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Winter Birding Classes

October 31st, 2018

Give yourself the gift of a winter birding class! Give the gift to a friend or family member! Expand your knowledge of our resident birds, those passing through, and those wintering over in our area.

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.

Beginning Birdwatching Full

Register to be on the waitlist

January 7 through February 11

Learn about birds that spend the winter with us, both migrants and seasonal visitors and year-
round residents. Instructor Anne Hoff will familiarize you with the tools of the trade −
binoculars, field guides, and the best local places to watch birds.  In Monday evening classroom
sessions, she’ll introduce you to birds and their habitats. 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 a pair of binoculars or borrow them from a friend for this class, but they are not necessary
until the first field trip.

  • Five Monday evening classes, Jan 7, 14, (no class Jan 21), 28; Feb 4, 11 – 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Five Saturday morning field trips, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Jan 12, 19, 26; Feb 2, 9.
  • Instructor: Anne Hoff
  • Limited to 16 participants
  • $100 for GGAS members, $120 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. ERC strives to maintain a fragrance-free
    environment. Please refrain from using scented products.

Register HERE beginning 9a.m. on November 7. Once the class is full, you may
register to be on a waiting list.

 

Advanced Beginning Birdwatching

January 9 through February 10

The Advanced Beginning class is geared to people who have already taken our Beginning
Birdwatching 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 woodland, wetland,
and shore locations.  This class will help you with some of the  more challenging IDs and further
develop your skills using resources and references. In addition, conservation issues and citizen
science programs to address them will be presented.

  • Five Wednesday evening classes, Jan 9, 16, 23, 30; Feb 6 − 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 16 participants
  • $100 for GGAS members, $120 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.  ERC strives to maintain a fragrance-free
    environment. Please refrain from using scented products.

The registration HERE beginning at 9:30a.m. on November 7. Once the class is full, you may
register to be on a waiting list.

 

A Deep Dive into Diving Birds

January 8 through 26

California and the Bay Area provide winter homes for many species of pelagic birds, birds that
are adapted to life in a deep water environment. This is a short course on the natural history
and identification of commonly found members of the families Alcidae (puffins, murres,
murrelets, guillemots), Gaviidae (loons), Podicipedidae (grebes) and Anatidae (ducks, geese,
and swans). This grouping allows a close study of adaptive strategies that are commonly
engaged by those species (so many of which are typically bichromatic in winter: dark above and
white below), such as salt glands and waterproofing, as well as divergent characteristics that
will help us better differentiate them in the field. The class offers illustrated explanations of
these strategies as well as dietary practices and cycles of breeding, molt, and migration.
Presentations will be supported by the California Academy of Sciences’s specimen collections as
well as by photographs from the archives of International Bird Rescue.

  • Three Tuesday evening classes, Jan 8, 15, and 22; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Two three-hour field trips, Saturday Jan 19 and 26
  • Instructor: Megan Prelinger
  • Limited to 20 participants
  • $100 for GGAS members, $120 for non-members
  • Location: California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, SF (Detailed directions will
    be provided.)
  • Register HERE beginning at 10:00 a.m. on November 7. Once the class is full, you may
    register to be on a waiting list.

 

Birding by Ear Full

Register to be on the waitlist

January 10 through February 16

Birds communicate by making a variety of sounds all year long, even in the middle of winter.
This class focuses on bird sounds heard at this time of year in our area. We will learn to locate
and identify birds by chirps and calls as well as songs of some species that are now starting to
sing.Field trip locations can be found on the instructor’s website, http://www.denisewightbirds.com/.

  • Six Thursday evening classes, Jan 10 to Feb 14; 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Six three-hour field trips on the Saturday following each class, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Instructor: Denise Wight
  • Limited to 20 participants
  • $120 for GGAS members, $140 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. ERC strives to maintain a fragrance-free
    environment. Please refrain from using scented products.

Register HERE beginning at 10:30 a.m. on November 7. Once the class is full, you may
register to be on a waiting list.

 

Birds of the Bay Area Full

Register to be on the waitlist

January 22 through February 17

It’s winter!  It might even rain!  But ducks and shorebirds are wintering in the area.  Geese and
cranes are in the Central Valley and hawks are in the air!  Join an enthusiastic group of birders
to experience birding locations in our area while learning about bird ID and a variety of other
bird-related topics. Field trip locations can be found on the instructor’s website, http://www.wingbeats.org/.

  • Four Tuesday evening classes, Jan 22 to Feb 12; 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Three three-hour field trips on the Saturday or Sunday (your choice) following each class
    plus one weekend long field trip on Feb 16-17.
  • Instructors:  Rusty Scalf and Bob Lewis
  • Limit to 40 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. ERC strives to maintain a fragrance-free
    environment. Please refrain from using scented products.

Register HERE beginning at 11a.m. on November 7. Once the class is full, you may
register to be on a waiting list.