Shorebirds Class 2021

NOTE: Registration closes at 5 PM on August 6.

Can you tell the difference between those little brown birds on the mudflats at Hornsby Bend? If not, join Jeff Patterson and Eric Stager for Travis Audubon’s Shorebird Identification Class of 2021! This class is intended for intermediate birders who would like to increase their skills at identifying sandpipers, plovers, godwits, phalaropes, dowitchers, and other shorebirds.

Shorebirds are a fascinating and varied group of birds, with many interesting identification issues. Some undertake spectacular long-distance migrations (Hudsonian Godwits embark on a 6,000 mile migration which frequently includes stops in Texas). When suitable habitat is available, Central Texas can be an excellent place to study shorebirds at their migration stopovers.

Jeff teaches the popular TAS class on Birdsong and Jeff and Eric c0-teach the TAS Be a Better Birder Class. Both have been birding most of their lives and this will be their 8th year to teach the shorebird class.

Class 1 (zoom): Sunday, August 8, 3:00-5:30pm, via Zoom
Field Trip 1 (in person): Sunday, August 8, 6:30-8:00pm, Hornsby Bend ponds
Class 2 (zoom): Sunday, August 29, 3:00-5:30pm, via Zoom
Field Trip 2 (zoom): Wednesday, September 1, 6:30-8:00pm, via Zoom. We will be looking at and discussing amateur videos of local shorebirds.
Class 3 (zoom): Sunday, September 5, 3:00-5:30pm, via Zoom
Field Trip 3 (in person): Sunday, September 5, 6:30-8:00pm, meet at Hornsby Bend building
Weekend field trip to Corpus Christi Area September 10-12, starts 5:00pm in Corpus on Friday, ends 12:00 noon in Corpus on Sunday.

The tuition is $75 for TAS 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.

In-person field trips are subject to the conditions of Travis Audubon’s COVID-19 Policy at the time the field trip is scheduled to take place.

A minimum of 5 and a maximum of 15 people can attend the coastal field trip. For more information, contact Jeff Patterson at If you have taken the class before and want to go on the field trip to the Coastal Bend only, contact to be put on a waiting list in case there is space available.