SPRING 2016 CLASSES
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.
SUMMER 2016 CLASSES SNEAK PEAK
Summer class registration opens on June 1
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.
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.
Optional field trip with instructor:
Mike will be co-leading pelagic trips with Westport Seabirds on August 6 and 22. 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.