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Backyard Birding Class

by Ken Wiersema



Backyard Birding Programs

Happy New Year 2020 – We start off the New Year with a series of your favorite programs and classes. Take some time from your winter chores and plan to attend one or more of these offerings:

Backyard Birding Programs hosted at Dungeness River Audubon Center

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.

  • Saturday Jan 4th at 10 a.m.—Birdscaping
    Backyard Birding welcomes the new year by revisiting a program we introduced last year – Birdscaping. It will again be presented by Carolyn Wilcox, who operates Experience Olympic LLC and lives in Port Angeles. She will share her well tested projects and recommendations on designing and adjusting modest urban habitats to attract birds and provide them safe and attractive feeding and nesting spaces. She will discuss an array of topics including feeder types and locations, nest boxes, invasive plants and bird species, rodent control, window strikes, and the value of snags.
  • Saturday February 1st at 10 a.m. — Bird Nesting and GBBC – eBird Primer
    Bob Boekelheide and Ken Wiersema will present a 3-part program on bird nests, the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), and a tutorial on eBird as a tool for recording and distributing bird sightings. We encourage attendees to bring their phones or other mobile electronics (iPads, tablets, and laptops) and we’ll provide hands-on instruction on how to use and enter bird sightings on eBird. It’s easy and fun!


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 – eBird 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.