Introduction to Bird Observation 

Birds are awesome! Don't you agree?

Many of us see really neat birds every time we're outside. But since they are such a diverse group of creatures, it can be difficult to learn how to identify them. Where do you start? How do you tell a hawk from a vulture? Or a finch from a sparrow? We want to help!

Learning about birds and their behavior can be awesome in terms of knowledge, growth, and self satisfaction. And observing them is simply a remarkable way to spend time outdoors. Luckily, birds are one of the easiest types of animal to spot in the woods. And an understanding of birds is an amazing window into nature and ecology.

This 2 half-day class will not only get you started learning how to find and identify our local birds, but it will jump start a whole new way of observing nature. Learn how to combine seeing and hearing to increase your awareness of birds and other wildlife around you. Get comfortable with field guides, binoculars, and other tools that will help you on your learning journey. And learn how to link into a huge world-wide community!

ENROLLMENT NOT CURRENTLY OPEN - Please contact us to be notified when dates are announced for this class.

Class Cost: $75 per person

Class Dates

Class Times: 8am-1pm

Class Location: Our campus in Bastrop, TX at 137 Woodview Lane (read more about our campus here)

*This is an ADULT class but is open to ages of 13 and up. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult participant with a 1:1 ratio.

Your Instuctor: Mikael Behrens

In the early 1990s Mikael started taking zoology classes for fun while working on his computer science degree at the University of Texas. Ornithology was one of those classes, and since then he's been actively birding and volunteering for bird conservation and education activities in the Austin area. These have included Golden-cheeked Warbler surveys for The Nature Conservancy, leading field trips for the Travis Audubon Society, monthly bird surveys at Hornsby bend, many Christmas Bird Counts, and internet-based citizen science projects like eBird and iNaturalist. Since 2006 Mikael has been leading monthly bird walks in his northwest Austin neighborhood and blogging about the more than 200 species of birds he has found there. This neighborhood birding has fueled his excitement for showing people how they can experience nature without leaving the city.

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