‘Becoming a Birder’
Speaker: Denny Van Horn
**—You’re a birdwatcher. Great. Now take the next step — become a Birder!
Birdwatchers watch birds; but, a Birder knows birds! This class introduces you to the basics of birding. You will learn how to look at birds, how to note key field marks, how to describe a bird, and how to take birding notes. You will be shown the “tools of the trade”: field guides, on-line resources and optics. We will explore field note techniques, and how to draw stick-birds for ID purposes. Denny will discuss birding ethics.
Denny Van Horn is an expert and experienced birder who will provide information to improve your enjoyment and understanding of birds. He will even outline how to record your own “Birding Year”.
A variety of binoculars, scopes, and field guides will be available for you to try.
Reference websites describing species in our area, and, ways to keep records will be explained. This is always a fun, engaging, and well-attended program. It is a good place to build, refresh, and to improve your birding skills.
This series of classes, hosted by members of the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society. It is intended for residents of this area who are interested in knowing more about birds seen locally each season of the year, and, learning how to develop good habitats for wild birds. “Backyard Birding” can be taken either as individual classes or in a series. The cost of each session is $5 and is free for anyone under 18. After the completion of five sessions, participants will be offered free membership in OPAS for one year.