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Classes

Improve your birding skills — or get started in bird-watching with some friendly, expert help! Golden Gate Audubon offers classes for all levels of birding experience. Please register for our classes online (easy and fast). If you don’t have access to a computer, call our office at (510) 843-2222 and we will return your call as soon as possible.

CANCELLATION POLICY: As a small organization with limited office staff, it is challenging for us to handle last-minute cancellations. If you need to cancel, we will refund your registration fee if :

(1) You withdraw more than two weeks before the start of the class, AND
(2) We can fill your spot with someone from the class waiting list.

Please note that there will be a $5 cancellation fee to cover the credit card transaction costs for your sign-up and cancellation.

 

Master Birding

Year-long class, starting February 3

This class is now FULL.

For the fourth year in a row, we’re excited to offer our very popular Master Birding class in cooperation with the California Academy of Sciences (CAS) in San Francisco. The first class will be on Wednesday, February 3, at CAS in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.  Instructors are Jack Dumbacher, Eddie Bartley, and Bob Lewis. The class will be held on the first Wednesday of the month, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. and will finish in December 2016. Field trips will be on a weekend day following the class. There are a total of 11 classes and 11 field trips. For more information, fees, and registration, see the Cal Academy web site.

Note: This may be the last year for a while that we offer this one-of-a-kind class! So take advantage of it while it’s available.  :-)

Click here to read a description of the class by a former student!

Birds of the Bay Area 

January 5 through February 9, plus field trips

Shorebirds are back, winter residents arrive in the regional parks, and the Central Valley fills with geese, swans and cranes. Raptors cross the skies. Join a very fun group of birders as we explore places to bird in the Bay Area and beyond. Evening lectures cover ID, behavior, and other bird-related items.

  • Six TUESDAY evening classes, January 5 through February 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Five three-hour field trips either Saturday or Sunday morning (your choice) following the class, times to be announced. One weekend-long trip on February 6-7, times and location to be announced.
  • Instructors: Rusty Scalf and Bob Lewis
  • Limited to 40 people.
  • $140 for GGAS members, $160 for non-members
  • Location: Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, directly across the street from Ashby BART in Berkeley. Free parking in the lot behind the center.
  • This class is now full but you may click here to sign up for the waiting list. 

 

Advanced Beginning Birdwatching

January 20 through February 17

The Advanced Beginning class is geared to people who have already taken our Beginning Birding class, OR who have birded once a month (on average) for at least a year. Participants must have and use binoculars confidently. Field trips will take you to five counties, including bayside, Delta and fresh water locations. This class will help you understand the various bird families and master tricky IDs, and will also introduce you to citizen science (bird counting/monitoring) activities.

  • Five Wednesday evening classes, January 20 through February 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Five Sunday field trips on the weekend following each class, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Instructor: Anne Hoff
  • Limited to 15 participants
  • $90 for GGAS members, $110 for non-members
  • Location: Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, directly across the street from Ashby BART in Berkeley. Free parking in the lot behind the center.
  • This class is now FULL but you may click here to  to sign up for the waiting list. 

 

Beginning Birdwatching — Daytime Section

January 26 through February 23

Winter in the Bay Area means  an abundance of visiting shorebirds and waterfowl. This great introduction to bird-watching will teach you about the migrants and seasonal visitors, as well as year-round residents. Instructor Anne Hoff will familiarize you with the tools of the trade — binoculars, field guides, scopes, and the best local places to watch birds.  In Tuesday afternoon classroom sessions, she’ll introduce you to different kinds of birds. Then on the following Saturday, she’ll help you spot them in the field! No prior birding experience required. Note: You will need to own or borrow binoculars for this class, but they are not necessary until the first field trip.

  • Five Tuesday afternoon classes, January 26 through February 23, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Five Saturday morning field trips, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Instructor: Anne Hoff
  • Limited to 15 participants
  • $90 for GGAS members, $110 for non-members
  • Location: Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, directly across the street from Ashby BART in Berkeley. Paid hourly parking available underneath the Ed Roberts Center building.
  • This class is now FULL. You may click here to be on the waiting list.

 

Birding By Ear – winter session

January 21 – February 25

Birds communicate by making a variety of sounds all year long, even in the middle of winter. This class focuses on bird sounds heard at this time of year in our area. We will learn to locate and identify birds by chirps and calls as well as songs of some species that are now starting to sing.

  • Six Thursday evening  classes, January 21 through February 25,  7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Six Saturday morning field trips, three hours in the morning
  • Instructor: Denise Wight
  • Limited to 20 participants
  • $120 for GGAS members, $140 for non-members
  • Location: Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, directly across the street from Ashby BART in Berkeley. Free parking in the lot behind the center.
  • This class is now FULL but you may click here to sign up for the waiting list.

 

North American Owls

February 2 – 10

Owls fascinate most of us.  Learn what makes owls different from other birds, how to identify them by sight and sound, and the basics of their habits and habitats.  Classes will be illustrated with slides, and with sounds of these birds of the night. Field trips will take us to local owl habitats, where we’ll hope to hear and see some owls. Fee $120 for GGAS members, $140 for non-members. Class size limited to 20.

  • Four evening classes: February 2, 3, 9 and 10, 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Three weekend afternoon and/or evening field trips in February and March: February 6, 14 and a date in March that is not yet determined. Trips will be re-scheduled in the even of poor weather for owing.
  • Instructor: Dave Quady
  • Limited to 20 participants
  • $120 for GGAS members, $140 for non-members
  • Location: league of Women Voters office, across the hall from the GGAS office. 2530 San Pablo Avenue (corner of Blake) in Berkeley. On-street parking available.
  • This class is now FULL but you may click here to  be on a waiting list.

 

San Francisco Classes with Joe Morlan

This schedule is tentative.

Evening bird classes taught by Joe Morlan and endorsed by Golden Gate Audubon Society will be starting March 1st and 2nd, 2016. All classes meet 7-9:15 p.m. in room 218 at City College of San Francisco, John Adams Center. Free parking is in the school lot adjacent to the building at 1860 Hayes Street. If the lot is full, additional parking may be available. See class calendars for details.

The instructor is coauthor of “Birds of San Francisco and the Bay Area” and “Birds of Northern California.” He is also coordinator of the recorded “Northern California Birdbox,” Chair of the California Bird Records Committee, and winner of the 2010 Ludlow Griscom Award for contributions to regional ornithology. Slides illustrate all lectures, and the text for all classes is “A Field Guide to Birds of North America,” sixth edition, by the National Geographic Society. “The Sibley Guide to Birds” is recommended as an adjunct text for both classes. Ornithology I will not be offered this semester.

  • Field Ornithology II (EA110) meets on Wednesdays March 2 through May 25. It is a continuing in-depth study of North American water birds including rails, cranes and shorebirds.
  • Field Ornithology III EA120) meets on Tuesdays March 1 through May 24 (no class March 8th). It is a continuing in-depth study of North American land birds including thrushes, thrashers, pipits, waxwings, and longspurs.

The instructor may arrange optional field trips on weekends. Please bring binoculars and field guides to class if you have them. Fees are $265 for EA110 (twelve week class) and $245 for EA120 (11 week class) but there is a $15 discount for each class if you pre-register at least a week early. For further information call (415) 561-1860. You can register online, or mail or fax this registration form.

For additional information see the official City College Continuing Education site.

 

What’s even more fun than taking one of our birding classes?

Taking it with a friend! Invite a birding buddy to register with you.