Class Dates: April 13 & 27 2021
Do you know these words: Myiarchus, Contopus, Tyrannus, Sayornis? These are genus names from the family Tyrannidae – The Tyrant Flycatchers. If you wonder which Latin word goes with which group of birds, you may be interested in this intermediate level class which will cover identification of the Texas members of this feisty group of pewees, kingbirds, phoebes and yes, flycatchers. In addition to identification lectures, the class will focus on exercises and mnemonics designed for you to first see the subtle differences in these species, and then to remember them. PLEASE NOTE: this class will only briefly address the dreaded Empidonax flycatchers; a separate Travis Audubon class will cover the Empids in detail.
The class consists of 2 weekday evening meetings and 1 weekend field trip. Classroom sessions will be held via Zoom, and if conditions allow, we will search for flycatchers at Hornsby Bend in early May. Please be aware that the field trip is tentative; it will only be conducted if conditions and Travis Audubon policy allow. The class and field trip schedules are listed below.
Instructor: Jeff Patterson is a life-long birder and experienced instructor having taught the Birdsong and Shorebird classes for a number of years, and most recently the Be a Better Birder class for Travis Audubon.
Prerequisites: This class is designed for students who have at least intermediate birding experience and who want to improve their birding skills through detailed study of this sometimes tricky group of birds.
The tuition for this course is $60 for Travis Audubon members and $75 for non-members. Registration is limited to 20 participants.
Class and Field Trip Schedule: