To BPTMN Master Naturalists:
This is an 8-week series of Beginner Birding virtual classes. These classes have been approved for one-hour of AT for each class (unless you have attended previously-this series is offered annually). You can sign up for the entire series or just the classes that interest you. There is a cost of $5 per class or $30 for the series.
Program: Beginning Birding Virtual Classes
Description: Register now to join Kristine Rivers with Birding for Fun for her next series of Beginner Birding Virtual Classes! Classes will be held via Zoom on Mondays at 7pm. Register for the entire series or just the topics that interest you!
Classes are designed to be interactive, and you will get the most benefit from participating live. All classes are recorded, however, so if you miss one you can just view the video to get caught up!
Cost: $5 per Class or $30 per Series
- Monday, January 9, 2023:Intro to Birding – Find out why the Upper Texas Coast area offers some of the best birding in the world, and how you can get involved! We’ll also review some common species of birds in our area, with tips on identification.
- Monday, January 16, 2023:How to Select Binoculars & Field Guides – Excited about birding, but not sure where to start? This class will give you insight into how to select the binoculars and field guides that are right for you, so you can feel confident when making purchasing decisions.
- Monday, January 23, 2023: Understanding Your Birding Field Guide– Crest, crown, speculum, undertail coverts, supercilium—seriously? Don’t let the terminology in your field guide confuse you! We’ll help you make sense of what everything means, in easy to understand language, using photos of birds in our area as examples. Have your field guide nearby if you would like to refer to it during class.
- Monday, January 30, 2023: Using Your Birding Field Guide– When you’re just starting out, using your field guide to try to identify a bird in the field can be difficult! We’ll help you narrow down where to look in your field guide, and talk about different identification methods using size and shape, behavior and habitat clues. Then you’ll have a chance to practice your identification skills, so be sure to have your favorite field guide handy!
- Monday, February 6, 2023: Location, Location, Location! Understanding Habitat– Birds are an amazingly diverse group of animals with over 10,000 species worldwide, because they have adapted over time to survive in almost every type of habitat. We’ll take a close look at the many different habitat types in our area, and the kinds of birds that each attracts.
- Monday, February 13, 2023: Bird’s Eye View on Behavior– Fascinated with bird behavior? So are we! Join us for this special presentation using our personal videos of a variety of birds in action to learn how you can use behavior to help with identification.
- Monday, February 20, 2023: It’s Time for a Makeover! Understanding Plumage Variation– In this interactive presentation, we’ll discuss the reasons for plumage variations; how molting can affect identification; and color changes of bills, lores, legs, and feet. Bring your favorite field guide to practice your identification skills!
- Monday, February 27, 2023: Spring Migration– Spring migration is an exciting time to go birding with all the beautiful migrants passing through our area. We’ll talk about migration trends, and take a closer look at some of the species that you may see.
Time: Classes will be held on Mondays at 7:00pm via Zoom and will last for one-hour.
NOTE: Click on Calendar Date “January 9” to begin registration.
These popular classes fill up quickly, so please be sure to sign up soon if you’re interested!
For More Information Contact:
Kristine Rivers: firstname.lastname@example.org
Logging AT: You can receive 1 hour AT for each class to be logged as AT: Other Preapproved Training with “Beginner Birding Classes” and name of class in description box.
Link for Additional Information: https://birdingforfun.com/
BPTMN Communications Director