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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.

Birding By Ear – March 13 through April 17

This Class is now FULL and there is a waiting list. (It filled up in the first five minutes of registration.)

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 Denise Wight’s website www.denisewightbirds.com for field trip locations.

Six Thursday evenings — 7:00 to 8:30 pm, March 13 – April 17.
Six Saturday field trips — 8:30 to 11:30 am, March 17 – April 19.

Online registration will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday February 5. To register for this class online, please click here.  Class is limited to 20 participants; then there will be a waiting list in case any registrants drop out. 

Class takes place in the East Bay at the Ed Roberts Campus, directly across the street from Ashby BART. The venue is easily reachable for people coming from both the East Bay and San Francisco. Free parking behind the building. Click here for directions.

Birds of the Sierra (1) – June 5 through 8

This Class is now FULL.  If you wish, you may register for the waiting list and we will contact you if there is an opening.

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 Sierran birds
  • one optional trip to Sierra Valley at night

Cost: $150 for Golden Gate Audubon members, $170 for non-members.

Instructors: Rusty Scalf & Bob Lewis. Detailed instructions and itinerary will be provided upon registration.

Online registration will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday February 5. To register for this class online, please click here.  Class is limited to 25 participants; then there will be a waiting list in case any registrants drop out.

Birds of the Sierra (2) – June 12 through 15

This Class is now FULL.  If you wish, you may register for the waiting list and we will contact you if there is an opening.

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 Sierran birds
  • one optional trip to Sierra Valley at night

Cost: $150 for Golden Gate Audubon members, $170 for non-members.

Instructors: Eddie Bartley & Bob Lewis. Detailed instructions and itinerary will be provided upon registration.

Online registration will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday February 5. To register for this class online, please click here. (Link will go live on February 5.) Class is limited to 25 participants; then there will be a waiting list in case any registrants drop out.

 

San Francisco Classes with Joe Morlan

Evening bird classes taught by Joe Morlan and endorsed by Golden Gate Audubon Society will be starting February 11 and 12, 2014. All classes meet 7-9:15 p.m. in room 218 at City College of San Francisco, John Adams Campus. 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” sponsored by Golden Gate Audubon Society and chair of the California Bird Records Committee. 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 meets on Wednesdays. It is a continuing in-depth study of North American birds including diving ducks, quail, partridges and grouse. Part A(EA110) starts February 12 and ends March 26; Part B (EA115) starts April 9 and ends May 21.
  • Field Ornithology III meets on Tuesdays. It is a continuing in-depth study of the identification and status of North American birds including alcids, pigeons, parrots and cuckoos. Part A (EA120) starts February 11 and ends March 25; Part B (EA125) starts April 8 and ends May 20.

The instructor may arrange optional field trips on weekends. Please bring binoculars and field guides to class if you have them. Fees are $155 for seven week classes 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 more fun than taking one of our birding classes? Taking it with a friend! Invite a birding buddy to register with you.