SUMMER 2016 CLASSES
Call the Nature Shop at 206-523-4483 to register.
Birding By Ear for Beginning Birders
With Hans de Grys, Chemistry Teacher at Lakeside School, Master Birder, Recipient - MIT’s Inspirational Teacher Award
Lecture: Thursday June 9, 7:00-9:00pm
Lecture Location: Lakeside School, Room Allen-Gates 101
Field Trip: Saturday June 11, 7am-9:30am at Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland
Cost: $45members, $60 non-members
Have you ever wondered what backyard bird is calling to you, “See me, pretty-pretty me?” Or which one imitates a car alarm (“meepmeepmeep”), or a person sneezing (“fitz-bew!”)? Which owl is asking “Who cooks for you?” Most birds are at their most vocal during early summer, and this is a great time to start learning the common songs and calls of our Seattle area birds. Is that just another American Robin singing from your maple tree, or is it really a Black-headed Grosbeak or a Western Tanager? Train your ear and find out! The evening session features lecture and activities for learning songs, and the morning session will give you a chance to practice your new skills in the field. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary. REGISTER NOW
with Mike Donahue, Gull Expert and Pelagic Guide
Lectures: Tuesdays July 19th and 26th, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center
Cost: $60 members, $75 non-members
Limit: 25 for the lecture
The west coast of North America offers some of the best opportunities to see seabirds anywhere in the world. The rich waters 20-40 miles offshore support a diversity of species—albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and jaegers—that spend much of the year in the waters far offshore at the edge of the continental shelf. If you’ve heard about pelagic birding, but wasn’t sure what was involved, this is the class for you.
The class lectures will cover the diversity of seabirds that are found offshore, focusing on natural history and identification, as well as how to prepare for a pelagic trip. Then practice what you have learned on a pelagic trip that departs from Westport, WA. REGISTER NOW
Optional field trip with instructor:
Mike will be co-leading pelagic trips with Westport Seabirds on August 6 and 21. Register directly with Westport Seabirds if you’d like to go on one of these trips. Westport Seabirds offers trips on other dates as well. Registration and other information is available at: www.westportseabirds.com
Field Sketching and Sketching in the Field
with Carleen Zimmerman, Master Birder 2015, Seattle Audubon volunteer, Seattle Urban Sketcher
Lecture: Field Sketching Basics, Thursday July 28, 2016, 7-9pm
Lecture Location: Seattle Audubon Nature Shop staff room
Field Trip: Sketching in the Field, Saturday July 30, 2016, 8-10am
Field Trip Location: Magnuson Park, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center
Cost: $50 members, $65 non-members for both lecture and field trip
$30 members, $45 for lecture or trip only
Learn how to use art and language to record field observations, especially while birding. Lecture will include tools, techniques, logistics, sketching exercises with bird skins, and watercolor basics. Field trip will include techniques for sketching movement such as birds in flight or dabbling ducks on ponds, sketching habitats, and describing sounds with emphasis on birding by ear while sketching. Artistic skills or birding knowledge is NOT a prerequisite. There may be some walking at Magnuson Park.
Suggested equipment: Will it fit in your pocket, be easy to carry and not blow away? A small sketch pad for pencil, ink or watercolor (5x7 is ideal), waterproof pen, pencil, portable watercolor palette, waterbrush (Kuretake round or flat tip is ideal and can be ordered online for $10 or less), watercolor pencils, rag or paper towel, small portable stool or pad for sitting on field trip.
Directions to field trip site: Magnuson Park is in NE Seattle. Take bus #30 or #75 to the park entrance at NE 65th St and Sand Point Way NE. Or drive in at south entrance on 65th to parking lot E-1. Meet at the Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, which is the Red-metal-roofed shelter next to the little drive-in road at the west edge of parking lot #E-1. Link to the park map on SAS Website, Field Trips & Walks page. REGISTER NOW