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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.

San Francisco Classes with Joe Morlan

Evening bird classes taught by Joe Morlan and endorsed by Golden Gate Audubon Society will be starting February 24 and 25, 2015. 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 February 25 through May 20. It is a continuing in-depth study of North American birds including cormorants, pelicans, herons, storks, and vultures.
  • Field Ornithology III EA120) meets on Tuesdays February 24 through May 19. It is a continuing in-depth study of North American land birds including flycatchers, shrikes and vireos.

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 each twelve 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. Schedule and details for Fall 2014 are available here.

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Birding By Ear – spring session

March 19 through April 23, plus field trips

This class is now full. You may sign up to be on the waiting list.

Spring is almost here! Resident birds are singing and returning breeding birds will be adding their voices. It’s the perfect time to learn some of our local spring songsters. We will listen to bird songs in class, and visit various habitats to get a full range of the types of birds songs we hear in the Bay Area. Please visit instructor’s website www.denisewightbirds.com for field trip locations.

  • Six Thursday evenings, March 19 – April 23, 7  to 8:30 p.m.
  • Six Saturday field trips, March 21 – April 25,  8:30 to 11:30 am
  • Instructor: Denise Wight
  • Limited to 20 participants. Then there will be a waiting list in case any participants drop out.
  • $105 for GGAS members, $125 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.

Beginning Birding — spring session

March 30 through May 2

As of 3/19: This class is now full. You may sign up to be on the waiting list.

Spring in the Bay Area provides access to an abundance of migrating birds, as well as continuing winter visitors. 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.

  • Five classroom sessions on Monday evenings March 30 and April 6,13, 20 and 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Five field trips of 2.5 hours on the Saturday mornings after each class — April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2.
  • Limited to 16 participants. Then there will be a waiting list in case any participants drop out.
  • Fee: $85 for Golden Gate Audubon members, $105 for non-members.
  • Note new 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.

Advanced Beginning Birding – spring session

April 1 through May 3

This class is now full. You may sign up to be on the waiting list. 

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 classroom sessions on Wednesdays April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29,  from 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Five field trips of 3+ hours on the Sunday mornings after each class — April 5, 12, 19, 26 and May 3.
  • Limited to 16 participants.  Then there will be a waiting list in case any participants drop out.
  • Instructor: Anne Hoff
  • Fee: $100 for Golden Gate Audubon members, $120 for non-members.
  • Note new 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.

 

Birds of the Sierra, Session 1 – June 4 through 7

This session is now full. You may register to be on the waiting list.

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 PM on Thursday, and continues at a variety of Sierra birding sites through Sunday noon. The class fee includes:

  • The services of two instructors.
  • 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.

Cost: $155 for Golden Gate Audubon members, $175 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.

 

Birds of the Sierra, Session 2 – June 11 through 14

This session is now full. You may register to be on the waiting list.

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 PM on Thursday, and continues at a variety of Sierra birding sites through Sunday noon. The class fee includes:

  • The services of two instructors.
  • 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.

Cost: $155 for Golden Gate Audubon members, $175 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.

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.