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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 March – April, 2018

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

March 3rd Class — Saturday, 10a.m. to noon
“Birdscaping – Inviting birds to your yard”

March brings a new program to our Backyard Birding Series. Carolyn Wilcox, owner and guide for Experience Olympic Tours on the Olympic Peninsula, has a small urban/forest edge lot in Port Angeles.

Some of the 20+ species of wintering birds that have accepted an invitation to her yard are the Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Bewick’s Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Varied Thrush, Townsend’s Warbler, and Fox Sparrow. New this winter, a large brush pile enticed a Pacific Wren to her yard. Carolyn is working to improve breeding spaces to her small property by introducing nest boxes. She will discuss bird habitat: composting, dead wood (snags, nurse logs, brush piles), hedges, native plants, feeders, nest boxes, and water features. Included will be ideas on how to improve the safe movement of birds through your home’s surroundings.

Come and bring your ideas and questions.  Be ready for spring birds!

April 7th Class — Saturday, 10 am to noon.
Spring Sounds 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 7th

Our April class in the series brings Sounds of Spring’ to you a month earlier than last year, and will help tune up your ear for BirdFest. Dow Lambert and Ken Wiersema will present one of the most popular and well-attended programs, at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park. Their presentation includes new and re-edited slides, videos, and sound recordings of our local birds. Each year, polishing your listening skills will help you recognize neighborhood birds by their songs and their calls. Come and learn to improve your knowledge and enjoyment of the birds in our backyards, fields, and shores.

The remaining programs for this year’s series include “Migration” by a new speaker Tomás Setubal on May 5th;   “Birds out of the nest” by Ken Wiersema on June 9th; and “Gulls” by Bob Boekelheide on July 7th. • • • • Watch for further details!

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