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. This online series will introduce you to the birdwatching basics, from how to identify different bird families to various tools and resources at your disposal. Find out what makes birds unique in the animal kingdom; where and how to locate birds in urban, suburban, and rural communities; and learn about basic bird biology and behavior. Learn from the experts at Mass Audubon so you can join one of the fastest growing hobbies in North America.
March 3: History of Birdwatching
March 10: Tools & Resources
March 17: Identification Strategy
March 24: Location & Timing
March 31: Behaviors
April 7: Birding by Ear
April 14: Bird Conservation
April 21: Reflections, Questions, and Answers
Optional, self-directed birdwatching exercises will be suggested in between topics each week. You'll have an opportunity to share images and stories from your weekly birdwatching experiences and adventures in the final class meeting.
Join us for one, some or all! Individual session: $15 Members; $20 Nonmembers. Or, enroll in the entire 8-session series for the price of 6: $90 Members; $120 Nonmembers
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.
Optional review session will be offered at 7:00pm on 4/21 where you're invited to share your experiences in the field and ask questions.
While not a requirement for this online course or general bird observation, binoculars make it easier to see subtle visual details used in identification. We'll cover what to look for when purchasing binoculars in our Tools & Resources week. Purchasing can be done at many large retailers, as well as online and in store at the Mass Audubon Shop.