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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

Winter 2018 CLASSES
Registration now OPEN

Intermediate Bird ID: Common Birds of Late Winter & Early Spring with Connie Sidles, author and Master Birder
Lectures: Thursdays February 8, 15, 22, and March 1, 7:00-9:00p.m.
Field Trip: February 10 (+ optional/informal scavenger hunt on March 4)
Location: Wallingford Community Senior Center at the Good Shepherd Center
Cost: $120 members, $135 non-members
Limit: 20
If you're an intermediate birder who wants to deepen your skills, then this class is for you. Together we will learn about the common birds in our area during each season, this particular season will be the end of winter and the beginning of spring. We'll focus birds that live by the shore and early returnees, including shrikes, swallows, hummingbirds, and thrushes, among others. We'll also study the winter residents that are preparing to leave us for the far north. We'll learn their songs, plumages, and natural history so that you will truly *know* these birds.

In addition to three classroom sessions, Connie will lead one formal field trip where you can observe the birds studied in class. We'll also go on one scavenger hunt, when we will divide into teams and search our area for targeted birds.  Connie will also lead informal field trips nearly every Saturday, when she does her shorebird count (not Seattle Audubon affiliated) at Montlake Fill, one of the premier birding sites in the state, and documents species diversity. Who knows what the winter and spring will bring? Join Connie and find out.  Appropriate for INTERMEDIATE birders.

CLASS FULL- Please call The Nature Shop to get on the wait list.

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An Introduction to Bird Song Recording with Jack Leiman
Lectures: Wednesdays February 28 and March 7, 7:00-9:00p.m.
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 5 in the Blue Building
Cost: $25 members, $40 non-members
Limit: 20
A powerful tool for improving your birding by ear skills!  Have you ever wanted to record bird songs effectively for later study but weren't sure how to go about it?  During this class, Jack will cover field techniques for audio recording and will provide an overview of a range of equipment options.  Jack will teach the class how to prepare and upload audio files to the Macaulay Library via eBird and will provide an introduction to software for editing and reviewing recordings.  Suggested equipment: A smart phone (iPhone or Android) is necessary for the first class session, a laptop and head phones would be helpful for the second session (Seattle Audubon has a few loaner laptops that will be on-hand, and laptop sharing is completely fine).  Appropriate for ALL audiences.

Register HERE

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Feather Groups and Molt for Beginning Birders with Hans de Grys
Lectures: Thursdays March 8 and 15, 7:00-9:00p.m.
Location: Lakeside School, Room Allen-Gates 104
Cost: $50 members, $65 non-members
Limit: 22
If you have ever listened to birders in the field, you might have heard mention of wing bars, malar stripes, or upper tail coverts.  Birders have their own highly specific language to discuss the appearance and patterns found on birds, especially as they relate to feathers and feather groups.  If you've ever wondered where the malar stripe is, or what exactly the coverts are covering, this is the class for you.  We will look in some detail at the feather groups on different kinds of birds, from songbirds to hawks to ducks.  We will also discuss the basics of molt, and how and why birds' feathers change in appearance throughout the year.  This class will feature some lecture and some hands-on activities, including examination of bird study skins.  No previous knowledge or experience is necessary.  Appropriate for BEGINNER birders.

Register HERE

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Birding by Ear for Beginners with David Droppers, Instructor for UW Biology
Lectures: Wednesdays March 14 and April 11, 7:00-9:00p.m.
Field Trips: Saturdays March 17, April 14, and May 12
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 5 in the Blue Building
Cost: $65 members, $80 non-members
Limit: 20
New to birding by ear or never thought you’d be able to learn bird calls?  Are you wondering what songs, calls, and other sounds can reveal about what’s happening amongst and around birds, and how can this enrich our human experience in nature?  During this class David will cover techniques for learning bird vocalizations, regional variations and other challenges, and how to continue learning about bird songs beyond the classroom.  The class, including field trips, spans the length of the spring migration season so that students have time to learn the vocalizations of residents and migrants, and provides time for practice and asking questions.  Appropriate for BEGINNER birders.

CLASS FULL - Please call The Nature Shop to get on the wait list.

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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 March 22, 7:00-9:00p.m.
Field Trip: Saturday March 24 or Saturday March 31 (sign up for one at the lecture), to the Edmonds Pier or other suitable viewing spot along Puget Sound.
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 6 in the Blue Building
Cost: $40 members, $55 non-members
Limit: 20
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.
 
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.  Appropriate for BEGINNER and INTERMEDIATE birders.

CLASS FULL- Please call The Nature Shop to get on the wait list.

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*Seattle Audubon classes can be held at several different locations. Please be sure to check where your class will be held.  Here are the directions:

  The Center of Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, 98195.  The center is on your right when you enter the main driveway, and there is plenty of free parking available in the lot. NHS Hall and Isaacson Hall are in the first complex of buildings. Douglas Classroom adjacent to the greenhouse.

  The 2100 Building
2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, 98144. On-street parking is available in the surrounding area, and in a street-level garage accessed through the alley. There is also parking in the fenced area across the street from the building next to the pharmacy.

  Phinney Neighborhood Center
 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, 98103. The parking lot entrance is on N 67th St, and there is plenty of on-street parking.

  Lakeside School

14050 1st Ave. N.E., Seattle, WA 98125. Classes are held in the Allen-Gates Hall. From 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.

  Wedgwood Presbyterian Church

8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115.  Classes are generally held in the Fellowship Hall on the lower level; enter from 80th Ave NE. There is large parking lot behind the church and the entrance is on 80th Ave NE.

Wallingford Community Senior Center/Good Shepherd Center

4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140, Seattle, WA 98103.  In the lower level on the north side of the Good Shepherd Center; classes are held in the multi-purpose room.  There is a free parking lot (entrance is on Sunnyside Ave) and free on-street parking.

 

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