Introduction to Birds and Birding (Greg Harber)

Winter birding in Birmingham. Photo: Bob Farley

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!

To register for this event, click on the blue button below. If you already have a Birmingham Audubon login and password, you can enter it there; if not, simply click the upper-right-hand “X,” and fill out the event registration form.
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This introductory course provides novice birders with everything they need to know to get started with their new favorite hobby, including:

  • selecting optics
  • choosing field guides
  • feeding birds in your backyard
  • finding birds in Birmingham and throughout Alabama
  • identifying common birds and bird families

While the first two weeks explore the “tools of the trade,” the remaining class sessions teach students how to use field guides to identify many of the birds they are most likely to encounter in our region.

Textbook: The National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America will serve as the text for this course; while we encourage students to bring their own, more than enough copies are available for use here in the office.

Where and when do we meet? The course meets on seven consecutive Wednesdays (9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30), 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.) Each class meeting covers a different aspect of birding for the beginner:

  • Day 1: Selecting and using field guides and optics
  • Day 2: Attracting birds to your yard, bird-feeding basics, and how to find birds in Birmingham and beyond
  • Day 3: Learning to identify waterfowl, gulls, hawks, and owls
  • Day 4: Learning to identify wading birds, shorebirds, doves, and woodpeckers
  • Day 5: Learning to identify flycatchers and warblers
  • Day 6: Learning to identify flycatchers and warblers (part 2)
  • Day 7: Learning to identify sparrows, blackbirds, and finches

Cost: Your one-time registration fee ($75/members; $100/non-members) covers all seven 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.

Instructor: Greg Harber has been a member of Birmingham Audubon since he first moved to Birmingham in 1986.  During that time, he has served in various capacities, including as a chapter officer and on several committees (Bird Counts and Education, among others).  He currently serves as chairman of our Field Trips committee.