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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.

 

Beginning Birdwatching

April 25 through May 23

This class is now FULL. You may register to be on a waiting list.

Learn about birds during spring migration! 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 Monday evening 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 Monday evening classes, April 25, May 2, 9, 16, and 23 – 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Five Saturday morning field trips, 9 to 11:30 a.m. on the weekend after each class
  • 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.
  • Click here to register online. Once the class is full, you may register to be on a waiting list.

 

Advanced Beginning Birdwatching

April 27 through May 25

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 be to East Bay woodland and grassland locations to see breeding birds.  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, April 27May 4, 11, 18,and 25 – 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Five three-hour field trips on the Sunday 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.
  • Click here to register online. Once the class is full, you may register to be on a waiting list.

 

Migrant Treasure Hunt: Spring Migration

April 26 through May 10

This class is now FULL. You may register to be on a waiting list.

Sharpen your birding skills this spring by better understanding bird behavior and migrant bird distribution patterns in time and space. Through this three-week class, you’ll get practical birding tips on what to look for when “hunting” for migratory birds and vagrants, with a strong emphasis on birdsong and bird behavior. At the end of this course you’ll be better prepared to find local migrant and vagrant birds with confidence.

  • Three Tuesday evening classes, April 26, May 3, and May 10,  7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Three six-hour Saturday field trips, May 7, 14, and 21,  8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Instructor:  Juan-Carlos Solis
  • Limited to 20 participants
  • $90 for GGAS members, $110 for non-members
  • Location: League of Women Voters office, across the hall from Golden Gate Audubon office. 2530 San Pablo Avenue (corner of Blake) in Berkeley.
  • Click here to register online.

 

Birding By Ear – Special Beginner’s Class!

April 28 through May 19

This class is now FULL. You may register to be on a waiting list.

Our Birding by Ear class is so popular that we are adding a second session! This class will be limited to people who HAVE NOT taken Denise’s regular Birding By Ear class before. If there are still openings by April 1st, we will also enroll people who have taken her class before.

This four week session will immerse you in the best time of year for learning breeding bird sounds, especially their songs. Field trips will be in held in the East Bay at well known hot spots – Valle Vista, Tilden Park, Redwood Regional Park and  Mitchell Canyon.

Note: Participants must choose a set of either Saturday OR Sunday field trips when they register. Both sets of trips go to the same scheduled location. Each set of trips is limited to 20 people.

  • Four Thursday evening  classes, April 28  through May 19,  7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Four Saturday OR Sunday morning field trips, April 30 through May 22, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Instructor: Denise Wight, www.denisewightbirds.com
  • Limited to 40 classroom participants (20 participants per field trip)
  • $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.
  • Click here to register. Once the class is full, you may register to be on a waiting list.

 

Birds of the Sierra, Session 1 – June 2 through 5

This session of the Sierra class is now FULL. You may register to be on a waiting list in case anyone drops out.

Summer in the Sierra is a birder’s dream. Woodpeckers and flycatchers in the forests, American Dippers in the streams, and Sandhill Cranes, American Bitterns, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Wilson’s Snipe and Swainson’s Hawks in the meadows. The class starts at Yuba Pass at 3 p.m. on Thursday, and continues at a variety of Sierra birding sites through Sunday noon. The class fee includes:

    • The services of two instructors (Bob Lewis and Rusty Scalf)
    • Six half-day birding adventures.
    • One dinner at the delightful SFS Sierra Campus in Bassetts.
    • One lecture at the SFS campus on Sierra birds.
    • One optional trip to Sierra Valley at night.

Participants are responsible for arranging their own lodging. Click on Yuba Pass_2016 for a tentative itinerary along with a list of possible motel and campsite accommodations. Questions? Contact Bob Lewis at bob@wingbeats.org.

Cost: $160 for Golden Gate Audubon members, $180 for non-members. Instructors: Rusty Scalf and Bob Lewis. Detailed instructions and itinerary will be provided upon registration. Class is limited to 25 participants; then there will be a waiting list in case any registrants drop out.

Click here to register online. Once the class is full, you may register to be on a waiting list.

 

Birds of the Sierra, Session 2 – June 9 through 12

Summer in the Sierra is a birder’s dream. Woodpeckers and flycatchers in the forests, American Dippers in the streams, and Sandhill Cranes, American Bitterns, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Wilson’s Snipe and Swainson’s Hawks in the meadows. The class starts at Yuba Pass at 3 p.m. on Thursday, and continues at a variety of Sierra birding sites through Sunday noon. The class fee includes:

  • The services of two instructors (Bob Lewis and Eddie Bartley)
  • Six half-day birding adventures.
  • One dinner at the delightful SFS Sierra Campus in Bassetts.
  • One lecture at the SFS campus on Sierra birds.
  • One optional trip to Sierra Valley at night.

Participants are responsible for arranging their own lodging. Click on Yuba Pass_2016-B for a tentative itinerary along with a list of possible motel and campsite accommodations. Questions? Contact Bob Lewis at bob@wingbeats.org.

Cost: $160 for Golden Gate Audubon members, $180 for non-members. Instructors: Eddie Bartley and Bob Lewis. Detailed instructions and itinerary will be provided upon registration. Class is limited to 25 participants; then there will be a waiting list in case any registrants drop out.

Click here to register online.  Once the class is full, you may register 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.