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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 November-December, 2017

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

November Class — Becoming a Birder

Denny Van Horn will present the November 4 program at the Dungeness River Audubon Center in Railroad Bridge Park from 10 a.m. until noon. So, you’re a birdwatcher! Great. Now take the next step — become a Birder! Birdwatchers watch birds, but a Birder knows birds! This class introduces you to the basics of birding. You will learn how to look at birds, how to note key field marks, how to describe a bird, and how to take birding notes. You will be shown the “tools of the trade”: field guides, on-line resources, and optics. We will explore field-note techniques, and how to draw stick-birds for ID purposes. Denny will also discuss birding ethics – the do’s and don’ts of responsible birding.

Denny Van Horn is an expert and experienced birder, who will provide information to improve your enjoyment and understanding of birds. He will even outline how to record your own “Birding Year”. A variety of binoculars, scopes, and field guides will be available for you to try. Reference websites describing species in our area, and ways to keep records will be explained. This is always a fun, engaging, and well-attended program. It is a good place to start, build, refresh, and improve your birding skills.

This class is second in the series of classes hosted by members of the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, and is intended for residents of the area who are interested in knowing more about birds seen locally each season of the year, and in learning how to develop good habitats for wild birds. All sessions are at the Dungeness River Audubon Center in Railroad Bridge Park from 10 am until noon. The public is invited to attend any or all of the sessions. “Backyard Birding” can be taken either as individual classes or in 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.  

December Class — Winter Care & Feeding in the Garden

Christie Lassen of Wild Birds Unlimited will present the December 2 program at the Dungeness River Audubon Center in Railroad Bridge Park from 10 a.m. until noon. Her presentation will cover general bird feeding, including types of feeders, and different feeds for attracting specific birds, with an emphasis on our over-wintering species and clean bird feeding. She will include specific ideas for providing continuing winter water supplies, ways to feed the birds – not the rodents, and meeting the needs of the Anna’s Hummingbird, which has started staying here throughout the year. She will address specific questions from participants.

This class is third in the series presented by OPAS. The ‘Backyard Birding’ series is hosted by the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society (OPAS). All sessions are at the Dungeness River Audubon Center in Railroad Bridge Park from 10 am until noon. The public is invited to attend any or all of the sessions. For adults over age 18, a five dollar fee will be payable for each class. After five classes are attended, a free year of membership in OPAS will be offered.

For more information, contact: 360-681-4076 / rceducation@olympus.net