“I Don’t Do Gulls” Gulls Class 2021 (FULL)

NOTE: This class is full with a waitlist.

Class Dates: November 10, December 8, 2021, January 12, 2022 (6:00-8:30pm, via Zoom)
Field Trip Date: January 14-16, 2022
Instructor: Jeff Patterson

Are you tired of being one of those birders who says “I don’t do gulls”? If so, Travis Audubon’s “I Don’t Do Gulls” gulls class is just what you need!!!!

Gulls can be a vexing identification challenge, there’s no doubt. But this class will strive to make gulls “doable”, if not simple. Rather than getting lost in the myriad of gull plumages, this class will address gulls first based on their likelihood of occurrence, then on their structure, and finally it will support the identification with plumage details. The class will address the gulls likely to be found in Texas during the winter “gulling” season. If time allows, the class will also address the terns of Texas.

The class will follow the approach of the fine book Gulls Simplified, A Comparative Approach to Identification, by Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson. Though it is not necessary to purchase the book for the class, it is a great resource for learning gulls.

The class consists of 3 weekday evening meetings and 1 weekend field trip. Classroom sessions will be held via Zoom, and if conditions allow, an optional field trip to Corpus Christi and vicinity will be conducted. Please be aware that the field trip is tentative; it will only be conducted if Covid 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, Shorebird, Empid, Flycatcher and Be a Better Birder classes for Travis Audubon.

Prerequisites: This is not a class for beginners. It is designed for students who have intermediate to advanced birding experience and who are ready to dive into the world of the Laridae (gulls & terns).

The tuition for this course is $75 for Travis Audubon members and $85 for non-members. For those who go on the coast trip, there will be an additional fee of $45 to partially cover the leaders’ trip expenses. Class is limited to 20 participants.

Class and Field Trip Schedule:







Wednesday, November 10, 2021

6:00-8:30 pm



Wednesday, December 8, 2021

6:00-8:30 pm



Wednesday, January 12, 2022

6:00-8:30 pm



January 14-16, 2022

Noon Friday-Noon Sunday

Field Trip to Corpus Christi & vicinity

(If conditions allow)