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I’ll be teaching several exciting birding classes this fall and winter at Houston Audubon’s Edith Moore Sanctuary in west Houston. If you’re interested in attending, follow the link at the bottom.

 

ImageHawk Identification: September 3-21, 2013

In this class we will learn to identify hawks, from the small American Kestrel to the majestic Bald Eagle, and we will learn how and why hawks migrate. Houston is located along a major flyway: we will take advantage of this by spending time in the field practicing identifying hawks in flight as they pass through on their way from their breeding grounds in Northern Canada and Alaska to their wintering grounds in Central and South America.

Classes:  7 pm to 8:45 pm  Tuesdays  September 3 and September 17.

Field Trips:  8 AM  to 4 PM.   Saturdays  September 7 and September 21. 

 

ImageIntroduction to Birding: October 8 – November 2, 2013

In this class, we’ll learn the basics of birdwatching which will include learning about the habitat, migration, and behavior of birds, as well as how to identify them by family and species. Get ready to be fascinated by birds! In this class you will not only enrich your enjoyment of the birds in your own backyard, but you will attain a set of skills that will allow you to explore and expand your enjoyment of birds near and far.

Classes:  7 pm to 8:45 pm Tuesdays October 8 and October 29.

Field Trips:  8 AM to 4 PM.  Saturdays October 12 and November 2.

 

ImageSparrow Identification: November 12-23, 2013

Tired of calling sparrows “LBBs” (or, little brown birds)? In this class, you will learn to.recognize individual species of sparrows. What makes sparrows fun is that they are secretive and challenging to identify! The upper Texas coast is a great place to see wintering sparrows: Come learn about the seventeen different species that occur in our area.

Classes:  7 pm to 8:45 pm. Tuesdays November 12 and November 19.

Field Trips:  8 AM to 4 PM. Saturdays November 16 and November 23.

 

ImageWintering Waterfowl: December 10-21, 2013

The Upper Texas Coast is an amazing area for wintering waterfowl. Each year we have thousands of ducks (as many as 24 species) and thousands of geese (5 species possible) and mergansers (2 species). While the identification of male ducks is often straightforward, the same cannot be said of the more cryptically-colored females. Therein lies the challenge and fun of duck identification. In this class, we will learn techniques for separating the many different species of ducks, geese, and the mergansers.

Classes:  7 pm to 8:45 pm. Tuesdays December 10 and December 17.

Field Trips:  8 AM to 4 PM. Saturdays December 14 and December 21.

You do not have to attend all classes or field trips. You may leave the class or the field trip early if you desire. Naturally the more time you invest the more you learn. However, if you miss a class or a field trip you can make it up in any of the future classes.

All classes are $150 for Houston Audubon members ($175 for non-members). To learn more or to register, go here:

http://www.houstonaudubon.org/default.aspx/MenuItemID/733/MenuGroup/Birding.htm

 

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