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.
Note: Class registration now happens online. Should using a computer be problematic, call The Nature Shop (206-523-4483) to register. Here's a visual for how to receive the member discount.
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10 Gateway birds of Seattle and how to find them with Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser, Seattle Audubon Master Birder
Lecture: Thursday, April 18, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Blue Building, Room 3
Field Trip: (optional, to be organized during class) Saturday, April 20, 8:00am-TBD
Cost: $35 members, $50 non-members
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.
Intermediate Bird ID: Common Birds of Spring with Connie Sidles, author and Master Birder
Lectures: Thursdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30, 7:00-9:00pm
Field Trip: Two per student, sign-up in class: May 11 - Fill Big Day; May 18- Bottle Beach and Brady Loop; June 1- I-90/Cle Elum; June 8 – Ridgefield (+Optional Scavenger Hunt: May 25 at the Montlake Fill)
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center
Cost: $120 members, $135 non-members
Its spring, and birds are on the move. 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 migrants coming to and through Seattle in the spring: shorebirds, warblers, vireos, swifts, tanagers, and flycatchers. We'll learn songs, plumages, and natural history so you will really *know* these birds.
In addition to 4 classroom sessions, Connie will lead 4 field trips, where you can observe the birds studied in class. Participants are limited to 10 people per trip. We will record your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices during the first class and will figure out who is assigned to each field trip. We'll do our best to try to give everyone their 1st or 2nd choice, and we'll also try to give everyone two trips. Field trip transportation is by carpool, with gas expenses shared by passengers.
In addition to the field trips, all students may participate in a scavenger hunt, when we will divide into teams and search our area for targeted birds. It's a contest! Finally, all students are invited to join Connie on weekly Sunday shorebird counts at the Fill (not Seattle Audubon affiliated) and a once-a-month bird census of all birds at Montlake Fill. This is part of a 3-year study project to document the effects of WSDOT's mitigation plan at this site. Dates/times TBA. 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.