This 2-part 8 week online series covers everything you need to know to get to know the world of birding.
Beginning Birdwatching 1
You've started to notice more closely the familiar and intriguing birds in your backyard, on your commute, or outside your window-now you want to know more. Learn birdwatching basics from the experts, including various tools and resources and how you can help support local and global bird populations. Find out what makes birds unique within the animal kingdom, where and how to locate birds in different settings, and get introduced to basic bird biology and behavior. This class will help you get started; give you opportunities to practice; and build your skills at locating, observing, and identifying local birds so you can join one of the fastest growing life-long, recreational activities in North America.
Beginning Birdwatching 2
Why do birds communicate? Why do some birds fuss with their feathers so much? You can identify a handful of birds, but now you're hooked and want to know even more. Learn about bird behaviors you might observe--such as feather maintenance, migration, flight, feeding, and communication--in this online series. Master the physical characteristics of bird anatomy, and how to strengthen your beginning skills as a birdwatcher. Topics will include attracting and observing birds, recording and sharing your observations, bird conservation projects and practices, and how individuals can support local and global bird populations with everyday actions and community science.
Each weekly class will include optional, self-directed outdoor observation exercises and a 30-minute follow-up discussion session a week later, providing an opportunity for you to observe birds and share your discoveries and questions with classmates and instructors.
Meet your presenters:
Scott Santino, Teacher Naturalist at Ipswich River, Doug Lowry, Teacher-Naturalist at North River, and Lucy Gertz, Statewide Education Manager, plus multiple guest presenters from Mass Audubon and beyond.
You will receive the Microsoft Teams Link to log into the program in your confirmation. An email reminder will also be sent to you 24 hours before program start.