Becoming a better birder takes time and effort: birders must become comfortable with field marks, habitats, behavioral features, and seasonal fluctuations that impact which birds are likely to be present in a particular place. Simply learning to use binoculars, spotting scope, and field guides effectively can be a challenge, but once you are able to use them well, narrowing down an unidentified bird becomes much easier.
The Pascagoula River Audubon Center, along with local birding experts, is excited to offer a five-week birding class designed for novice birders. Each of the five sessions will focus on a particular group of birds and habitat, making this field-based and hands-on class ideal for new birders to get a lot of practice using binoculars, scopes, field guides, and other clues and characteristics.
Week one will focus on the basics of birding, including the use of optics and identification of our common backyard winter feeder birds.
The remaining four weeks will focus on: shorebirds and wading birds, sparrows and grassland birds, forest songbirds, and migrants. These classes will meet at different locations along the Mississippi Gulf Coast to provide habitat-based instruction and the ability to search for and identify birds by sight, song, and behavior.
The Novice Birding Class is a great way to increase your enjoyment of the outdoors, to develop a lifelong skill, and to spend time learning with experts in the field. Our class is open to ages 16 and above, and we do ask that a parent or guardian participate along with any 16 and 17 year olds.
Pre-registration is required by January 24. Please contact Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call to register and please specify your preferred cohort.
Cohort A meets: Jan 27, Feb 10, Feb 24, March 10, and March 24
Cohort B meets: Feb 3, Feb 17, March 3, March 17, and March 31