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Backyard Birding Class

by Ken Wiersema



Backyard Birding Programs

The next Backyard Birding class will be on Saturday, November 2nd at 10:00 a.m. at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park, Sequim.

This second in the annual series of programs will be Landscaping for Birds with Native Plants, presented by Joe Holtrop, Executive Director of the Clallam Conservation District. Joe will discuss important aspects of designing and developing a bird-friendly yard – including food plantings, water, and shelter. He’ll emphasize the use of plants native to our area.

Our December Backyard Birding class will be on Saturday, December 7th at 10:00 a.m. at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park, Sequim.

We feature Christie Lassen, co-owner of Wild Birds unlimited in Gardiner. She will present an array of information on Winter Care and Feeding of Birds in your Garden by providing examples of feeders for humming birds – to seeds for wintering song birds – to suet for woodpeckers. Christie will offer recommendations on what to feed wintering birds and why. She will also have items for sale to put under your Christmas tree.

Backyard Birding can be taken either as individual classes or in a series. The cost of each session is $5. Admission is free for anyone under 18. For participants attending five sessions in the annual series, OPAS offers a complementary one-year membership.

Backyard Birding series for 2019-20

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 Bob Iddins & Ken Wiersema
Nov 2 Landscaping for Birds with Native Plants Joe Holtrop

Clallam Conservation Dist.


Dec 7 Winter Care and Feeding of Birds in your Garden 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.