Golden Gate Audubon Society and California Academy of Sciences are very excited to offer our Master Birding course, for the sixth year. The objective of the course is to help 20 ambitious students enhance their birding and conservation skills, and develop 20 new active conservation community members for GGAS, The Academy, and other Bay Area institutions.
The Master Birding Program is an advanced class, and will be one year in duration, with 11 classes and 11 field trips. Classroom meetings will take place at The Academy to take advantage of The Academy’s collections and facilities. Field trips are designed to reinforce class subject matter and to get firsthand experience with the breadth of birds that occur in the Bay Area. Prior to taking the course, prospective students are expected to be able to identify California birds at an “intermediate level” (100+ species by sight, and 25+ species by sound). To successfully complete the program, students must commit to volunteer at least 100 hours with a Master Birder designated organization (GGAS, The Academy, and a long list of other Bay Area birding or conservation organizations) over a two-year period, and participate in at least 70% of the classes and field trips.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will have developed a field notebook documenting sightings of over 200 bird species, will know how to identify the more difficult bird species, will learn about avian physiology, behavior and taxonomy, and will develop an understanding of avian habitats and bird communities. Graduates will have participated in over 20 organized field trips, developed a backyard (local patch) list, and will have made a 10-minute presentation to the class on an avian topic of their choosing. Other details of the course will be presented to interested candidates.
Instructors are Jack Dumbacher, Eddie Bartley and Bob Lewis. Fee for the class is $700 for non-CAS or non-GGAS members, $600 for members. The class will start Wednesday February 13th, 2019, and will meet one Wednesday of each month, 6:30 – 9:00 PM. The class will finish in December 2019. Fieldtrips will typically take place on the weekend immediately following the class.
To sign up for the class, follow this link to the website, and fill out the questionnaire at the link on the bottom of the page.
Lincoln’s Sparrow photo by Rick Lewis