Adult classes

Birmingham Audubon offers courses for all levels of birders and nature lovers.

Upcoming Courses:

Click on each class for more details and registration. Pre-registration for our classes is required as space is limited. Please do not show up to class if you did not register ahead. Please, no pets in the classroom—only service animals specifically trained to aid a person with a disability are welcome. Thanks!

*New* Advanced Bird Identification (fall 2019)
Paul Franklin presents useful tools for identifying the confusing fall and early winter birds. Students will learn tips and tricks for use in the field during the season when the the greatest number of confusing ID problems are present. Six class meetings at our Birmingham office in September and October on Monday nights (9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21), 6–8 p.m.

Introduction to Birds and Birding (fall 2019)
Master-birder Greg Harber teaches students everything they need to know to get started with their new favorite hobby. Seven class meetings at our Birmingham office in September and October on Wednesday nights (9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30), 6–8 p.m.

*New* Landscaping for Wildlife (fall 2019)
Learn how to make your yard more inviting for birds and pollinators and the importance of planting native species with Paul Franklin for this new, one-day workshop. Class will meet at our Birmingham offices on a Saturday TBD this fall at 9 a.m. with a break for lunch followed by an optional afternoon trip to Petals from the Past in Jemison.

Mastering Winter Water Birds (winter 2020)
Greg Harber provides a comprehensive look at all the birds you’re likely to encounter on or near Alabama’s winter waterways. Topics include identifying loons, grebes, geese, ducks, and cranes, as well as finding reliable populations of these birds in the greater Birmingham area. Field trips will supplement classroom learning with real-world experience. Four class meetings at our Birmingham offices, Monday nights (1/6, 1/13, 1/27, 2/3), 6:00–8:00 p.m. Class will not meet on MLK Day (1/20).

Other previous courses:

Alabama’s Birds of Prey (fall 2018)
Paul Franklin helps birders navigate the sometimes confusing world of raptor identification. We expect to experience a portion of the dynamic fall hawk migration, as the birds move toward their wintering grounds. We also anticipate seeing a good assortment of both adult and subadult plumages in the birds of prey during this period. Weekly class field trips provide students with opportunities to test their new skills in the field. Six class meetings at our Birmingham office, Monday nights (10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19), 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Winter Birding by Ear (winter 2019)
The ability to bird by ear, recognizing and identifying various species from their vocalizations, is of invaluable assistance in the field. Most of the available instructional material on bird songs centers around the songs and calls heard during the typical breeding season, in spring and early summer. Paul Franklin seeks to remedy this situation with the inaugural offering of this exciting course. This six-week class will meet at our Birmingham offices for opening night—and as situations warrant afterward—on Monday nights (2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18), 6:30–8:30 p.m. We will spend most of our time learning in the field.

Warblers and Vireos (spring 2019)
Join Paul Franklin as he tackles the complicated identification problems posed by Alabama’s migratory warblers and vireos. Field trips are timed to provide maximum exposure to these small, but beautiful, birds. Six class meetings on Monday nights (4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6), 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Spring Birding by Ear (spring 2019)
Paul Franklin teaches students how to identify various species by their songs and calls heard during breeding season with the inaugural offering of this exciting course. Six class meetings on Wednesday nights (5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5), 6:30–8:30 p.m. Much time will also be spent learning in the field.

Greg Harber has been a member of Birmingham Audubon since he first moved to the city in 1986. During that time, he has served in various capacities, including as a chapter officer and key member on several committees (Bird Counts and Education, among others). An avid cyclist and master birder, he currently serves on the Birmingham Audubon Board of Directors and as chairman of our Field Trips committee.


A lifelong birder, Paul Franklin has taught birding courses at UAB, Samford University, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and other institutions since 1987. As an active member of Birmingham Audubon, Paul has served as chairman of the Field Trips and Conservation committees, volunteered as a bird-count compiler, and fulfilled two terms as president of the organization. Among other accomplishments, he has conducted Breeding Bird Survey routes for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, held a Master Bird Bander license, and acted as the state’s primary ornithologist during the development of the Alabama Birding Trail.