Introduction to Birds and Birding Fall 2019 (FULL)

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 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.

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.

The classroom sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 to 8:30pm at a location in west Austin. Dates are October 23rd, October 30th, (skip a week) November 13th, and November 20th. Field Trips are on Sundays from 7:30 – early afternoon. Dates are October 27th, November 3rd, (skip a week) November 17th, and November 24th.

Participants will need to bring paper and a pen to the classroom sessions, and bring your binoculars if you have some. 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. Tuition is $95 for TAS members and $110 for non-members.

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