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I am pleased to once again offer our Birding for Fun 8-week series of Beginner Birding virtual classes. You can sign up for the entire series or just the classes that interest you. Classes will be held on Mondays at 7pm throughout May and June via Zoom.
May 2 – June 27, 2022 (no class May 30 due to holiday)
Cost: $5/class OR $30/8-week series
Register here: https://birdingforfun.com/events/
Please find descriptions for each of the classes below:
Monday, May 2, 2022: Intro to Birding – Find out why Texas offers some of the best birding in the world, and how you can get involved! We’ll also review some common species of birds, with tips on identification.
Tuesday, May 9, 2022: 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, May 16, 2022: 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 the class.
Monday, May 23, 2022: 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, June 6, 2022: 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, June 13, 2022: 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, June 20, 2022: Rat-a-tat-tat! Who’s That? Nature’s Drummers – Woodpeckers are fascinating birds with amazing physiological adaptations and behavioral habits. We’ll discuss how their anatomical structure protects them from injury, then take a closer look at species that are common along the Upper Texas Coast.
Monday, June 27, 2022: 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!