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Announcing GGAS fall birding classes!

July 5th, 2018

Fall is a great time to get back to class and expose yourself to nature through birding. Expand your knowledge of our resident birds and those passing through during fall migration.

Whether you’re a beginning or a veteran birder, we have a class for you. Golden Gate Audubon Society classes combine expert classroom instruction with field trips to maximize your learning and enjoyment. As always, GGAS members receive a discount on tuition.  Choose from these great classes:


Registration for August classes will open July 12 at 10:00am.


Ear Birding in the Field with Nathan Pieplow

Friday, Aug 17                                                         

Oakland East Bay Hills

Nathan Pieplow is the author of the recently published Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America and the forthcoming guide for Western North America. Put the listening and sonogram reading skills Nathan will present in his GGAS Speaker Series talk on Thursday evening Aug 16 into practice in the field!

Although late summer is a less intense time for bird songs and vocalizations, there will be plenty of sounds to study in the field.

  • One four hour field trip with on-location instruction, Friday Aug 17, 8:00 am to 12 noon.
  • Instructor: Nathan Pieplow
  • Limited to 16 participants
  • $40 for GGAS members, $50 for non-members
  • Oakland East Bay Hills. Final location details will be provided to participants.
  • The registration link will go live on July 12 at 10:00 am. Once the class is full, you may register to be on a waiting list.

Fall Migrations: Shorebirds of California

Aug 23 through Sept 16                                                   

Fort Mason, SF

Fall Migration is fantastic in the SF Bay Area and shorebirding in particular is world class. By late August, hundreds of thousands of “wind birds” have winged their way from their northern breeding grounds to the globally significant San Francisco Bay – a key portion of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network.

In three 2 hour classroom sessions we will focus on the amazing evolutionary adaptations, life histories and identification techniques of the 30 plus species of shorebirds that reside, pass through in migration or overwinter in California. On three Sunday field trips we’ll have opportunities to view and focus on this order but not at all ignore the myriad of other fall migrants and resident birds that we will encounter. Inclement weather will postpone field trips.

(There’s a break after the first class and field trip due to Labor Day, but participants are encourage to participate in World Shorebird Day that weekend.)

  • Three Thursday evening classes, Aug 23, Sept 6, 13 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Three three-hour Sunday field trips, Aug 26, Sept 9, 16.
  • Instructor: Eddie Bartley, eddie@naturetrip.com
  • Limited to 24 participants
  • $75 for GGAS members, $100 for non-members
  • Location: Fort Mason in S.F., Landmark Building C, Room C210. Parking, for a fee, on site.
  • The registration link will go live on July 12 at 11:00 am. Once the class is full, you may register to be on a waiting list.

Carpooling will be encouraged.

Please contact the instructor for additional information: eddie@naturetrip.com


GGAS Classes coming later this Fall 2018

all at the Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley 


Registration for these classes will open in August.


Raptors in a Day

Tentatively Sun., Sept 23 and Sat., Oct 13                       

Marin Headlands

Anne Ardillo


Beginning Birdwatching

Oct 15 through Nov 17 

Anne Hoff 


Advanced Beginning Birdwatching

Oct 17 through Nov 18 

Anne Hoff


Birding by Ear

Sept 27 through Nov 3

Denise Wight


Birds of the Bay Area

Oct 2 through Nov 11

Bob Lewis and Maureen Lahiff


New fall class with Rusty Scalf

Oct 17 to Nov 10                                 


Avian Treasure Hunt: Fall Migration

Oct 18 to Nov 3

Juan-Carlos Solis

For more information and registration, see the Classes page of our web site.