Classes

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. Short video excerpts from some of my presentations are available on my Patreon account.

Webinars from Portland Audubon

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Birding Oregon Hotspots: Washington Co. Wetlands

October 5, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Webinar

Located just west of Portland, Washington County has a surprising number of wetlands, ranging from urban duck ponds to vast marshes. This class will introduce you to some of the best birding sites, showing you how to get there and what birds you can expect in the different seasons.

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Gulls in Winter

October 26, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Webinar

Oregon hosts a wonderful diversity of gulls in the winter. Some birders shy away from these birds because of their reputation for being hard to identify. But most individual birds are pretty easy if you know what to look for. This class will introduce you to all the regularly occurring species and show you what makes each species unique.

Gull Field Trip to the Coast

October 30, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

The Oregon Coast is a hotspot of gull diversity in the winter. This trip will give you the opportunity to practice your gulling skills with side-by-side comparisons of different species and exposure to birds of varying ages. Past trips have found 8-10 species of gull, but more are possible. Register here.

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Little Brown Birds: Winter Sparrows

November 18, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Webinar

Oregon hosts a great variety of sparrows in the winter. At first glance, all those little brown birds might look alike. But sparrows show a lot of variety in size, shape, color, and pattern. This class will show you what to look for so that you can identify sparrows like a pro.

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Feeding Birds

December 7, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Webinar

Feeding birds is a great way to enjoy a variety of species from the comfort of home, but there are things to know in order to attract birds and keep them safe. This class will introduce you to the best foods to offer and show you various types of feeders. We will also address how to minimize visits from rodents and other unwanted species, and show ways to help prevent the spread of disease.

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Winter Waterfowl

January 11, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Webinar

Many species of waterfowl spend the winter in the Willamette Valley. This class will show you how to identify ducks, geese, and swans by looking at shape, behavior, and pattern, with an emphasis on identifying birds at a distance. We will also be looking at the various subspecies of Canada and Cackling Geese that winter here.

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Little Brown Birds: Wrens, Finches, and Blackbirds

February 8, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Webinar

Lots of birds fit into the “Little Brown Bird” category. It can be challenging to distinguish the different species of wrens, finches, and blackbirds if you don’t know what to look for. This class will show the unique patterns and behaviors of each species, so you can more easily identify each one.