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Adult Classes

A variety of classes on birding and natural history are taught throughout the year by qualified instructors who are experts in their respective fields. Classes support the Seattle Audubon mission of appreciating, understanding, and protecting birds and their natural habitats.

  • New classes open for registraion quarterly (March 1, June 1, Sept. 1, Dec.1); if the 1st of the quarter falls on a Sunday or a holiday registration will open the following day.
  • To see a list of Frequently Asked Questions, including helpful tips for finding class venues, click here.  

Visit the Master Birder page to learn more about that two-semester program. 

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Introduction to Gulls and Terns of the Pacific Northwest
with Hans de Grys, Chemistry Teacher at Lakeside School, Master Birder, Recipient – MIT’s Inspirational Teacher Award
Lecture: Thursday September 26, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Lakeside School, Allen-Gates Bldg, Room 104
Cost: $30 members, $45 non-members
Limit: 24
Identifying gulls can be one of the most intimidating tasks for beginning birders.  We will spend the evening exploring the clues that make gull ID possible (and even fun?). The class will also look individually at the 15 or so most common gulls and terns of Washington, and practice separating them using field marks and other clues. The focus will be primarily on adult gulls, but we will dabble a bit into immature plumages and common gull hybrids of the Seattle area.  Suitable for beginner and intermediate birders


Planning your next Birding Vacation
with Hans de Grys, Chemistry Teacher at Lakeside School, Master Birder, Recipient – MIT’s Inspirational Teacher Award
Lecture: Thursday October 3, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Lakeside School, Allen-Gates Bldg, Room 104
Cost: $30 members, $45 non-members
Limit: 24
Washington State has some great bird watching, but there are a huge number of North American species that don’t make it up to the Pacific Northwest.  If you’ve ever wanted to travel to see Painted Buntings, Greater Roadrunners, Snail Kites, or the myriad of eastern wood warblers, but were uncertain about how to do it yourself, this class is for you. This course will walk you through how to plan your next birding vacation, from travel logistics to how to find and ID the birds you will see there. Detailed sample itineraries will be included for trips to Arizona, Texas, Minnesota, and Florida. Hans completed a North American birding “Big Year” in 2013, visiting 25 states and seeing 650 species. He will include tips he learned about planning bird watching trips from this year of travel, as well as share some photos and stories.  Suitable for birders of all stripes


Seattle Audubon Native Plant Garden Tour
with Van Bobbitt, former South Seattle College horticulture instructor and Washington Native Plant Society board president and Shannon Bailey, Seattle Audubon garden committee chair
Lecture: Saturday, October 12, 10:00-11:00am
Location: Seattle Audubon Nature Shop
Cost: free
Limit: 25
Join us for a guided tour of the native plant garden at SAS. During the tour you’ll learn about: (1) the history of the garden, (2) reasons for gardening with native plants (such as creating habitat for birds!), and (3) a special focus on 10 native plants that provide fall color. Participants may park in the Seattle Audubon lot or use the abundant free street parking around the Seattle Audubon building. Suitable for birders of all stripes


10 Gateway birds of Seattle and how to find them
with Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser, Seattle Audubon Master Birder
Lecture: Monday, October 14, 7:00-9:00pm
Location:  Phinney Neighborhood Center, Brick Building Room 31
Field Trip: (optional) Sunday, October 20, 8:00am - noon, Discovery Park
Cost: $25 members, $40 non-members
Limit: 25
Are you just beginning your life as a birder? Not sure where to go to see interesting birds? Or how to find them, once you get there? Using 10 (or so) charismatic birds found in Seattle as examples, we’ll explore resources you can use to plan your birding excursions. We’ll also talk through strategies for laying eyes on those feathered beauties and for then figuring out who you’re looking at. Taught by a Master Birder who is still discovering cool places to go birding. Appropriate for beginner birders

 
Shorebirds
with Dennis Paulson, Director Emeritus at The Slater Museum, teacher and author
Lecture: Tuesdays, November 5, 12 and 19, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Brick Building Room 35
Cost: $90 members, $105 non-members
Limit: 24
Shorebirds (plovers, sandpipers and their relatives) are among the most noteworthy birds on the Pacific Northwest coast, and we see many of them away from the coast as well. As a group they are known for their sociality, strong and swift flight, long migrations, musical vocalizations, varied foraging behavior, and complex plumage change that can make them challenging to identify. They are also fascinating because of their equally varied breeding behavior and antipredator adaptations. Join Dennis Paulson for three illustrated lectures to get an overview of shorebird natural history and an introduction to the many and varied species of the Pacific Northwest. Appropriate for intermediate birders. This class is full. To join the wait list, click the REGISTER button (above) and add the WAIT LIST option to your cart.

 

Master Birder Information

Seattle Audubon offers a Master Birder Program, a two-semester course and education-for-service program focusing on the identification and natural history of Washington's birds. Offered every other year, participants benefit from an intensive study of Northwest birds and serve as valuable resources for Seattle Audubon and the community.

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