Introduction to Birds and Birding (fall 2017)

Winter birding in Birmingham. Photo: Bob Farley

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 six consecutive Mondays, 6:30 to 8:30 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 Saigon Noodle House.) Each class meeting covers a different aspect of birding for the beginner:

  • October 9th: Selecting and using field guides and optics
  • October 16th: Attracting birds to your yard, bird-feeding basics, and how to find birds in Birmingham and beyond.
  • October 23rd: Learning to identify waterfowl, gulls, hawks, and owls
  • October 30th: Learning to identify wading birds, sandpipers, doves, nightjars, and woodpeckers
  • November 6th: Learning to identify flycatchers and warblers
  • November 13th: Learning to identify sparrows, blackbirds, and finches

Cost: Your one-time registration fee ($50/members; $75/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 below. 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.

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Questions? Email Birmingham Audubon Outreach Director Ansel Payne, or call 205-719-3678.

Photo: Birmingham Audubon

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.