I can’t offer my usual classes due to pandemics and such, but I am offering one-hour webinars through Portland Audubon. Go to their website to sign up.
The thickets and brush piles are full of little brown birds this time of year. At first glance, they may all look alike. But with a little practice you will be able to recognize the great diversity of cryptic species. This class will focus on the finches, wrens, and blackbirds.
Spring shorebird migration peaks in late April and early May. This class will teach you to use size, shape, color, and behavior to identify all the regularly occurring species that migrate through western Oregon.
This class will focus on all the flycatchers that pass through in spring, from the colorful kingbirds to the cryptic Empidonax complex. We will study both field marks and calls to help you learn to identify this challenging group of birds.
Warblers epitomize spring migration. While the west doesn’t get the diversity of warbler species found in the east, we still get a nice variety of these beautiful birds from the tropics. This class will teach you to identify all the regularly occurring warblers by sight and sound.
Birds might get all of the attention, but there is a host of other species to be found right under your feet. Some blend into their environment while other boasts colors that rival the warblers. This class will introduce you to all the frogs, salamanders, turtles, lizards, and snakes (herps) commonly found in the Portland area. You will learn how to identify each species and get tips on finding and safely observing these fascinating animals.