Workshop Registration Information and Class Details

Spring 2018 Workshops – Identifications Skills for Birders

When:  Five weeks, Mondays and Tuesdays, April 2- May 1, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

                Bird ID 101 for beginning bird watchers is on Mondays

                Bird ID 201 for intermediate bird watchers is on Tuesdays

Where: Duluth Folk School, 1917 W Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55806

Registration Fees:

General Attendance (includes 1 yr membership to DAS)      $50
Current Member (Duluth Audubon Society)                              $35
Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer                                      $35
Student                                                                                                       $25

Registration:         Limited to 25 per class.

Please register by contacting Chris Edwardson (DAS Treasurer) at chris.edwardson@gmail.com Indicate which class you would wish to attend (Bird ID 101 or 201) and if you are a current member of the Duluth Audubon Society, a MN Master Naturalist or a student.

You DO NOT need to have taken Bird ID 101 to take 201 and you may take both classes at the same time!

Payment for the workshop will be handled at the first class period.

Questions: With any questions about the content  of the workshop, please contact Clinton Nienhaus (instructor) at xanthomn@gmail.com.

BIRD WATCHING WORKSHOP 101

Bird watching is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the United States. Join Clinton Nienhaus, local educator, naturalist, and birder, for this foray into identifying birds for beginning bird watchers. The workshop will include tips on finding birds, their habitats, their behaviors, and tricks for identification. Each week will focus on a different topic: ethics, equipment, and habitat; sparrows; warblers; waterfowl; and shorebirds.

Weekly Session Descriptions:

Week 1, Introduction to Birding: Ethics, Equipment, and Habitat

The first week of Bird Watching Workshop 101 is all about the pastime of birding. Come and learn about important equipment and gear you may need to help you ID birds, as well as information on field guides. Also, we will look at where to find birds because some places are better than others when it comes to looking for birds. All of this information will be helpful moving forward to the following weeks!

Week 2, Sparrows

Most people I know think there really is only one species of “LBB” (Little Brown Birds), but sparrows are one of the most fun groups of birds, and a group that is easier than it seems to identify! Come learn about this family of birds, their diversity, and some ID tips to help you feel comfortable with this group of birds!

Week 3, Waterfowl

Very often waterfowl do not offer us close looks; and more often than not, we are forced to rely on scope views for proper ID. This week provides an introduction to waterfowl biology, as well as ID, especially at a distance!

Week 4, Warblers

The most colorful and vocal of our birds here in northern Minnesota are the warblers; but, they are also one of the trickiest groups to identify! This week of the workshop will have us investigating and learning about warblers -particularly ID tips, as there are some shortcuts when it comes to warbler ID.

Week 5, Shorebirds

This week we end our workshop series with another group of birds that can be hard to identify – shorebirds.  However, there are some shortcuts that can help with the ID!  Join us to discover the diversity of feeding styles, habitat use, and variation of shorebirds!

Saturday, May 5, (Optional) Field Trip!

If you participated in at least one of our sessions, you are eligible to come along on the ID Workshop field trip! This will be a great time to use all of the little tricks and tips you learned through the previous weeks, and really put them into practice! It will be a local Duluth area trip.  Stay tuned for location and trip details!

 

BIRD WATCHING WORKSHOP 201

This workshop is for the birder hoping to brush up on their ID skills among certain bird families! Join Clinton Nienhaus, local educator, naturalist, and birder, for this next level of introduction to those hard to ID groups of birds. We will be covering ID tips and tricks on some locally common species that give people fits and will hope to build confidence in further bird watching and bird learning. This workshop will investigate what tools exist for bird watchers hoping to learn more than the typical field guide will share; gulls (for two whole days!), raptors, and sparrows and warblers. You DO NOT need to have taken Bird ID 101 to take 201 and you may take both classes at the same time!

Weekly Session Descriptions:

Week 1, Birding is Hard!

The first week of Bird Watching Workshop 201 will cover what can make birding so hard: variation in species, molt, weather, and how to be a prepared bird watcher. This class hopes to build upon the way you look at birds and take your ID a step further. Remember, the more we know, the more we don’t know about birds!

Week 2, Seagulls or See, Gulls?!

Most people have a relationship with gulls in the Duluth area, but do they really know the diversity among this group of amazing species? This class is an introduction to the following week, which will cover the gulls that visit the Duluth area in the summer and winter seasons, as well as taking into consideration how to go about ID-ing gulls.

Week 3, Gull ID: Feather Study and Patience

This follow up gull ID class  hopefully will help you understand a few easy ways to go about learning to ID those confusing gulls. The Twin Ports area has one of the most diverse gull communities in the United States and most birders don’t take the time to look further than Herring and Ring-billed Gulls. This class will investigate common and rarer gulls in the area.

Week 4, Raptors

Duluth is home to one of the most amazing fall migration raptor migrations in the country!  Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory is right in town and is a world renowned migratory pathway. Raptors still remain a tricky group even if you have spent time looking at them, over and over again! This class will be a good primer to brush up on Raptor ID and what to look for in the field.

Week 5, Sparrows and Warblers

The last week of the Bird Watching Workshop 201 builds upon the Bird Watching Workshop 101 classes on sparrows and warblers. This class, however, will look at vocalizations of these species. Birding by ear can be rewarding, especially when trying to find those hard to see grassland sparrows and tree top loving warblers. A short ID introduction will be done on warblers and sparrows, but much of the time will be spent on vocalizations.

Saturday, May 5, (Optional) Field Trip!

If you participated in at least one of our sessions, you are eligible to come along on the ID Workshop field trip! This will be a great time to use all of the little tricks and tips you learned through the previous weeks, and really put them in to practice! It will be a local Duluth area trip.  Stay tuned for location and trip details!