FULL: Introduction to Birds and Birding Fall 2020

This class is for those who want to take an active role in seeking out birds and learning to identify them. It promises to transform your relationship to birds and start you down the road toward a life-long love and enjoyment of birds. Instruction will be provided during four online classroom sessions and four field trips to popular birding locations around Austin. Field trips involve walking on mostly level ground for about a mile or so. Attendance at all the classroom sessions and all field trips is highly recommended in order to get the most out of the class. Field trips will split the class into two groups who will be in the field either Saturdays or Sundays.

Introduction to Birds and Birding will introduce students to a variety of bird and birding-related topics including: how to identify birds; field guides and binoculars; bird identification of many species of Central Texas birds; bird vocalizations; where to go birding in Central Texas; bird migration; and bird conservation. Tuition includes a copy of the sixth edition of the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, our “text book” for the class. All presentations and many other resources will be provided by access to a google website, so a google account will be necessary to get the full benefit from the class. No prior birding experience is necessary.

This course will be instructed by Laurie Foss. The classroom sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 to 9:30pm utilizing the online meeting platform Zoom. Dates are October 28, November 4, November 11 and November 18. Field Trips are on Saturdays or Sundays from 7:30 – 11:00am. Dates are October 31/November 1, November 7/8, November 14/15 and November 21/22. Field trips will take place in small groups and following proper social distancing guidelines.

Binoculars, hats, sturdy closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and water are requirements for the field trips. There are a limited number of binoculars available for loan to students who don’t already have a pair. This is a great opportunity to try out several brands before purchasing your first official pair of birding binoculars.

This class is limited to 12 participants. Due to the high demand for this class, we ask that those who have taken it before not register for this semester. Tuition is $95 for TAS members and $110 for non-members. Contact caley@travisaudubon.org with questions about registration and intro2birding@gmail.com with questions about the class or field trips.

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