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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.

“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.

The eighth class in the BB series ,Sounds of Spring’, with Dow Lambert and Ken Wiersema, will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park. Dow and Ken will present a slide, video, and sound program about recognizing your neighborhood birds by their songs and their calls. The program will feature recent recordings of our local birds.

The ninth class in the BB series, Out of the Nest’, with Ken Wiersema, will meet at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Topics include adult bird roles in feeding and rearing young birds, changes in feeding needs, making your property less hazardous to young birds, and lifestyles of young birds at the most vulnerable time of their lives.

The final class of the series will be on July 8, ‘Gulls and Shorebirds’, with Bob Boekelheide.

The table below shows the full slate of classes in the Backyard Birding Series:

Backyard Birding Series of Classes

Date Topic Presenter(s)
October 8, 2016 Fall Landscaping for Birds Joe Holtrop
November 12 Being a Birder Denny Van Horn
December 10 Winter Care & Feeding in the Garden Christie Lassen
January 14, 2017 Inside Story Shirley Anderson & Ken Wiersema
February 11 Nesting Ken Wiersema
March 11 Spring Gardening for Birds Joe Holtrop
April 15 Migration Ken Leuthold
May 13 Sounds of Spring Dow Lambert & Ken Wiersema
June 10 Out of the Nest Ken Wiersema
July 8 Gulls & Shorebirds Bob Boekelheide