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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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WINTER 2017 CLASSES

Call the Nature Shop at 206-523-4483 to register. 

 

How to Identify Sea Birds of Puget Sound With Joe Sweeney, Master Birder, Field Trip and Neighborhood Bird Walk Leader
Lecture:     Thursday, March 2nd, 7:00-9:00pm
Location:     Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 6 in the Blue Building
Cost:         $30 members, $45 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, March 4th and Saturday, March 11th (sign up for one of the two dates when you come to class).
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.

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

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The Art of Birding: Enhancing The Birding Experience with sketching/drawing With Isadora Wong, Master Birder, Mental Health Counselor, Wellness Coach
Lecture:     Thursday, March 9th, 2017, 7pm-9pm
Location:     Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 6 in the Blue Building
Cost:          $40 members, $50 non-members
Limit:         15
Add to your birding fun by learning to sketch/draw birds.  In this class, we will learn some basic skills for drawing birds, as well as how to bring out your creative side.  The primary goal is to enhance your experience with birds and nature.  All levels of birding skills invited.

Think you can’t draw? Come on in! NO ARTISTIC EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.  This is a beginning course. You will find that there is no wrong way to draw/sketch.

Materials to bring: A drawing/sketch pad of any size and a sketching pencil/pen. Colored pens/pencils are optional, but can be fun to add. REGISTER NOW

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Washington’s Woodpeckers With Brian Bell, professional birding and natural history guide with an extensive background in biology, geology and astronomy.
Lecture:     Friday March 24, 5:30-7:30PM
Location:     2100 Building - Board Room, 24th Ave S, Seattle
Field trips:     half day trip in Western Washington Saturday March 25; full day trip to Eastern Washington Saturday, May 20.  The trips will be organized at the class session.
Cost for lecture and field trip:     $65 members, $80 nonmembers
Cost for lecture only:         $45 members, $60 nonmembers
Limit:         Class limited to 20 participants, 15 lecture and field trip, 5 lecture only.
Join Master Birder Brian Bell to explore the world of woodpeckers in Washington. Twelve species inhabit our state from sea level to the boreal forests to the semiarid valleys of Eastern Washington. In class, we will view an illustrated presentation and discuss habitat requirements, examine seasonal distribution, learn identification tips, and listen to vocalization and drumming patterns. There will be a half-day field trip in Western Washington on Saturday, March 25th and a full day trip to Eastern Washington on Saturday, May 20th. REGISTER NOW

 

SPRING 2017 CLASS SNEAK PEAK

Registration for these classes opens on March 1

Birds and Plants of the Shrub-Steppe With Andy Stepniewski, author of Birds of Yakima County
Lecture:  Friday April 7, 6:00-8:00 pm
Field Trip: Saturday April 8, 6:30 am - 6:30 pm  
Location: Board Room, 2100 Building, 24th Ave S, Seattle
Cost:    $60 members; $75 non-members for lecture and field trip;
$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.  

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Birding By Ear - Learning NW Bird Voices  With Bob Sundstrom, Professional Birding Tour Leader & BirdNote Lead Writer
Lecture: Mondays April 10 and 17, 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Board Room, 2100 Building, 24th Ave S, Seattle
Field Trip:    Field Trip #1:     Tuesday April 25 – South Puget Sound
                    Field Trip #2:     Wednesday May 31 – East of the Cascades
Cost:    $100 members, $115 non-members, (for 2 lectures and 1 field trip)
            $175 members, $190 non-members, (for 2 lectures and BOTH field trips)
Limit: 18 per field trip

Tune up your ears and get a handle on bird songs in this popular class. Birding by ear improves the ability to identify birds and to know when a less common bird is close by. Ideal for students new to birding-by-ear or veterans who want an intensive refresher. Day-long field trips offer intensive experience listening to birds and cover a variety of habitats within 100 miles of Seattle. The class includes two evening lectures and your choice of either one or two of the day-long field trips.

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Introduction to the Mammals of Washington: From Mountains to Molehills With Mike Donahue
Lectures: Tuesdays, April 18 and 25, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center
Field Trip: Saturday April 29th , full day
Cost:     Lecture only: $60 members, $75 nonmembers
Lecture and field trip: $80 members, $95 non members
Limit:     Lecture: 40 participants
              Field trip: 12 participants (3 cars)

Mike grew up in Washington State and has been watching mammals as well as birds over the last 40 years. In 2013 he did a Washington State mammal big year. 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. There will be a full day field trip to Vantage.
Mike recommends A Field Guide to Mammals of North America North of Mexico by Fiona Reid.

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Introduction to Warblers and Vireos of the Pacific Northwest With Hans de Grys, Chemistry Teacher at Lakeside School, Master Birder, Recipient - MIT’s Inspirational Teacher Award

Lecture: Thursday, April 20, 7pm-9pm
Location: Lakeside School, Allen-Gates Bldg, Room 104
Cost: $30 members, $45 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.

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Introduction to Flycatchers of the Pacific Northwest With Hans de Grys, Chemistry Teacher at Lakeside School, Master Birder, Recipient - MIT’s Inspirational Teacher Award
Lecture: Thursday, April 27, 7pm-9pm
Location: Lakeside School, Allen-Gates Bldg, Room 104
Cost: $30 members, $45 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.

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Garden Hospitality- Inviting Birds and Bugs to Your Yard With Penny Bolton, Master Birder, King County Master Gardener, and PNW native
Lecture: Tuesday May 16th, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Montlake Community Center
Cost: $30 members, $45 non-members
Limit: 25

A how-to for making your home gardens and yards friendly and safe for birds and other wildlife. The class goal is for participants to see how they fit into the ecosystem and how they can help ameliorate some of the negative impacts that increased density brings.

The class will review some numbers about home gardens and densification, look at and listen to the most common yard birds in Seattle, followed by discussing how gardeners can encourage and appropriately support the birds and beneficial insects native to our area. Strategies covered include creating safe landscapes, animal behavior including common pests and cats.

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Native Tree ID with Van Bobbitt, Horticulture Instructor and Arboretum Coordinator at South Seattle Community College
Lecture: Saturday June 3, 9:00am-12:30pm
Location: Phinney Community Center
Cost: $45 members, $60 non-members
Limit: 25

Learning to ID trees can change the way you relate to nature. Instead of just seeing trees, you begin to see a diversity of species, you know their names, and they become like old friends. In this class, you will learn to use a simple botanical key to ID native trees and appreciate their environmental adaptations and landscape uses.  Students should wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather as part of the class will be outdoors. It would be helpful, but not required, if they could bring a hand lens (small magnifying glass) to class.

 

 

 

*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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