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Backyard Birder Class

by Ken Wiersema



Backyard Birder series for 2019-20

The Backyard Birder Series will be starting on October 5th with new offerings of local birding subjects. We have some new instructors and an array of exciting topics for those who are new to the Olympic Peninsula, or might have moved into a different birding habitat, or want to refresh and expand their birding

Our first program will be led by two birding veterans, who will offer their views on the basic skills of birding, some ID tips, discussion of birding optics, the pros and cons of field guides, information on the e-bird system, mobile birding apps — and much more. So join us for the launch of our new program year.

The following schedule is firm through February. Plan to attend on the 1st Saturday of each month. The subjects and presenters may be changed as the year goes along.  If you have questions, or want a specific birding subject presented, please let me know and we’ll make an effort to fit it into a class.

Month Date Subject Presenter [s]
Oct 5 Birding basics & tools of being a birder Bob Iddins & Ken Wiersema
Nov 2 Landscaping your property for birds with native plants Joe Holtrop

Clallam Conservation Dist.


Dec 7 Winter bird feeding and watering.  New bird feeding accessories Christie Lassen,

Co-Owner Wild Birds Unlimited in Gardiner



4 Birdscaping — inviting Birds to your yard Carolyn Wilcox


Feb 1 Bird nesting and GBBC

e-Bird primer

Bob Boekelheide & Ken Wiersema


Mar 7 Birds the – inside story

Bird anatomy & biology

Shirley Anderson & Ken Wiersema


Apr 4 Migration – why they do it, where they go, how they navigate. Tomás Setubal


May 2 Spring Sounds — local recording and video of our Spring singers Dow Lambert and Ken Wiersema
June 6 Out of the Nest – the fledging and vulnerability of new bird lives Ken Wiersema


July 4 [ likely moved to Jul 11th] Gulls and Local Shorebirds Bob Boekelheide

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. Instructors are volunteers, and class fees support the educational programs of OPAS and the Dungeness River Audubon Center.

We invite new presenters to be part our Backyard birding programs. If you have a topic you’d want to present or know of a speaker who’d be interested in doing a class,  please let me or Rhonda Marks-Coats ( know and we’ll follow up.  And if you wish to suggest a new or revised bird subject we should offer, also let us know.