counts are a method used to inventory and monitor bird populations. Some sight/sound identification skills are useful for the class, but strategies for learning bird sounds will be covered in both the classroom and field portion of the workshop. Opportunities to use point count monitoring will be discussed, such as the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) program, Christmas Bird Count, and other local bird monitoring programs. Join us and make your birding “count”!  This class is taught in partnership with PSBO.  Learn more about the class and their programs at REGISTER NOW

Birding by Ear – Pacific Northwest Bird Voices
With Bob Sundstrom, Professional Birding Tour Leader & BirdNote Lead Writer
Cost:  $100 members, $115 nonmembers, (for 1 field trip and 2 lectures)
          $175 members, $190 nonmembers, (for BOTH field trips and 2 lectures)
Field Trip #1: May 25 – South Puget Sound - FULL
Field Trip #2: June 15 – East of the Cascades - FULL
Field Trip #3: May 28 - South Puget Sound - FULL
Lectures: Tuesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 12; 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: The 2100 Building, Community Room B (5/10) & Board Room (5/12)
Limit:  18 per field trip  
Note: Registration is by field trip. You may register for one or both field trips. Two evening lectures are included when you register for one or both of the two different full-day field trips.  Carpool and meeting plans will be given in class.

Tune up your ears in this popular class, geared to identifying bird voices East and West
of the Cascades. Learn to identify voices of a whole range of birds from warblers, thrushes, wrens, sparrows, flycatchers and more, as well as typical backyard birds – plus some scientific background on bird sound. Birders of all levels will gain from this class, including the veterans who want a thorough refresher.  Many have taken the class several times.  Day-long trips offer intensive field experience, and cover a variety of habitats within 100 miles of Seattle, east and west of the Cascades. Two evening classrooms sessions give excellent preparation for the two different, full-day field trips. REGISTER NOW


Introduction to the Mammals of Washington: From Mountains to Molehills
With Mike Donahue
Lectures: Tuesdays, June 14th and 21st, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 2
Field Trip: Saturday June 25th (see note below)
Cost: Lecture only: $60 members, $75 nonmembers
Lecture and field trip: $80 members, $95 non members - FULL
Limit: Lecture: 40 participants
Field trip: 12 participants (3 cars)

This class will give an overview of the mammal diversity in the state, emphasizing the species most likely to be seen, their natural history, and where to see them. Mike recommends A Field Guide to Mammals of North America North of Mexico by Fiona Reid. Mike grew up in Washington State and has been seeking out mammals as well as birds over the last 40 years. In 2013 he did a Washington State mammal big year. REGISTER NOW

Field Trip Notes: A field trip to Mt. Rainier will leave Seattle at 6 a.m. and return after dinner. The field trip is limited to 12 participants (3 vehicles). If you sign up for the field trip you must be willing to carpool and be flexible with time. Fuel costs and park entrance fee will be shared among the riders.




*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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