Class policy: 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!
Advanced Bird Identification
Learn useful tools for identifying confusing fall and early winter birds with Paul Franklin as he teaches field tips and tricks during the season when the greatest number of confusing ID problems are present. This class specifically covers the puzzlers—fall flycatchers, Cooper’s versus Sharp-shinned Hawks, female and immature tanagers, and all the other “head-scratchers” that appear in the fall and early winter. Weekly class field trips provide students with opportunities to test their new skills in the field.
Where and when do we meet? The course meets on six consecutive Mondays (9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21), 6–8 p.m., at the Birmingham Audubon offices, located on the second floor of 3720 Fourth Avenue South. (Ample and well-lit parking is available in back, just behind Rodney Scott’s BBQ.)
Cost: Your one-time registration fee ($75/members; $100/non-members) covers all six meetings. (While you are not required to attend each class, do note that we cannot refund individuals for partial attendance.)
Registration: Class size is limited to fifteen, so don’t delay! To register, click on the button above. If you’re new to our online system and don’t yet have a username and password, simply click the “X” on the pop up and fill out the basic form.
Accessibility: Wheelchair access and limited parking is available in the front of the building on Fourth Avenue South. If parking in the back parking lot, there are stairs to get into the building.
Questions? Email the Outreach & Communications Director, or call 205-719-3678.
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Instructor: 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.