rt loon 1Advanced Waterfowl

Audubon Society of Portland
February 18 Class 7-9 pm
February 20 Local Field Trip

This class examines the more challenging aspects of waterfowl ID, with an emphasis on female and winter plumages. We will look at potentially confusing groups, like scaups, goldeneyes, loons, and swans. We will learn to differentiate the various subspecies of Cackling and Canada Geese, and study coastal species that we don’t get to see as often in the Willamette Valley. Saturday’s field trip will explore local waterfowl hotspots to practice our new skills.
To register, contact Portland Audubon.

savannah sparrowLittle Brown Birds

Audubon Society of Portland
March 24 Class 7-9 pm
March 26 Local Field Trip 8-noon

Sparrows, finches, and wrens, often referred to LBBs (Little Brown Birds), can all look alike at first glance. But with a little practice, you will learn to recognize the many shapes, patterns, and behaviors that let you easily identify the many members of this vast group. In the class, we will study the details of all the local LBBs. On Saturday, we will visit local “sparrow patches” to compare these birds in the field.
To register, contact Portland Audubon.

yellow-rumped back
Warblers and Flycatchers

Audubon Society of Portland
May 6, Class 7-9 pm
May 7, Field Trip 7-10 am

Various species of warblers and flycatchers return from the tropics each spring, providing splashes of color and identification challenges. This class will introduce you to the seven species of warblers and seven species of flycatchers that regularly occur in the Portland area. Learn to recognize these birds by sight, sound, and behavior. Saturday’s field trip will visit one of Portland’s spring migrant traps. To register, contact Portland Audubon.