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Backyard Birder Class

Backyard Birder Class
by Jane Stewart

The Backyard Birding series of classes, hosted by members of the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, is intended for residents of this area who are interested in knowing more about birds seen locally each season of the year and learning how to develop good habitats for wild birds. The cost of each session is $5 and is free for anyone under 18. 

“Backyard Birding” can be taken either as individual classes or as a series. The cost of each session is $5 and is free for anyone under 18. After the completion of five sessions, participants will be offered free membership in OPAS for one year.

 

Backyard Birder programs for May – June, 2018

Classes will meet at the Dungeness River Audubon Center from 10 a.m. to noon.

 

May 5th Class -Saturday 10 a.m. – noon

“Migration” presented by Tomás Setubal

For our May program, in our Backyard Birding series, Tomás Setubal, a new presenter for 2018, will lead a discussion on the incredible phenomenon of Migration, and the mechanisms that govern the mass movement of avian species worldwide.

Tomás Setubal was born in the bountiful tidelands of Puget Sound but migrated soon after to Brazil. Years later he returned to the USA, undoubtedly driven by the same forces responsible for the cross-continental movement of the winged and feathered. He took up birding in Virginia, and began studying birds in Wisconsin during his undergraduate years. He has been a field-biologist since, having worked in ornithology projects in Ecuador, Brazil, California, and Washington. He was a point-counter for Olympic National Park in 2014, where he now works as an aquatic ecologist.

He will emphasize migratory bird species of Clallam Co, an important component of the Pacific Flyway’s migration routes. He will discuss key species, when they are here, why our varied habitats are important, and why the study of migration is an inherent component toward learning about the health and sustainability of bird populations.

“Backyard Birding” can be taken either as individual classes or as a series. The cost of each session is $5 and is free for anyone under 18. After the completion of five sessions, participants will be offered free membership in OPAS for one year.

 

June 9th Class – Satuday, 10 a.m. – noon

“Out of the Nest” presented by Ken Wiersema and Nina Sarmiento

‘Out of the Nest’ is the subject of the June class in the Backyard Birds series. Ken Wiersema and Nina Sarmiento will present a program that includes the adult bird’s role in feeding and caring for young birds, how young bird’s food needs change as they grow, vulnerabilities of young birds, and how to make your home and property less hazardous to young birds. Different species have differing roles in raising their young. Learn to recognize these and help them thrive.   

Program will be offered at Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

“Backyard Birding” can be taken either as individual classes or as a series. The cost of each session is $5 and is free for anyone under 18. After the completion of five sessions, participants will be offered free membership in OPAS for one year.